Carl Higgs is a research data scientist in the Healthy Liveable Cities Lab of the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. With a background in computational statistics and spatial epidemiology, Carl has been involved in the development of methods for measurement of built environment exposures for local neighbourhoods using diverse data sources for research supporting equitable delivery of urban planning policy, in Australia and internationally. Research highlights include developing methods for calculation of a spatial Urban Liveability Index for residential addresses; scaling to a national analysis of Australian cities; contributing to the Australian Government's National Cities Performance Framework; development of a framework for visualisation of the spatial distribution of urban liveability, which formed the basis of the Australian Urban Observatory; and adapting these methods for use in diverse international contexts.


  • Higgs C, Rozek J, Alderton A, Giles-Corti B et al. (2022) Policy relevant spatial indicators of urban liveability and sustainability: scaling from local to global. Urban Policy and Research. SOAC 2021 Special Edition..
  • Higgs C, Simons K, Badland H, Giles-Corti B (2021) Cross-sectional evidence of the cardiometabolic health benefits of urban liveability in Australia. npj Urban Sustain.
  • Higgs C, Badland H, Simons K, Knibbs LD, Giles-Corti B (2019) The Urban Liveability Index: developing a policy-relevant urban liveability composite measure and evaluating associations with transport mode choice. International Journal of Health Geographics. 18(1):14.
  • Cross-sectional evidence of the cardiometabolic health benefits of urban liveability in Australia
  • Examining the contribution of the neighbourhood built environment to the relationship between neighbourhood disadvantage and early childhood development in 205,000 Australian children
  • Policy-Relevant Spatial Indicators of Urban Liveability And Sustainability: Scaling From Local to Global
  • Examining the Contribution of the Neighborhood Built Environment to the Relationship Between Neighborhood Disadvantage and Early Childhood Development in 205,000 Australian Children
  • Policy relevant health related liveability indicator datasets for addresses in Australia’s 21 largest cities
  • Growing evidence that physical activity-supportive neighbourhoods can mitigate infectious and non-communicable diseases

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