The RESIDential Environments Project (known as RESIDE) commenced in 2003 to evaluate the impact of the WA State Liveable Neighbourhoods (LN) Policy on the health and well-being of Perth residents. The study was designed around 73 new housing developments commencing construction in early 2000s across metropolitan Perth and the Peel region.
For over a decade RESIDE assessed the implementation and impact of LN on health outcomes such as walking, cycling public transport, mental health and sense of community. RESIDE used a unique longitudinal study design and involved 1800 participants completing a questionnaire four times over seven years. Measures of the neighbourhood were created in GIS and included: street connectivity; land use; access to public open space, community facilities and shops; public transport; provision of footpaths; residential density; and housing diversity.
Results from RESIDE have informed updated editions of the WA Liveable Neighbourhoods (LN) Policy and we are currently working with the Department of Planning on the most recent review which is underway.
Project outputs include over 50 scientific publications reporting results, much media coverage and over 15 postgraduates many of whom now lead new research projects in this field. Continuing work on RESDIE is now underway within our new project Health Liveable Communities.