Earth and Environment

RESIDential Environment Study (RESIDE)


Research team

Research investigators

Research staff

Current Students

Former Students

  • Vincent Learnihan, MPH (Research)
  • Ryan Falconer, PhD
  • Gary Chin, Hon.

Files for download

Neighbourhood Physical Activity Questionnaire (NPAQ):

NPAQ [PDF, 44.6 KB]
Updated 7 Aug 2009

 Neighbourhood Physical Activity Questionnaire (NPAQ), Korean (translation Hyung-Sook Lee):

NPAQ_korean.pdf [PDF, 147.1 KB]
Updated 7 Oct 2010

Butler WARESIDE is a five-year research project that aims to evaluate the impact of urban design on health. In particular, the impact of urban design on walking, cycling, use of public transport and sense of community will be studied.

The study is a colloborative project with the Department of Planning, The National Heart Foundation and the Water Corporation.

Since 1995, the School of Population Health has conducted two research projects examining the relative influence of individual and environmental factors on physical activity and walking (SEID I and II). The RESIDE study is the third SEID project, which began in February 2003.

  • The study is designed to evaluate the impact of the Department of Planning's Liveable Neighbourhood guidelines.
  • Approximately 1,800 people who built new homes agreed to participate in the study.
  • People were surveyed as their new homes were being built, one year after they moved into their new homes, and two years after that.
  • In addition to self-administered surveys, participants wore a pedometer across a seven-day period.
  • Additional, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) were used to examine people's access to public open space, shops, public transport, footpaths, street layout and other aspects of the built environment. GIS measures will help to assess the impact access to these community facilities has on the health of residents.

A unique feature of the study is that participants are surveyed before they moved into their new homes. This helped to distinguish whether people select neighbourhoods that cater for their current lifestyles and health behaviours, or whether lifestyles and health behaviours are shaped by the environment in which people live.

The results of the study will be available for local and state government policy makers, planners and developers.


The study is of national and international significance. It has received Healthway funding ($574,000) for a five-year period, and Australian Research Council funding ($384,000).

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Sponsors and supporters