• Built Environment and Health (Impact of built environment on children through to older adults; evaluation of built environment interventions)
  • Built Environment and health



  • Professor Billie Giles-Corti is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and in 2011 became Director of the Melbourne University School of Population Health, McCaughey Centre, VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing. Until July 1st 2011, she was the Director of UWA, Centre for the Built Environment and Health.

    For nearly two decades, she and a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and post-graduate research students have been studying the impact of the built environment on health, social and health behavior outcomes including walking, cycling, public transport use, overweight and obesity, social capital and dog walking. A leading public health researcher in Australia and recognized internationally for her research on the health impacts of the built form, Professor Giles-Corti serves on numerous international, national and state committees and boards. She publishes across five fields (population health, sports science, geography, sustainability, landscape architecture) and has co-authored around 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, seven book chapters and around 80 government and NGO technical reports. She has been a CI on grants totaling over $11 million and since 2000, has given over 60 international and national invited presentations. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University and became a Fellow of the Public Health Association, and in 2011, won the inaugural Public Health Association’s Mentor of the Year Award.   


Member of

  • Australian Health Promotion Association. Committee Member, 1988-1989 1997 -
  • Curtin Alumni Association. Honorary Life Member 1997 -
  • Public Health Association. WA President 1997-1998; Treasure 1992-1994 1997 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • International grants

    1. Shiell A, Giles-Corti B, Auld MC, Smithers WL, Friedenreich CM. Eco-EUFORIA. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2007-2009: Cnd. $593,644 (2007: $269,032; 2008: $220,583; 2009: $104,029)

    Nationally competitive grants (NHMRC, NHF, ARC)

    1. Giles-Corti B. NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship #1004900, 2011-2015: $765,000.
    2. Heyworth J, Fritischi J, Bull FC, Giles-Corti B, Waters F, Boyle T & Girschik J. NHMRC Equipment Grant – Actiwatch Spectrum Bank, 2009: $29,000.
    3. Giles-Corti B. Research Fellowship NHMRC #513702, 2008-2012: $575,000.
    4. Turrell G, Oldenburg B, Giles-Corti B, Burton N, Giskes K, Haynes M, Brown W. A longitudinal multilevel study of change in physical activity in mid-age and factors associated with change. NHMRC #497236, 2008-2010: $705,000
    5. Sly P, Franklin P, McMichael T, Hanna E, Giles-Corti B, Immig J. Children’s environmental health in Australia: Setting a research agenda. ARACY ARC/NHMRC Research Network Seeding Grant Program, 2007: $39,566.
    6. Giles-Corti B, Knuiman M, Almedia O, Van Niel K, Donovan RJ, Durack R, Affleck F, Zubrick S. The impact of urban design on physical and mental health: Building capacity for research across the life course. NHMRC #458668, 2007-2011: $2,067,750 ($413,550/year).
    7. Giles-Corti B, Sheill A, Geelhoed E, Beggs S, Pikora T. EcoRESIDE: An economic evaluation of urban design as a means of promoting physical activity and health. NHMRC # 458768, 2007-2009: $363,875 (2007: $141,875; 2008: $113,500; 2009: $108,500).
    8. Giles-Corti B, Van Niel K, Timperio A, Pikora T, McCormack G. The impact of urban design on active transportation patterns in children. NHMRC #403933, 2006-2008: $355,000 (2006: $126,000; $119,000, $109,000).
    9. Giles-Corti B. NHMRC/NHF Partnership Career Development Award, NHMRC/NHF #254688, 2003-2008: $417,000.
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Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Western Australia 1998
  • MASc, Curtin University of Technology 1988
  • GDipHSc, Western Australia Institute of Technology 1986
  • BApSc 1984

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, 2012
  • Mentor of the Year Award, Public Health Association, 2011
  • Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia, 2008
  • ITT Fulbright Fellowship, 2007



Available for supervision

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