Built and Social Environment SIG

SIG name

Built and Social Environment

SIG leaders

List of local Investigators (name and affiliation)

  • Gina Trapp, Telethon Kids Institute; School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia
  • Hayley Christian, School of Population and Global Health; Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia
  • Brennen Mills, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • Peter Sly, Child Health Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland
  • Peter Franklin, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia
  • Jianghong Li, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University
  • Manon Dontje, School of Population and Global Health, The University of Western Australia
  • Bryan Boruff, School of Agriculture & Environment, The University of Western Australia
  • Gavin Pereira, School of Public Health, Curtin University

Overview of the current data resources available in the SIG area

  • Raine participants home address’ have been geocoded at ages 14, 17, 20 and 22
  • Raine participants 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 etc
  • Social environment data includes: social support, peer pressure, perceived safety, sense of community, work social environment, family support, family function, relationships etc

Overview of current/recent SIG activity

  • 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
  • Non-linear relationship between maternal work hours and child body weight
  • Mother’s and father’s work hours and adolescent social and emotional health
  • Parents’ nonstandard work schedules and mental health in adolescent children
  • Parents’ work hours and work schedules and risk-taking behaviour in adolescents

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
  • The relationship between nature contact and children’s health & development

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.

List of National/International Collaborating Investigators (name and affiliation)

  • Dr Lukar Thornton, Deakin University, Melbourne

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

  • Sarah Johnson, Jianghong Li, Garth Kendall, Lyndall Strazdins, Peter Jacoby. Mothers’ and Fathers’ Work Hours, Child Gender and Behavior in Middle Childhood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 2013, 75: 56-74.
  • Jianghong Li, Therese O’Sullivan, Sarah Johnson, Fiona Stanley, Wendy Oddy. Maternal work hours in early to middle childhood link to later adolescent diet quality. Public Health Nutrition 2012, 15 (10): 1861-1870.
  • 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).
  • Trapp G. Examining the influence of neighbourhood food and alcohol environments on adolescent health. Early Career Fellowship, NHMRC #1073233, ($304,596 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 2014-2020).
  • Trapp G. Built food environments and child health. Bendat Family Foundation, Children’s Research Scholarship ($8,400, 2015).

Examples of recent media

Pending