School of Psychology Seminar Series - Relation of Environment to Behaviour and Health

Date Friday 16 July 2021
Time 12pm - 1pm
Where K.G.11
Presenter Dr Matt Hobbs
Contact Amy Bird
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

Dr Matt Hobbs will share several examples of research that relate the environment to behaviour and health. These will include a snapshot of different projects which may include; i) how water fluoridation may save our poorest children from hospitalisation; ii) worrying trends in nationwide childhood immunisation over space and time and iii) the development of a new nationwide open-access environmental metric for small areas of New Zealand and how this relates to adult mental health. Other snippets could include, for instance, how population mobility changed during the COVID19 pandemic.

Dr. Matt Hobbs is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health (School of Health Sciences) and Senior Research Fellow in the GeoHealth Laboratory (Geospatial Research Institute) at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Matt uses geospatial and population health methods to inform local and national public health related policy to plan healthy places and reduce health inequities. He conducts research in the areas of: i) geospatial and population health, ii) physical activity and sport, and iii) social and cultural inequity. Projects are often co-designed, always have an ‘end user’ and aim to inform policy. They also often work with undergraduate and postgraduate students to allow them to be involved in high-quality research.