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.