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Angela CurlSenior Lecturer
Postgraduate Course Director

Email angela.curl@otago.ac.nz

Department of Population Health
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
Christchurch 8140

Background

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.

Teaching

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 supervision

Current supervision

Student: Williams, N.
Degree: PhD (in progress)
Topic: How can gender sensitive transport planning and design improve social equity and community health outcomes?

Student: Thomas, J.
Degree: Master of Public Health
Dissertation Topic: Access to Active Transport and Self-Perceived Mental Health in Christchurch, New Zealand

Completed PhD

2021

Student: Prana, A.
Degree: PhD
Topic: Supporting Communities to Adapt to a Flooding Environment in Jakarta 

2018

Student: Macleod, M.
Degree: PhD
Topic: Understanding the rise and impact of food banks within the welfare state: A comparative study between Scotland and Finland

Completed Masters

2020

Student: Gibson, Hebe
Topic: Contested boundaries: E-scooter riders’ and pedestrians’ experiences of sharing space

2019

Student: Mukherjee, W.
Topic: Shared mobility: the future of public transport

Student: McCone, E.
Topic: Is there a relationship between school student’s transport patterns and perceptions, and a significant school restructure/relocation?

2018

Student: Dares, C.
Topic: BEYOND the FORTRESS: Dis/ability, Community and Care

Student: Moore, C.
Topic: Resilience and Accessibility in post-earthquake Christchurch

2017

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

2014

Student: Currie, A.
Topic: Motivations and Barriers to female cycling in Glasgow

Student: McCartney, D.
Topic: Identifying locations for cycle routes in Glasgow

Completed Honours

2018

Hackett, G.
Topic: Female experiences of cycling in Christchurch

2017

Cox, D.
Topic: Is there evidence of forced car ownership in Christchurch, New Zealand?

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Publications

Walker, L., & Curl, A. (2021). Social and distributional impact assessment in transport policy. In R. Vickerman (Ed.), International encyclopedia of transportation: (Vol. 6): Transport policy and planning. (pp. 361-367). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102671-7.10773-0

Curl, A., Watkins, A., McKerchar, C., Exeter, D., & Macmillan, A. (2020). Social impact assessment of mode shift [NZ Transport Agency research report 666]. Commissioned by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Wellington, New Zealand: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. 113p. Retrieved from https://www.nzta.govt.nz

Curl, A., & Fitt, H. (2020). Same same, but different? Cycling and e-scootering in a rapidly changing urban transport landscape. New Zealand Geographer, 76, 194-206. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12271

Fitt, H., & Curl, A. (2020). The early days of shared micromobility: A social practices approach. Journal of Transport Geography, 86, 102779. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102779

Watkins, A., Curl, A., Mavoa, S., Tomintz, M., Todd, V., & Dicker, B. (2020). A socio-spatial analysis of pedestrian falls in Aotearoa New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113212

Edited Book - Research

Curl, A., & Musselwhite, C. (Eds.). (2018). Geographies of transport and ageing. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 254p. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76360-6

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Chapter in Book - Research

Walker, L., & Curl, A. (2021). Social and distributional impact assessment in transport policy. In R. Vickerman (Ed.), International encyclopedia of transportation: (Vol. 6): Transport policy and planning. (pp. 361-367). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102671-7.10773-0

Costantini, A., Thomopoulos, N., Steibel, F., Curl, A., Lugano, G., & Kováčiková, T. (2020). Autonomous vehicles in a GDPR era: An international comparison. In Advances in transport policy and planning. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/bs.atpp.2020.02.005

Curl, A., & Clark, J. (2019). Health, wellbeing and quality of life. In I. Docherty & J. Shaw (Eds.), Transport matters. (pp. 177-204). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Clark, J., & Curl, A. (2019). Transport, urban regeneration and health. In I. Vojnovic, A. L. Pearson, G. Asiki, G. DeVerteuil & A. Allen (Eds.), Handbook of global urban health. (pp. 643-661). New York, NY: Routledge.

