Equity and accessibility: lessons from the housing, health and transport nexus

Equity and accessibility: lessons from the housing, health and transport nexus

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This event is presented as part of The Festival of Urbanism 6: Cities, housing, and health. The festival – co-sponsored by Monash Urban Planning and Design, along with the Henry Halloran Trust, the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, and the Charles Perkins Centre – aims to raise the debate about urban health, and other key topics, in its Melbourne and Sydney programs, 2-12 September 2019.

Australians generally enjoy standard health care service irrespective of their ability to pay. Although the housing sector is based on a firm equity principle, it receives limited direct government funding and often relies on the market. The spending on transport infrastructure and services is typically based on the notion of economic efficiency rather than welfare and equity. This panel will discuss the nature of equitable communities in the housing, health, and transport sectors and explore the interdependencies and solutions across their fields.


  • Prof Graham Currie, Monash University
  • Prof Billie Giles-Corti, RMIT
  • A/P Selby Coxon, Monash University
  • Dr Ilan Wiesel, University of Melbourne
  • Karen Woo, Frasers Property



Graham Currie is a renowned international public transport research leader and policy advisor with over 30 years of experience. He is the founder and director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash University. Prof Currie has worked for some of the world’s leading Public Transport Operators including London Transport, and he has managed numerous Public Transport research and development projects internationally. His experience spans Project Management, Demand Forecasting, Planning Methods in Public Transport, Regulatory Reviews, Efficiency and Performance Benchmarking, and Financial and Economic Analysis.

Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University and Director of its Urban Futures Enabling Capability Platform. She is a NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow and directs the Centre for Urban Research’s Healthy Liveable Cities Research Group at RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. For over two decades, Prof Giles-Corti has been studying the impact of the built environment on health and wellbeing. She currently leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy Liveable Communities, and a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Australian Prevention Partnership Centre. She is a member of the Victorian Office of the Government Architect Design Review Panel.

Selby Coxon is the Director of the Mobility Design Lab hosted by the Department of Design at MADA. He holds a PhD, Masters and Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. His professional career spans over thirty years working for both the corporate sector and private consultancy. His research interests concern improvements and far reaching ambitious interventions in the design of mobility. Research projects undertaken have been for a diverse group of organisations: Metro Trains Melbourne, Yarra Trams, Volgren, Transdev, General Motors and SNCF. He is currently researching the implications of automation vehicles; transport user experience, and the accessibility of mobility infrastructure.

Ilan Wiesel is a senior lecturer at the School of Geography, University of Melbourne. His research is focused on matters of social and economic inequalities in cities. Specific areas of interest include: housing affordability; social inclusion and exclusion of people with intellectual disability; the geographies of elites; and, inequalities in the spatial distribution of public urban infrastructures. He currently leads an ARC Discovery funded study titled “The Disability Inclusive City”, and has recently completed a DECRA fellowship on Australia's elite neighbourhoods. His book “Power, Glamour and Angst: Inside Australia’s Elite Neighbourhoods” was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2018.

Karen Woo has over 15 years in community development experience with Lend Lease and Frasers Property Australia in Victoria. Karen’s experience includes the planning and delivery of community infrastructure, facilitating place making initiatives and community engagement activities in partnership with various stakeholders. Karen is a Green Star Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of Australia, is a member of Place Leaders Asia Pacific and the Placemaking Leadership Council led by Projects for Public Spaces. She also volunteers on the Women’s Property Initiatives Advisory Panel.