KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE, SPATIAL ANALYSIS AND HEALTHY URBAN ENVIRONMENTS: INTEGRATING WALKABILITY MODELS INTO PRACTICE

Lead Research Organisation: Queen's University of Belfast
Department Name: Sch Planning Architecture and Civil Eng

Abstract

This project aims to maximise the policy impact of research already undertaken on walkability, particularly the development of a Real Walkability Network, which has initially been generated as part of the PARC project based on a study area of East Belfast. This project aims to extend the applicability of the developed policy tools to cover the two main cities of Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry, so that the model then covers 37% of the population and some of the most deprived communities in the region. The project will disseminate the use of this model to practitioners in order to increase the evidence base for interventions in the built environment aimed at promoting physical activity. It will provide a range of benefits for both the academic community and the end users of research. For academics, it will make important contributions to ongoing research on understanding the environmental correlates of physical activity and through engagement with practitioner communities will aim to create a virtuous circle of research, implementation and feedback. For end users it will provide benefits in terms of the establishment of a useful decision-making tool that will enhance the evidence base for environmental interventions for improving physical activity and will provide training and capacity building in its use with the aim of establishing sustainability for its ongoing deployment. The value of the project is reflected in the large number of public bodies that have been willing to become partners, including Belfast and Derry City Councils, Department of Regional Development, Dept of Health Social Services and Public Safety, Public Health Agency and Belfast Healthy Cities, as well as cities in England, who have provided match funding and in kind support of over £88,000. The project will run for 12 months and employ two research assistants to help undertake three separate work packages:

Work Package 1: Model consolidation and validation. (Months 1-5)
This work packag will involve the appointment, training and placement of 2 research assistants to be based in Belfast and Derry City Councils respectively, during which time they will consolidate and extend the model developed for East Belfast so that it has operational coverage of the entire 2 local authority areas. The model will be subject to validation using random checking of critical elements, such as land use and footpath coverage. During this time the research assistants will interact with staff of local authorities and other statutory agencies to begin to build up an understanding of the extent, form and availability of spatial data and the information needs of different partners, including potential links to regional strategies on obesity, active travel and physical activity.

Work Package 2: Project integration and sustainability (Months 6-10).
Work package 2 will involve a process of integrating the walkability models and other elements of spatial analysis into the existing physical activity-related programmes of the partner organisations to improve their effectiveness, efficiency and accuracy. This stage of the project will also involve developing the capacity of project partners to ensure the sustainability of the place-specific walkability models.

Work Package 3: Knowledge dissemination and engagement with wider practitioner communities (Months 11-12) Work Package 3 will involve an evaluation and a report of the benefits, costs and opportunities arising from the operational deployment of walkability models and their integration with other central and local government responsibilities and initiatives. On the basis of this evaluation, a series of workshops will be run in Northern Ireland and the UK. Finally, the findings of the project will be presented at three conferences to disseminate the findings to different academic and practitioner communities.

Planned Impact

The project has been designed to maximise the impact of the research already undertaken on developing a model to assess the walkability of the built environment. The project builds on established partnerships and aims to create new collaborations. Initial discussions with our partners have identified a wide range of impacts on policy, decision-making, capacity building and awareness raising in relation to enhancing public bodies' understanding of the environmental correlates of physical activity. The project will increase the effectiveness of interventions in the built environment to support active lifestyles and help target resources in a more efficient way. It is also suggested that there may be a range of spin-off benefits for those involved in direct service delivery (e.g. the councils). The project links directly to a number of major policy initiatives in Northern Ireland and across the UK related to obesity, physical activity and active travel.

The impacts can be considered in a number of phases. In the short term (months 1-12), the project will have immediate and direct impacts through training and knowledge transfer opportunities; in the medium term (years 2-3), the project is expected to influence broader policy and data-gathering approaches and in the long term (+3 years), we hope that the project will be shown to be the basis of an ongoing collaborative relationship between the University and stakeholders active in this policy field.

