Researcher Profile

Dr Bryan Boruff

Bryan Boruff
Bryan Boruff

Phone: +61 8 6488 2700

Research Expertise:
  • Geographic information systems
  • Remote sensing
  • Environmental geography
  • Environmental management
  • Natural hazards
  • Population health
  • Renewable energy

Future Research

I am currently accepting inquiries from Honours, Masters and PhD students interested in hazard risk and vulnerability, disaster recovery and emergency management, influences of the built environment on health, and environmental management and planning applications of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies.

Funding Received

Australian National Data Service $317,000(AUD); co-investigators Bull, F., Boruff, B, Wood, L., and Hooper, P. POSITVE PLACES: spatial analysis of public open space. 2012.

Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network $299,919(AUD); co-investigators Giles-Corti, B., Boruff, B., Bull, F., Whitzman, C., and Butterworth., I. Development and trial of an automated open source walkability tool. 2012.

Iraq Partnership Facility AusAID and Coffey International Development Pty Ltd $591,644.90(AUD); GIS and Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications. 2011.

Centre for Research into Energy for Sustainable Transport $132,097(AUD); co-investigators Borowitzka, M., Boruff, B.J., Moheimani, N., and Clifton, J. Identification of the optimum sites for industrial-scale microalgae biofuel production in WA using a GIS model. 2011-2012.

Healthway, $323,668(AUD); co-investigators Giles-Corti, B., Saarloos, D., Knuiman, M., Boruff, B.J., Zubrick, S., Wood, L. Long-term follow-up of Liveable Neighbourhoods: research into practice. The built environment & health - associations across the life course. 2010-2012.

Healthway, $750,000(AUD); co-investigators Giles-Corti, B., Knuiman, M., Boruff, B.J., Bull, F., Wood, L., Hickling, S., Christian, H., and Shilton, T. The impact of neighbourhoods and other settings on physical activity and other health outcomes: A longitudinal study. 2010-2014.

Wheatbelt Regional Development Scheme, $28,466(AUD); co-investigators Clifton, J., Boruff, B. and Tonts M. Site Options for Concentrated Solar Power Generation in the Wheatbelt. 2008.
University of Western Australia Research Grants Scheme, $13,000(AUD); Temporal economic implications of environmental hazards in Western Australia communities: examining socio-economic indicators for recovery modeling. 2007.

Australian Department of Environment and Water Resources, $41,500(AUD); co-investigators Tonts, M., Clifton, J., and Boruff B. An analysis of the marine industries of the North West marine region. 2007.

Australian Department of Environment and Water Resources, $28,992(AUD); co-investigators Tonts, M. Clifton, J., Boruff, B., and Elrick, C. A Socio-economic Overview in the North-west Marine Region. 2007.

University of South Carolina Coastal Resiliency Information Systems Initiative for the
Southeast, $25,000(USD); co-investigators Cutter, S.L., Mitchell, J.T., and Boruff, B.J. Predicted vs. observed social vulnerability of coastal residents: hurricane Katrina impacts in Mississippi and Alabama. 2005.

National Geographic Society. $26,493(USD); co-investigators Boruff, B.J. and Cutter, S.L. Measuring the social and biophysical vulnerability of small island nations. 2003-2004.


BA MA Flor.At., PhD S.Carolina


- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- Geographic Information System Applications
- Geographic Information Systems and Remote
- Geographic Research Methods
- Geographic Field Methods


Bryan’s expertise lay in the application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies to the study of environmental hazards and disaster management. He has particular interests in the methodological development of risk and vulnerability assessments from a place based perspective. Recent, collaborations have expanded Bryan’s research to encompass a range of environmental management issues including renewable energy production, population health and rural development. He has extensive experience working in developing nations in a multidisciplinary settings with academic, private and government stakeholders.


Centre for the Biult Environment and Health, UWA
Oceans Institute, UWA
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facilities (NCCARF) network for Emergency Services and Disaster Management (core member)
MAPS-WA Executive Committee

Previous Positions

National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, January 2006-2007 Pacific Disaster Center Kihei, Hawaii

Postdoctoral Research Associate, August 2005-December 2005, University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina

ID: 149450

Most frequent journals
  • BMJ Open

    ISSNs: 2044-6055

    The BMJ Publishing Group

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 2.66 SJR 1.446 SNIP 1.252

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Health Education and Behavior

    ISSNs: 1090-1981, 1552-6127

    SAGE Publications Inc.

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 1.72 SJR 0.976 SNIP 0.93

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Health and Place

    ISSNs: 1353-8292, 1873-2054

    Elsevier Limited

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.08 SJR 1.355 SNIP 1.273

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Environment: science and policy for sustainable development

    ISSNs: 0013-9157, 1939-9154

    Taylor and Francis Ltd.

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.89 SJR 0.507 SNIP 0.916

    Journal: ERA2015

  • Environmental Science and Policy

    ISSNs: 1462-9011, 1873-6416

    Elsevier BV

    Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 3.9 SJR 1.656 SNIP 1.605

    Journal: ERA2015

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