Musselwhite, C., & Curl, A. (2018). Geographical perspectives on transport and ageing. In A. Curl & C. Musselwhite (Eds.), Geographies of transport and ageing. (pp. 3-24). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76360-6_1

Curl, A., Tilley, S., & Van Cauwenberg, J. (2018). Walking with older adults as a geographical method. In A. Curl & C. Musselwhite (Eds.), Geographies of transport and ageing. (pp. 171-195). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-76360-6_8

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Journal - Research Article

Curl, A., Fitt, H., & Tomintz, M. (2020). Experiences of the built environment, falls and fear of falling outdoors among older adults: An exploratory study and future directions. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 17(4), 1224. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17041224

Fitt, H., & Curl, A. (2020). The early days of shared micromobility: A social practices approach. Journal of Transport Geography, 86, 102779. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102779

Curl, A., & Fitt, H. (2020). Same same, but different? Cycling and e-scootering in a rapidly changing urban transport landscape. New Zealand Geographer, 76, 194-206. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12271

Kingham, S., Curl, A., & Banwell, K. (2020). Streets for transport and health: The opportunity of a temporary road closure for neighbourhood connection, activity and wellbeing. Journal of Transport & Health, 18, 100872. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2020.100872

Watkins, A., Curl, A., Mavoa, S., Tomintz, M., Todd, V., & Dicker, B. (2020). A socio-spatial analysis of pedestrian falls in Aotearoa New Zealand. Social Science & Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113212

Curl, A., & Mason, P. (2019). Neighbourhood perceptions and older adults’ wellbeing: Does walking explain the relationship in deprived urban communities? Transportation Research Part A, 123, 119-129. doi: 10.1016/j.tra.2018.11.008

van der Vlugt, A.-L., Curl, A., & Wittowsky, D. (2019). What about the people? Developing measures of perceived accessibility from case studies in Germany and the UK. Applied Mobilities, 4(2), 142-162. doi: 10.1080/23800127.2019.1573450

Kearns, A., Whitley, E., & Curl, A. (2019). Occupant behaviour as a fourth driver of fuel poverty (aka warmth & energy deprivation). Energy Policy, 129, 1143-1155. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.03.023

Fitt, H., Curl, A., Dionisio, M. R., Ahuriri-Driscoll, A., & Pawson, E. (2019). Considering the wellbeing implications for an ageing population of a transition to automated vehicles. Research in Transportation Business & Management, 30, 100382. doi: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2019.100382

MacLeod, M. A., Curl, A., & Kearns, A. (2019). Understanding the prevalence and drivers of food bank use: Evidence from deprived communities in Glasgow. Social Policy & Society, 18(1), 67-86. doi: 10.1017/S1474746418000064

Curl, A., Clark, J., & Kearns, A. (2018). Household car adoption and financial distress in deprived urban communities: A case of forced car ownership? Transport Policy, 65, 61-71. doi: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2017.01.002

Curl, A. (2018). The importance of understanding perceptions of accessibility when addressing transport equity: A case study in Greater Nottingham, UK. Journal of Transport & Land Use, 11(1), 1147-1162. doi: 10.5198/jtlu.2018.1003

Curl, A., Kearns, A., Macdonald, L., Mason, P., & Ellaway, A. (2018). Can walking habits be encouraged through area-based regeneration and relocation? A longitudinal study of deprived communities in Glasgow, UK. Journal of Transport & Health, 10, 44-55. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.06.004

Curl, A., & Kearns, A. (2017). Housing improvements, fuel payment difficulties and mental health in deprived communities. International Journal of Housing Policy, 17(3), 417-443. doi: 10.1080/14616718.2016.1248526

Clark, J., & Curl, A. (2016). Bicycle and car share schemes as inclusive modes of travel? A socio-spatial analysis in Glasgow, UK. Social Inclusion, 4(3), 83-99. doi: 10.17645/si.v4i3.510

Egan, M., Kearns, A., Katikireddi, S. V., Curl, A., Lawson, K., & Tannahill, C. (2016). Proportionate universalism in practice? A quasi-experimental study (GoWell) of a UK neighbourhood renewal programme's impact on health inequalities. Social Science & Medicine, 152, 41-49. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.01.026

Curl, A., Thompson, C. W., Alves, S., & Aspinall, P. (2016). Outdoor environmental supportiveness and older people’s quality of life: A personal projects approach. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 30(1), 1-16. doi: 10.1080/02763893.2015.1087925

Curl, A., Thompson, C. W., Aspinall, P., & Omerod, M. (2016). Developing an audit checklist to assess outdoor falls risk. Urban Design & Planning, 169(DP3), 138-153. doi: 10.1680/udap.14.00056