Project impacts are maximised through a robust communication, dissemination and monitoring strategy. This will include a detailed needs and stakeholders analysis in the first few months of the project, regular steering group meetings to monitor how the walkability model has been used by each partner and a series of dissemination workshops in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK that will describe the development of the methodology, the benefits and applicability of the model. The project also includes proposals for a number of peer reviewed papers and conference presentations.

Finally, the impacts strategy is built upon a strong record of engagement of the research team, who have extensive experience in such collaborative projects and in communicating with an array of government, business and civil society stakeholders in health and spatial planning.

Publications

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Description As this was a knowledge exchange project, the emphasis was on the transfer and co-production of knowledge rather than findings that may be derived from more conventional research projects. Outcomes are therefore a better description of what the project has achieved and these include:



1. There is substantial value in developing footpath networks in UK cities as these significantly improve the accuracy of accessibility analyses. In the case of Belfast, the network is 75% more extensive than the default road network and has 557% more individual elements. Given that the greatest influence on physical activity appears to be the immediate vicinity (i.e. ten minutes walk) of the home, such improvements in accuracy could lead to far more robust research on environment-behaviour interactions.



2. The GIS platform of the RWN provides enhanced value as it allows pedestrian data to be combined with a range of other existing information. For example, it has been combined with data on land use and density to provide an assessment of overall walkability. It has also been combined with socio-economic and census data to help identify those groups that could differentially benefit from access improvements. There is potential for combining the network data with a range of other data sources (e.g. environmental health licensing of fast food outlets) to provide a range of powerful analyses that can make policy interventions more targeted and effective. The use of the tool has enabled, for the first time to orientate policies and services around the concept of walkability and pedestrian access allowing it to become a central criteria on a range of policy contexts.



3. There are, however, outstanding issue on how the data and model established by this project can be managed in the long-term to provide an ongoing and publicly-available resource, which is an area that we are continuing to work on with our project partners.



4. The development of the RWN was very time and resource intensive and may therefore not be replicable in every city. However, there are a growing number of data sources, including those held by Great Britain's Ordnance Survey and open access map data that is being released that would form a substantial basis for such a network.



5. As a knowledge exchange project, KESUE has highlighted the great benefits that can be derived from extending and adapting university research projects into a policy-relevant resource. This appears to have been to mutual benefits to both external partners and the researchers themselves, who are now better placed to undertake impact-related research in the future. The project has also highlighted the value of close, integrated partnerships within healthy cities between knowledge producers, with knowledge users, such as local authorities and other statutory agencies.



6. In addition to the policy-related outcomes, the project has facilitated a number of research insights that are being developed through papers for peer-reviewed journals and which contribute to our understanding of how best to measure connectivity in cities; the appropriate geographic scales for analysing built-environment-behaviour interactions; and the development of more accurate measures of walkability.
Exploitation Route See above. This project has established a GIS-enabled footpath network that has many potential routes for exploitation. It was designed as a policy-support tool for decisions in public health, transport and planning but through its initial use many other potential uses have been identified. For example it ahs been used to generate a walkability map of Belfast and Derry and is being used to support initiatives on Healthy Ageing and Park management in Belfast.



Although it was designed primarily for a policy-tool, it also has potential commercial value as it is a more accurate reflection of pedestrian routes within Belfast and Derry-Londonderry and could therefore be of use within apps and data bases that require such locational data, such as transport models, public information and navigation aids.



The data also has potential use as a research tool as it enables a more accurate sampling of built environmental features for studies examining the links between the built environment and physical activity and will be used in this capacity by an inter-disciplinary team of researchers at Queen's University Belfast.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Environment,Transport

URL http://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/KnowledgeExchangeSpatialAnalysisandHealthyUrbanEnvironments/
 
Description Presentation on 'Evidence on Healthy Urban Planning' to Northern Ireland's Assembly Regional Development Committee
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Evidence given on the role of health and active travel in Northern Ireland's transport policy.
 
Description The contract of one of the Research Assistants employed the KESUE project was extendned as part of a deployment to Belfast City Council in order to continue the work of the project within the council.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The KESUE project led directly to increasing Belfast City Council capacity in GIS and analysis of public services using active travel.
 
