Dr Lucy Gunn
Dr Gunn’s research explores the relationship between the built environment and health and wellbeing outcomes. To investigate this she uses a variety of statistical methods on geographic information system (GIS) data of the built environment combined with survey data on health and wellbeing.
A key interest is in understanding which built environments are supportive of health, since this provides an evidence base to policy makers and planners on what constitutes a good built environment and provides feedback on the implementation of current and previous urban plans. Recent research conducted in partnership with the Victorian Planning Authority used a quantitative health impact assessment model to evaluate and perform an economic evaluation of differing built environments based on two different precinct structure plans in the metropolitan Melbourne area.
She has found inequity in peoples’ wellbeing when examining access to social infrastructure. Other research has explored the use of indicator systems based on consultancy work and involvement with Community Indicators Victoria in partnership with EPAV, Ballarat, Boroondara and Cardinia Councils. In this capacity she has delivered training on the use of indicators in Community, Health and Wellbeing planning using Results Based Accountability.