• The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Paula Hooper is a Healthway Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Australian Urban Design  Research Centre (AUDRC) within the School of Design at the University of Western Australia.

Her multidisciplinary research work has studied the impact of the built environment and urban design on health and wellbeing and has had a strong focus on policy-relevance and research-translation, for which she has won numerous planning industry-based awards.

Her current Healthway Research Fellowship will see her developing,  implementing and evaluating an evidence-based health impact planning support system to assist  in the design and creation of healthy liveable communities.
Paula is highly skilled in spatial analytics and the use of geographic informations systems and the  development of measurement methods of urban design features and public open space.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Industry keywords

  • Built Environment
  • Health
  • Environmental

Research expertise keywords

  • Urban Planning
  • Public health
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Physical activity and obesity
  • Health and the built environment
  • Health promotion evaluation
  • Health promotion
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Planning theory and professional practice
  • Geography
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Spatial statistics
  • Epidemiological methods
  • Evaluation
  • Policy evaluation
  • Urban analytics
  • Planning support systems
  • Public participatory GIS


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