Description The contract of one of the Research Assistants employed the KESUE project was extendned as part of a deployment to Belfast City Council in order to continue the work of the project within the council.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The KESUE project led directly to increasing Belfast City Council capacity in GIS and analysis of public services using active travel.
 
Description The findings of the KESUE project were referrred to in 'Making Life Better - A Whole System Framework for Public Health 2013-2023' where it was highlighted as an example of good practice
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
Impact Improved public policy in relation to active travel and pedestrian based access t public services
URL http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/making-life-better
 
Title Contracts have been agreed to faciliate the GIS based footpath networks created under KESUE to be available on the open access Spatial NI portal 
Description GIS footpath network of the cities of Belfast and Derry-Londonderry. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This will facilitate use of the data for a whole range of spatial analyses by the public, government and other organisations. 
URL https://www.spatialni.gov.uk/
 
Description GPS/spatial data analytics - University of Southern Denmark 
Organisation University of Southern Denmark
Department Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The HULAP Study team have successfully collected GIS, accelerometer and GIS data. The team provides expertise in GIS and accelerometer analytics.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise regarding GPS data integration and analysis.
Impact Integration of GPS, GIS and accelerometer data.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Research and Knowledge Excchange partnerhsip with Belfast Healthy Cities 
Organisation Belfast Healthy Cities
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Providing an evidence base for recommending good practice and policy changes for built environment interventions for healthy urban planning
Collaborator Contribution Belfast healthy cities have acted as an influential mediator and gatekeeper with a range of policy-related and community based organisations.
Impact This has included regular meeting and briefings with Belfast Healthy Cities and related organisations and policy related publications are forthcoming.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Secondment of Research Assitant to Belfast City Council 
Organisation Belfast City Council
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Secondment of a research assistant employed on the KESUE project to provide technical assistance to the City Council
Collaborator Contribution Financial support for the research assistant
Impact Input into council reports and stimulating other policy initiatives within the council
Start Year 2013
 
Description Active Living Research conference, Feb 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 30 participants took part in a workshop entitled "Methodological considerations in measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older adults: Implications for accelerometry, GPS and GIS data". The workshop was facilitated by members of the HULAP study team who have specific expertise in GIS, accelerometry and GPS data techniques. The workshop focused on the particular methodological issues that must be considered when collecting and analysing these data for older adult populations. The workshop stimulated indepth discussion regarding methodological innovations required in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.activelivingresearch.org/sunday-february-11-2018-agenda
 
Description An assessment of physical environment characteristics related to older adult walking behaviours using an audit tool (MAPS Senior): Findings from urban cities in Brazil and the 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Introduction: The influence of environments upon older adult physical activity (PA) is becoming increasingly widely documented. However, whilst our understanding of 'macroscale' influences (e.g. walkability) advances, there remains limited understanding on the influence of 'microscale' features, i.e. those characteristically found along streetscapes older adults may encounter as part of typical walking routines. Combined with walking data, environmental audit tools could provide an effective means of assessing the potential importance of these streetscape environments for promoting older adult PA.
Methods: To ensure the audit tool had a specific relevance to older adult populations, findings from a systematic review and focus groups were used to make adaptations to MAPS Global (Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes). This present study examines associations between microscale attributes and (i) self-reported and (ii) objectively measured PA behaviours of older adults (=60 years) (n= c.600) living in neighbourhoods of varying walkability and income. Using virtual methods, the audit tool will capture land uses, streetscape and sidewalk qualities and amenities, and aesthetic and social elements of; routes, segments and crossings encountered by older adults in Curitiba (Brazil) and Belfast (UK). The tool is to be implemented along the first 400m of GPS-captured walking routes taken from participant residences. Mixed linear regression analyses adjusted for macro-level walkability will be conducted to assess relationships.
Discussion: Considering microscale environment changes may be easier and more feasible to implement than those at the macroscale, advancing the understanding of this topic may be central to the creation of both activity- and age-friendly environments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pure.qub.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/an-assessment-of-physical-environment-characteristics-...
 
