Associate Professor Melody Smith-nee Oliver

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Associate Head - Research


Aspirations for neighbourhoods where children can be independently mobile, where people can get around safely by walking and cycling, and where social and physical well-being is prioritised and facilitated are key drivers of my research. Most of this work involves the integration of objective measurement of behaviours and outcomes (e.g., accelerometry, inclinometry, GPS, GIS), as well as person-centred methods (participatory planning, online mapping).

I am fortunate to work with amazing researchers and students across a range of exciting and innovative projects that contribute to understanding the links between built and social environments and health and well-being in children and their families. 

Research | Current

Neighbourhoods for Active Kids:

Te Ara Mua - Future Streets for Auckland;

Kids in the City:

Enabling Participation for Disabled Children and Young People:

Postgraduate supervision

Associations between Environmental Attributes and Children’s Active Travel to School. Erika Ikeda, PhD student

Public Open Space attributes: Children’s independent mobility experience in urban neighbourhoods in Auckland, New Zealand. Moushumi Chaudhury, PhD student

Neighbourhood built environments and the body size of children. Victoria Egli, PhD student

Health literacy among Pacific mothers in New Zealand: Exploring the associations of demographic and behavioural factors with health literacy of Pacific mothers in the context of Pacific health and well-being. Losi Sa'u Lilo, Masters thesis.



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 235A
New Zealand

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