Built Environment & Public Health
クサリ研究室 KOOHSARI Laboratory
准教授：クサリ ジャバッド（KOOHSARI Javad）
Built Environment; Public Health; Geospatial Health
Urban Design; Health & Sports Promotion; Green Spaces; Mental Health; Urban Form
Students from different disciplines, who have an enthusiasm for conducting ‘interdisciplinary science’, are welcome to join this laboratory. Basic knowledge of statistics and good English written and oral communication skills are required.
In 2020, 2021 and 2022, Dr Koohsari was recognised in the top 2% of most influential researchers worldwide across all scientific disciplines (Stanford University & Elsevier). Additionally, he is listed in the ‘Top Scientists’ in the field of ‘Social Science & Humanities’ for 2022 (Research.com). Students who graduate from this laboratory will acquire an understanding of scientific theories and conduct investigations related to the emerging interdisciplinary science of ‘built environment & public health’.
【就職先企業・職種】 Academic jobs, Consultant companies, Civil servant
This laboratory research focuses on how built environment and geospatial sciences can contribute to health. The mission is to provide evidence-based knowledge on (re)designing homes, offices, neighbourhoods and communities in which we live, work, and play to support the health and well-being of people of all ages.
This laboratory adopts a socioecological approach to move research in this field by exploring the following issues:
- Investigating pathways through which built environment might influence health outcomes.
- Exploring challenges and opportunities that super-aged communities will have in supporting residents’ health and well-being.
- Understanding the effects of built environment attributes on health.
- Developing new tools to measure built environmental exposures in health studies using geospatial techniques.
Figure. The Built Environment & Health Science
Dr Koohsari obtained his PhD in Urban Design from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and another PhD in Health and Sport Sciences from Waseda University, Japan. He has a publication record with over 115 refereed journal articles (such as in Nature Reviews Cardiology). Some of his publications is listed here:
- Koohsari, M. J., Oka, K., Nakaya, T.,Vena, J., Williamson, T., Quan, H., & McCormack, G. R. (2023). Urban design and cardio-metabolic risk factors. Preventive Medicine. 173: 107552.
- Koohsari, M. J., McCormack, G. R., Nakaya, T., Shibata, A., Ishii, K., Lin, C. Y., Hanibuchi, T., Yasunaga, A., & Oka, K. (2022). Perceived workplace layout design and work-related physical activity and sitting time. Building & Environment. 211: 108739.
- Koohsari, M. J., McCormack, G. R., Nakaya, T., & Oka, K. (2020). Neighbourhood built environment and cardiovascular disease: Knowledge and future directions. Nature Reviews Cardiology. 17(5): 261-263.
Statistical software, Geospatial software
This laboratory supports students to be active participants in their learning process. This will be accomplished by encouraging students to take an active role in deciding upon, learning about, and leading their research ideas and interests, with considerable support and guidance.