Postgraduate Course Director
Department of Population Health
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Angela is a social scientist interested in the relationships between urban environments, transport and health. She is particularly interested in how public policies, particularly in transport, urban planning and housing, can address health inequalities and transport disadvantage.
Angela undertakes research exploring perceptions and experiences of accessibility and how these interact with the built environment to influence outcomes, such as travel behaviour, transport disadvantage, physical activity, health and wellbeing, for different population groups. Her research focuses particularly the experiences of older adults and lower income groups.
Angela uses both quantitative and qualitative social research methodologies and is particularly interested in novel methodological approaches, including those that utilise GIS.
Her current research projects include:
- Older adults' experiences of the pedestrian environment, particularly in relation to falling and fear of falling
- Health and social impacts of new transport technologies, including autonomous vehicles, bicycle-sharing, and e-scooters
- Incorporating social and distributional impact assessment into transport policy (Ministry of Transport)
She previously lectured in Health Geography at the University of Canterbury and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow and at the OPENspace research centre at the University of Edinburgh. She completed her PhD in Geography at the Centre for Transport Research at the University of Aberdeen. Prior to this she worked as a transport planner.
Angela teaches papers in the Diploma of Public Health.
She is interested in supervising PhD and masters' theses in a range of areas, such as:
- Urban environments, urban planning and health
- Built environment (including accessibility) and health
- Social inclusion and transport deprivation.
- Perceptions and experiences of mobility and accessibility
- Sustainable and active travel
- Age-friendly cities
- Health and social impacts of new transport technologies
Professional activities / memberships
- Editorial board of Journal of Transport Geography (book review editor)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Member of Transportation Group (EngineeringNZ)
- Member and branch Committee Member – Public Health Association
- Member of New Zealand Geographical Society
Student: Williams, N.
Degree: PhD (in progress)
Topic: How can gender sensitive transport planning and design improve social equity and community health outcomes?
Student: Stevenson, T
Degree: Master of Public Health
Dissertation Topic: Readability of patient information documents in Canterbury, New Zealand
Student: Prana, A.
Topic: Supporting Communities to Adapt to a Flooding Environment in Jakarta
Student: Macleod, M.
Topic: Understanding the rise and impact of food banks within the welfare state: A comparative study between Scotland and Finland
Student: Thomas, J.
Topic: Access to Active Transport and Self-Perceived Mental Health in Christchurch, New Zealand
Student: Gibson, Hebe
Topic: Contested boundaries: E-scooter riders' and pedestrians' experiences of sharing space
Student: Mukherjee, W.
Topic: Shared mobility: the future of public transport
Student: Dares, C.
Topic: BEYOND the FORTRESS: Dis/ability, Community and Care
Student: Moore, C.
Topic: Resilience and Accessibility in post-earthquake Christchurch
Student: Slaughter, H.
Topic: Generating actionable intelligence and meaningful data from a Smart Cities project
Student: Douglas-Clifford, A.
Topic: Passenger Transport Perceptions and Crowdsourcing
Student: Currie, A.
Topic: Motivations and Barriers to female cycling in Glasgow
Student: McCartney, D.
Topic: Identifying locations for cycle routes in Glasgow
Topic: Female experiences of cycling in Christchurch
Topic: Is there evidence of forced car ownership in Christchurch, New Zealand?
McKerchar, C., Bidwell, S., Curl, A., Pocock, T., Cowie, M., Miles, H., & Crossin, R. (2023). Promoting health in the digital environment: health policy experts’ responses to on-demand delivery in Aotearoa New Zealand. Health Promotion International, 38, daad091. doi: 10.1093/heapro/daad091
Duthie, C., Pocock, T., Curl, A., Clark, E., Norriss, D., Bidwell, S., McKerchar, C., & Crossin, R. (2023). Online on-demand delivery services of food and alcohol: A scoping review of public health impacts. SSM Population Health, 21, 101349. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2023.101349
Curl, A., Annear, M., Keeling, S., & Hackett, G. (2023). Building back better: Do post-earthquake neighborhoods promote active aging? A long-term audit analysis in Christchurch, New Zealand. Journal of Aging & Environment, 37(3), 255-276. doi: 10.1080/26892618.2022.2071373
Shaw, C., Fitt, H., Chapman, R., Wild, K., Woodward, A., Curl, A., & MacMillan, A. (2023). Where do the parties stand? A low carbon, healthy transport system. The Briefing, (29 August). Retrieved from https://www.phcc.org.nz/briefing/where-do-parties-stand-low-carbon-healthy-transport-system
Norriss, D., Crossin, R., Curl, A., Bidwell, S., Clark, E., Pocock, T., Gage, R., & McKerchar, C. (2022). Food outlet access and the healthiness of food available 'on-demand' via meal delivery apps in New Zealand. Nutrients, 14(20), 4228. doi: 10.3390/nu14204228