Description GPS workshop, Sept 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact 15 members of the HULAP Study research team participated in a workshop facilitated by Dr Jasper Schipperijn (University of Southern Denmark) who is an expert in GPS data. The workshop covered core methodological aspects regarding data collection, analytics and integration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description HULAP Research Team visit to Heriot Watt Place Age research team to explore oppotunities for reserch collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 20 researchers explored opportunities of synergy between two major ESRC projects, with potential future projects and conference events identified and planned.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Healthy Urban Living and Ageing in Place (HULAP): assessment of older people's physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the social environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster displayed at the International Healthy Cities Conference 2018 - Belfast, United Kingdom
01 Oct 2018 ? 04 Oct 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pure.qub.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/healthy-urban-living-and-ageing-in-place-hulap-assessm...
 
Description Independent Expert Witness to the Northern Ireland Assembly Environment Committee's Inquiry into Planning for Wind Energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation led to very extensive discussion on wind energy from MLAs

My engagement with the Environment Committee led to them deciding that this issue needed a more extensive and formal inquiry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Official-Report/Committee-Minutes-of-Evidence/Session...
 
Description Invited address to the Annual General Conference of the Green Party of Northern Ireland on 'Developing well-being through planning' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk stimulated discussion on the future of planning in Northern Ireland and the Green Party's policy on this

Potential change in green Party's ppolicies on planning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited speaker on Walkability at UK-Singapore Eco-Cities Workshop, organised by British High Commission 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk stimulated wider discussion on UK-Singapore collaborations around research in healthy urban planning

Talk stimulated new research collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Invited talk to the Wind Developer Congress, Berlin on stakeholder strategies for wind energy developments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Stimulated wind energy developers to think about how they engage with local communities

Talk led to in depth discussions on participative strategies for wind energy developers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Key Note presentation to the Annual Networks Involving Communities in Health Improvement Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to 70 community representatives involved with public health initiatives in Northern Ireland

Talk stimulated detailed discussion of the role of improving community health through built environment iniatives
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Keynote speaker at the Irish Renewable Energy Summit on 'Planning and community acceptance for renewable energy projects' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Stimulated discussion of stakeholder strategies at the highest level

I have been approached by a number of developers for advise following this talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Media coverage of Walkability Conference connected to this project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Media coverage of Half Day Conference IPH, CoEfPH (NI) and HRB CHDR, Cork, Ireland on 'Supporting physical activity in urban communities: lessons from recent Irish and international walkability studies', which had two presentations arising from this research project

Media coverage stimulated public awareness of physical activity in urban areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Paper given at the AESOP-ACSP Joint Congress , Dublin 15-19 July 2013: 'Accessibility and Health: Towards Walkability Tools for Planning Practice' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a conference paper given at the Joint 2013 Congress of the Association of European Planning Schools(AESOP) and the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). Details of the conference are at: http://aesop-acspdublin2013.com/

Presentation stimulated new research collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://aesop-acspdublin2013.com/
 
Description Place, People - Research on Physical Activity for Older People within Place-making and Urban Development - side event at the WHO International Healthy Cities Confernece 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop in Belfast as a side event to the WHO International Healthy Cities conference. The workshop was to celebrate International Day of Older Persons by highlighting the importance of age-friendly perspectives on place-making and urban development. It will do this by reporting the emerging results from two projects that have examined the challenges of Ageing In Place in the UK and Brazil. The first (HULAP, see https://bit.ly/2tmVHWJ) is examining where and how older adults engage in physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Belfast and Curitiba. The second project, Place-Making with Older People (see http://placeage.org/en/), which is examining how to foster greater sense of place for older adults in a range of UK and Brazilian cities. The session will be introduced by Prof. Geoff Green (Sheffield Hallam University) who will provide a wider context of the WHO initiative of Age-Friendly Cities in Europe. This will be followed by reporting the results of these two major research projects, both funded UK's Economic and Social Research Council. The session will conclude with a facilitated discussion that will explore how local neighbourhoods influence the health and well-being older adults in the UK and Brazil followed by some discussion on how the insights from these projects can best be translated in to policy and practice in European Healthy Cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.healthycitiesbelfast2018.com/side-events
 
Description Presentaiotn by Dr. Mark Tully on "The KESUE Project: Developing Walkability Tools for Practice" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation at the 2013 UKCRC Public Health Research Centres of Excellence Annual Conference, Cardiff.

