meet Rachel


Professor Rachel Davey is the Director of the UC-Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra in Australia.  Rachel has over 25 years research experience in areas related to the prevention of chronic disease and in the promotion of health and well-being. Her research has taken an integrated ‘urban ecosystem’ approach in addressing the development and dynamics of spatial heterogeneity and influences of the built, natural and social environment on behavioural risk factors, health outcomes and health care costs. Rachel currently collaborates with the international team of researchers in the International “IPEN Study – International Physical Activity and the Environment Network” that has collected data from over 14,000 participants across the globe to better our understanding of environmental correlates of physical activity and obesity. Empirical findings from this trans-national research on these complex interactions has helped inform policy and practice for future urban design.

Key expertise:

  • Prevention of chronic disease
  • Health Promotion
  • Built environment and physical activity behaviour


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Rachel Davey