Director, McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit
Professor Billie Giles-Corti: Director of the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, University of Melbourne.
Professor Billie Giles-Corti is an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow and newly appointed Director of the Melbourne University School of Population Health, McCaughey Centre, VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing. Until July 1st 2011, she was the Director of UWA, Centre for the Built Environment and Health and with a team of researchers has been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing outcomes.
A leading public health researcher in Australia, she collaborates with research teams across Australia, in Canada, the US, Denmark and the UK and is recognized internationally for her research on the health impacts of the built form. Professor Giles-Corti also serves on numerous international, national and state committees and boards.
She publishes across five fields (population health, sports science, geography, sustainability, landscape architecture) and has co-authored nearly 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, seven book chapters and around 80 government and NGO technical reports.
In the last five years, she has been a Chief Investigator on grants totaling around $8 million and has given 27 international and national invited presentations. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University and in 2014, she was included in Thomson Reuters’ list of Highly Cited Researchers, ranking her among the top 1% researchers globally by citations in the social sciences field.