Associate Professor Melody Smith-nee Oliver

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Associate Head - Research

Biography

Aspirations for neighbourhoods where children can be independently mobile, where people can get around safely by walking and cycling, and where social and physical well-being is prioritised and facilitated are key drivers of my research. Most of this work involves the integration of objective measurement of behaviours and outcomes (e.g., accelerometry, inclinometry, GPS, GIS), as well as person-centred methods (participatory planning, online mapping).

I am fortunate to work with amazing researchers and students across a range of exciting and innovative projects that contribute to understanding the links between built and social environments and health and well-being in children and their families. 

Research | Current

Neighbourhoods for Active Kids: http://kidsinthecity.ac.nz/?page_id=219

Te Ara Mua - Future Streets for Auckland; http://www.futurestreets.org.nz/

Kids in the City: http://kidsinthecity.ac.nz/?page_id=52

Enabling Participation for Disabled Children and Young People: http://kidsinthecity.ac.nz/?page_id=247

Postgraduate supervision

CURRENT

PhD

Yijun Zhang (primary), Green space and its role for adolescent well-being

Tessa Pocock (primary), Positive ageing in Auckland communities: Exploring relationships between the built and social environments of older adults at risk of frailty and their perceptions of ageing in place

Tamara Bozovic (secondary), Quality of the walking environment and difficulties to access local destinations

Jamie Hosking (secondary), Low-carbon routes to health equity: the impacts of transport policy on health equity,

population health and greenhouse gas emissions

Fiona Yu (secondary), Exploring Resilience in Intensive Care Nurses in New Zealand

Masters theses

Jency Jacob (primary), The Course of Postoperative Pain following Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty

Jo Thomson (primary), What is the experience of families and Healthcare Professionals of having an obesity diagnosis discussion in Kidz First Emergency Department?

 

COMPLETE

Doctoral theses

Erika Ikeda, 2019 (primary): Associations between Environmental Attributes and Children’s Active Travel to School

Victoria Egli, 2019 (primary): Neighbourhoods for Healthy Kids: A child-centred investigation into the role of the built environment on child body size

Moushumi Chaudhury, PhD, 2017 (primary): Public Open Space Attributes in Relation to Children’s Independent Mobility Experience in Urban Auckland, New Zealand

Stephanie Schoeppe, 2014 (tertiary): Child independent mobility and active travel: Methods, measures, and associations with physical activity and sedentary behaviour

Lisa Mackay, 2013 (secondary): Physical activity profiling of New Zealand adults: a study of adults with and without young children

Nicholas Garrett 2013 (secondary): Local places for physical activity: how important are they?

Masters theses

Julia McPhee, 2015 (secondary):Exploring the acceptability of and adherence to a carbohydrate-restricted, high fat diet as an instrument for weight-loss in women aged 40-55 years

Victoria Barton, 2014 (primary): Controlled trial of strategies to increase fundamental movement skills in preschoolers

Losi Sa'u Lilo, 2013 (secondary): Health literacy among Pacific mothers in New Zealand: Exploring the associations of demographic and behavioural factors with health literacy of Pacific mothers in the context of Pacific health and well-being

Janine Shepherd, 2010 (secondary): The associations between cardiovascular disease risk factors, self reported and objectively measured physical activity, and happiness

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Ikeda, E., Mavoa, S., Cavadino, A., Carroll, P., Hinckson, E., Witten, K., & Smith, M. (2020). Keeping kids safe for active travel to school: A mixed method examination of T school policies and practices and children’s school travel behaviour. Travel Behaviour and Society, 21, 57-68. 10.1016/j.tbs.2020.05.008
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alana Cavadino
  • Smith, M., Hawley, G., Mackay, L., Hosking, J., Mackie, H., Ikeda, E., ... Witten, K. (2020). Impact of changing road infrastructure on children's active travel: A multi-methods study from Auckland, New Zealand. Journal of Transport and Health, 1810.1016/j.jth.2020.100868
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jamie Hosking
  • Macmillan, A., Smith, M., Witten, K., Woodward, A., Hosking, J., Wild, K., & Field, A. (2020). Suburb-level changes for active transport to meet the SDGs: Causal theory and a New Zealand case study. The Science of the total environment, 71410.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136678
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Adrian Field, Alistair Woodward, Jamie Hosking
  • Smith, M., Ikeda, E., Hawley, G., Mavoa, S., Hosking, J., Egli, V., ... Amann, R. (2020). An integrated conceptual model of environmental needs for New Zealand children’s active travel to school. Journal of Transport and Health, 1610.1016/j.jth.2019.100814
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49809
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jinfeng Zhao, Niamh Donnellan, Jamie Hosking
  • Sullivan, E., Egli, V., Donnellan, N., & Smith, M. (2020). Policies to enable children’s voice for healthy neighbourhoods and communities: a systematic mapping review and case study. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, online first10.1080/1177083X.2020.1772325
  • Jia, P., Yu, C., Remais, J. V., Stein, A., Liu, Y., Brownson, R. C., ... Smith, M. (2020). Spatial Lifecourse Epidemiology Reporting Standards (ISLE-ReSt) statement. Health and Place10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102243
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49807
  • Mavoa, S., Lucassen, M., Denny, S., Utter, J., Clark, T., & Smith, M. (2019). Natural neighbourhood environments and the emotional health of urban New Zealand adolescents. Landscape and Urban Planning, 191.10.1016/j.landurbplan.2019.103638
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48684
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Terryann Clark, Mathijs Lucassen
  • Smith, M., Amann, R., Cavadino, A., Raphael, D., Kearns, R., Mackett, R., ... Mavoa, S. (2019). Children's Transport Built Environments: A Mixed Methods Study of Associations between Perceived and Objective Measures and Relationships with Parent Licence for Independent Mobility in Auckland, New Zealand. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16 (8).10.3390/ijerph16081361
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48188
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Alana Cavadino, Deborah Raphael, Robin Kearns, Jinfeng Zhao

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M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 235A
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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