Dr Niamh Donnellan

PhD

Biography

Niamh* is passionate about understanding how the social and built envionments can encourage or hinder active transport and physical activity behaviours in children and adults. Her research focuses on developing suitable geospatial methods for assessing these environments in order to identify neighbourhood attributes favourable to walking and cycling.

Niamh completed her PhD in Health Geography in April 2017. Her thesis was titled A Geospatial approach to measuring the built environment for active transport, physical activity and health outcomes.

She is currently completing geospatial analyses on data from the Neighbourhoods for Active Kids study funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

 

*pronounced Nia+iv or check out how her name sounds here.

Research | Current

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

 

Research interests

  • GIS
  • Spatial analysis
  • Health inequalities
  • Child health
  • Built environment
  • Active transport, physical activity

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhao, J., Chang, K., Mackay, L., Ikeda, E., Donnellan, N., & Smith, M. (2018). Visualising children’s activity patterns and their association with obesity status and geography. Paper presented at Joint conference of the New Zealand Geographical Society and the Institute of Australian Geographers, Auckland, New Zealand. 11 July - 14 July 2018. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jinfeng Zhao, Kevin Chang, Melody Smith-nee Oliver
  • Ikeda, E., Mavoa, S., Hinckson, E., Witten, K., Donnellan, N., & Smith, M. (2018). Differences in child-drawn and GIS-modelled routes to school: Impact on space and exposure to the built environment in Auckland, New Zealand. Journal of Transport Geography, 71, 103-115. 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.07.005
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42588
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melody Smith-nee Oliver
  • Zhao, J., Mavoa, S., Chang, K., Mackay, L., Stewart, T., Ikeda, E., ... Smith, M. (2018). Visualising time use patterns of children’s activities and their association with obesity status, active travel and neighbourhood context. Paper presented at 40th International Association for Time Use Research Conference, Budapest, Hungary. 24 October - 26 October 2018. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jinfeng Zhao, Kevin Chang, Melody Smith-nee Oliver
  • Egli, V., Zinn, C., Mackay, L., Donnellan, N., Villanueva, K., Mavoa, S., ... Smith, M. (2018). Viewing obesogenic advertising in children's neighbourhoods using Google Street View. Geographical Research10.1111/1745-5871.12291
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42598
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel Exeter, Stefanie Vandevijvere, Melody Smith-nee Oliver
  • Donnellan, N. M., Kingham, S., & Campbell, M. (2017). Assessing the built environment for active transport, physical activity and health outcomes using Kernel density estimation. Paper presented at 17th International Medical Geography Symposium, University of Angers, France. 3 July - 7 July 2017. 17th International Medical Geography Symposium. Related URL.
  • Pearson, A. L., Winter, P. R., McBreen, B., Stewart, G., Roets, R., Nutsford, D., ... Wilson, N. (2014). Obtaining fruit and vegetables for the lowest prices: Pricing survey of different outlets and geographical analysis of competition effects. PLOS ONE, 9 (3).10.1371/journal.pone.0089775

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Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 2, Room 205
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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