Built and Social Environment SIG

SIG leaders

List of Investigators

Local

  • Dr Bryan Boruff, The University of Western Australia
  • Dr Gavin Pereira, Curtin University
  • Dr Jianghong Li, Curtin University
  • Dr Manon Dontje, University of Western Australia
  • Dr Peter Franklin, University of Western Australia

National

  • Dr Lukar Thornton, Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Professor Peter Sly, University of Queensland
  • Dr Amanda Wheeler, Australian Catholic University
  • Dr Suzanne Mavoa, University of Melbourne

Overview of the current data resources available in the SIG area

  • Home address’ have been geocoded at ages 14, 17, 20 and 22
  • School address’ at age 14 have been geocoded
  • Potential to link participant data with built environment data including food outlets, alcohol and tobacco outlets, other destinations, land use mix, street connectivity, residential density, greenness, park access and attributes, beach access, air pollution, traffic exposure, crime, housing type and age, indoor home environment, and indices such as the walkability index and liveability index
  • Social environment data includes: SEIFA index, social support, peer pressure, perceived neighbourhood safety, sense of community, work social environment, family structure, function, support and relationships etc

Overview of current/recent SIG activity

The Build and Social Environment SIG research has involved linking built environment data with Raine survey data.  A number of projects focussed on the health impact of nature contact and alcohol and food outlet access have been undertaken.  More details of these projects are listed below.  Please contact the SIG co-chairs to find out more.

  • Impact of exposure to green space on youth health
  • Influence of the built environment on child health & development
  • Influence of the neighbourhood food environment on dietary intake and weight status in adolescents and young adults
  • Association between access to alcohol in the neighbourhood and (i) alcohol intake and (ii) mental health in adolescents and young adults

Outline of SIG plans for next 5 years

  • Influence of the built environment on child health & development
  • Influence of the built food environment on dietary intake and weight status in adolescents and young adults
  • Access to sporting and recreational facilities and youth physical activity
  • Influence of the peer and family social environment on child health
  • Impact of social environment (familial level and more macro-level social, economic and political factors) on child health and development

Brief list of potential student/early career researcher projects

  • Influence of the built environment on child health & development outcomes (physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, mental health, weight status etc)
  • The relationship between nature contact and children’s health & development outcomes (physical activity, sedentary behaviour, sleep, mental health, weight status etc)
  • Tha microbiome and nature contact

Please contact the Built and Social Environment SIG Leaders if you are interested in a research project incorporating Built and Social Environment data and they will coordinate whom to contact within the group.

Top 5-10 key findings (with reference)

  • Access to alcohol outlets influences alcohol consumption in young adults: Examining associations between liquor licences and alcohol consumption in Raine participants at 20 and 22-years, and whether changes in the licences between time-points influenced alcohol consumption, suggested that limiting liquor licences could contribute to a reduction in young adults’ alcohol intake.   Reference: Foster S, Trapp G, Hooper P, Oddy WH, Wood L, Knuiman M. 2017. Liquor landscapes: Does access to alcohol outlets influence alcohol consumption in young adults? Health and Place, 45:17-23.

List of indicative recent publications

  • Foster S, Trapp G, Hooper P, Oddy WH, Wood L, Knuiman M. 2017. Liquor landscapes: Does access to alcohol outlets influence alcohol consumption in young adults? Health and Place, 45:17-23.

List of current/recent grants

  • Christian, H. Wheeler, A, Trapp, G, Callan, A, Boruff, B, Heyworth, J, Larcombe, A, Pereira, G, Zhang, B, Franklin, P, Eikelboom, R. Exposure to Green Space: Impacts on Youth Health. Early Environment Research Focus Area Seeding Grant – Built Environment, Pollutants and Toxicants Working Group, Telethon Kids Institute.  $11,144.00
  • 2015; Trapp G. Built food environments and child health. Bendat Family Foundation, Children’s Research Scholarship.  $8,400.00
  • 2014-2020;  Trapp G. Examining the influence of neighbourhood food and alcohol environments on adolescent health. Early Career Fellowship, NHMRC #1073233.  $304,596.00
  • 2014-2020; Trapp G. Neighbourhood food environments: are they associated with dietary intake, alcohol consumption and adiposity in young people? Early Career Researcher Fellowship Support, The University of Western Australia #RA/1/1997/27.  $29,976.00

Other Data

The Raine Study has extensive data on behaviours, environment and social outcomes that can be linked with Built and Social Environment data.  For example, physical and mental health status and health behaviours.