Engagement of KESUE project findings to other UKCRC researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation by Prof. Geraint Ellis to Northern Ireland's Transport and Higher Education Research Working Group on the KESUE Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of committee of key transport researchers and policy makers in Northern Ireland with a view to influencing their research priorities for active travel.

The talk has led to further discussions about monitoring walking and cycling in Northern ireland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation on 'Integrating Walkability Models into Practice' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk to Belfast Healthy Cities Regeneration and Healthy Urban Environment Working Group

This talk helped engage key local stakeholders from Government departments, local authority and other organisations in the KESUE project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Presentation on 'Knowledge Exchange, Spatial Analysis and Healthy Urban Environments' speaker at workshop on 'Mapping Walkability for Planning and Health' organised by Bristol Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Intervention Tea 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talked stimulated a discussion on how best to improve physical activity in the built environment

Talk stimulated new research collaborations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation to half day conference on 'Supporting physical activity in urban communities: lessons from recent Irish and international walkability studies '. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference organised by IPH, CoEfPH (NI) and HRB CHDR. It included presentations by Prof Geraint Ellis ('A new walkability index and its application to local government planning in Northern Ireland') and Dr. Mark Tully ('The relationship between physical activity and walkability') with the audience being planners and public health practitioners from the Republic of Ireland

The talk resulted in greater contacts with a range of professionals involved I the Institute of Public Health, Ireland.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Seminar by Dr Jasper Schipperin, Sept 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Dr Jasper Schipperijn (University of Southern Denmark) gave a seminar detailing his research on GPS and physical activity at QUB.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description The KESUE Project: Developing Walkability Tools for Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Scientific meeting (conference/symposium etc.)
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This case study was presented at the 2013 WHO European Healthy Cities Networks Annual Business and Technical Conference, 20-22 June 2013, Izmir, Turkey This was the fifth Annual Business and Technical Conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks in Phase V, hosted by the Municipality of Izmir. This was initially scheduled for June 2013, but was postponed until September due to civil disturbances in Turkey.



See: http://2013healthycities.izmir.bel.tr/HomePage

This was the fifth Annual Business and Technical Conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and the Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks in Phase V, hosted by the Municipality of Izmir. This was initially scheduled for June 2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Visit of HULAP Belfast Impact Advisory Group to Curitiba, Brazil to exchange expereinces with local Brazilian stakeholders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 6 stakeholders from Belfast met with 10+ local stakeholders from Brazil and experienced a range of other site visits while in Curitiba.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.belfasthealthycities.com/news/halfway-round-world
 
Description Vist of Prof Geraint Ellis to Harbin Institutre of Technology (China) to provide guest lectures and discuss potenial collborations re age friendly cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 100 postgraduate students attended a series of lectures based on the findings of the HULAP project and meetings with potential reserch collaborators to extend the project to China were also undertaken.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Walkability Workshop jointly organised with Brighton and Hove City Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop described the ESRC funded KESUE project with practitioners based in Brighton. Participants drawn from local government, NGO, academic and private sector communities, leading to increased interest in ways of promoting active travel.

The talk led to increased requests for information on methods and results.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Walkability Workshop jointly organised with Manchester Public Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This workshop described the ESRC funded KESUE project with practitioners based in Manchester. There were 22 participants drawn from local government, NGO, academic and private sector communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Walkability Workshop organised by the City and County of Swansea 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop described the ESRC funded KESUE project with practitioners based in Swansea. There were 19 participants drawn from local government, NGO, academic and private sector communities.

The talk increased interest in walkability in South Wales
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Walkability Workshop with Glasgow Centre for Population Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop described the ESRC funded KESUE project with practitioners based in Glasgow. Participants drawn from local government, NGO, academic and private sector communities and it has led to further collaborations stakeholders in Glasgow

The talk led to new research collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013