Dr Niamh Donnellan

BA, MA, Msc, PhD

Biography

Niamh* is a health geographer passionate about understanding how the environment in which we live, work and play influences our health, health behaviours and resulting health inequalities. Her research is at the intersection of health geography, public health and urban geography and currently focuses on how the social and built envionments can encourage or hinder active transport and physical activity behaviours in children and adults. She specialises in developing suitable geospatial methods for assessing these environments in order to identify neighbourhood attributes favourable to walking and cycling. 

In 2019, Niamh was awarded a Health Research Council of New Zealand Emerging Researcher First Grant to develop novel geospatial methods to measure the food and activity environments for child health. She completed her PhD in Health Geography in 2017 at the GeoHealth Laboratory, University of Canterbury and her thesis was titled 'A Geospatial approach to measuring the built environment for active transport, physical activity and health outcomes'.

Currently she is working on a number of projects including:

1) completing geospatial analyses on data from the Neighbourhoods for Active Kids study funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand and led by Associate Professor Melody Smith;

2) evaluating the impact of a new shared path on children's active travel to school in Whangārei funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency;

3) developing a novel approach to measuring the food and activity environments for child health in Taranaki, New Zealand 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 

HRC's Emerging Researcher First Grant 2019 titled 'Novel approach to measuring the food and activity environments for child health'.

Research interests

  • Health inequalities
  • Child health
  • GIS
  • Spatial analysis
  • Active transport, physical activity
  • Built environment
  • Transport and urban planning policies

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, 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, 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.

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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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