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During this event Emma Baker and Rebecca Bentley will present a talk titled 'The health and wellbeing effects of housing: Small steps to a big story'.

Detail Summary
Date 29 November 2018
Time 15:30 - 17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Room REC B2.05


Where we live is a major determinant of our health, our happiness, and even our life expectancy. Surprisingly though, perhaps because housing is so tightly woven into the fabric of our lives, it is hard to define causal relationships between housing and health apart from particularly strong pathways that affect very specific groups in the population e.g. asbestos and mesothelioma.

Over the last 10 years there has been a concerted focus by a number of researchers to improve our understanding and measurement of the ways in which our housing and its location impacts health and wellbeing. This talk charts the development of that recent evidence base across disciplines and emerging methodological approaches.

Affordable, secure, well located, and good quality housing are all strongly implicated in health outcomes, but the relationship is rarely one of sole causes and simple direct effects.  Across complex pathways, housing and locational features are shown to combine, mediate, protect, and affect health outcomes. Understanding this complexity is central to designing health urban environments and reducing inequities in population health.

About the speakers

Dr. Emma Baker is an ARC Future Fellow and Reader in Housing. She has a PhD in Geography and BA (Hons.) from Adelaide University. Her PhD thesis was entitled "Public Housing Tenant Relocation: Residential Mobility, Satisfaction, and the Development of a Tenant's Spatial Decision Support System". Her work examines the impact of housing and location in urban and regional environments, producing academic, as well as policy-relevant research. Dr Baker's recent publications include analyses of the housing implications of economic, social, and spatial change in Australia, work quantifying health effects of housing tenure and affordability, research on the effects of precarious and vulnerable housing. Her current ARC Future fellowship investigates multiple housing problems and their effects on health and wellbeing.    

Dr. Rebecca Bentley is a Principal Research Fellow in Social Epidemiology in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Over the past ten years, Rebecca has developed a research program exploring the role of housing and residential location in shaping health and wellbeing in Australia. This research has a particular focus on housing affordability, tenure and their measureable effects on individual health and wellbeing. Work from this program was awarded the Mike Berry Award for Excellence in Housing Research for 2015. Rebecca is currently an ARC Future Fellow undertaking research focussed on housing affordability and socio-economic and wellbeing outcomes in Australia.

Organisation and admission

This talk is organised by Prof. Richard Ronald in collaboration with the Centre for Urban Studies and is open to all. Please let us know if you are planning to come by sending an email to

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

Room REC B2.05

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