Mason, P., Curl, A., & Kearns, A. (2016). Domains and levels of physical activity are linked to adult mental health and wellbeing in deprived neighbourhoods: A cross-sectional study. Mental Health & Physical Activity, 11, 19-28. doi: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2016.07.001

Curl, A., Thompson, C. W., & Aspinall, P. (2015). The effectiveness of 'shared space' residential street interventions on self-reported activity levels and quality of life for older people. Landscape & Urban Planning, 139, 117-125. doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.02.019

Curl, A., & Kearns, A. (2015). Can housing improvements cure or prevent the onset of health conditions over time in deprived areas? BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1191. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2524-5

Curl, A., & Kearns, A. (2015). Financial difficulty and mental wellbeing in an age of austerity: The experience in deprived communities. Social Policy & Society, 14(2), 217-240. doi: 10.1017/S1474746414000475

Curl, A., Nelson, J. D., & Anable, J. (2015). Same question, different answer: A comparison of GIS-based journey time accessibility with self-reported measures from the National Travel Survey in England. Computers, Environment & Urban Systems, 49, 86-97. doi: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2013.10.006

Curl, A., Kearns, A., Mason, P., Egan, M., Tannahill, C., & Ellaway, A. (2015). Physical and mental health outcomes following housing improvements: Evidence from the GoWell study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 69(1), 12-19. doi: 10.1136/jech-2014-204064

Thompson, C. W., Curl, A., Aspinall, P., Alves, S., & Zuin, A. (2014). Do changes to the local street environment alter behaviour and quality of life of older adults? The 'DIY Streets' intervention. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(13), 1059-1065. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2012-091718

Curl, A., Nelson, J. D., & Anable, J. (2011). Does accessibility planning address what matters? A review of current practice and practitioner perspectives. Research in Transportation Business & Management, 2, 3-11. doi: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2011.07.001

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Journal - Research Other

Curl, A., & Fitt, H. (2019). Will driverless cars be good for us? Now is the time for public health to act together with urban and transport planning. Journal of Global Health, 9(2), 020303. doi: 10.7189/jogh.09.020303

Curl, A., & Davison, L. (2014). Transport Geography: Perspectives upon entering an accomplished research sub-discipline. Journal of Transport Geography, 38, 100-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.05.018

Davison, L., & Curl, A. (2014). A transport and health geography perspective on walking and cycling. Journal of Transport & Health, 1(4), 341-345. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2014.09.001

Curl, A., Nelson, J., & Anable, J. (2012). Does accessibility planning address what matters? A response to Derek Halden by Curl, Nelson and Anable. Research in Transportation Business & Management, 3, 84. doi: 10.1016/j.rtbm.2012.04.003

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Curl, A., & Lucas, K. (2016). The transport geography research group at the 2015 RGS-IBG conference. Journal of Transport Geography, 51, 227-228. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2016.01.009

Pangbourne, K., Lucas, K., & Curl, A. (2015). Transport Geography Research Group at the 2014 RGS-IBG conference. Journal of Transport Geography, 42, 191-192. doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.10.007

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Curl, A., Watkins, A., & Dares, C. (2020). A participatory approach to making sense of the risk of falls in outdoor spaces. Proceedings of the New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) Biennial Conference. (pp. 49-50). Retrieved from https://nzgsconference2020.gitlab.io

Dionisio, R., Fitt, H., & Curl, A. (2019). Ageing wellbeing in a time of socio-technical shifts in urban mobilities: A new quest for urban design & planning. Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference: Geographies of Trouble / Geographies of Hope. Retrieved from http://conference.rgs.org/AC2019

van der Vlugt, A.-L., Curl, A., & Wittowsky, D. (2019). Perceived accessibility and its role in the sustainable transformation of cities. In S. Mandic & K. Coppell (Eds.), Proceedings of The Active Living and Environment Symposium (TALES): Linking Transport, Health and Sustainability. (pp. 25). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Watkins, A., Curl, A., Tomintz, M., Oliver, V., Dicker, B., & Mavoa, S. (2019). A socio-spatial analysis of outdoor falls among older adults. Proceedings of the 18th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS). (pp. 8). Retrieved from http://www.imgs2019.com

McAuley, I., & Curl, A. (2019). Emerging mobility devices in an uncertain future: The hire e-scooter craze. Proceedings of the Trafinz Conference. Retrieved from https://harding.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/trafinz-2019/programme

Curl, A., Fitt, H., van der Vlugt, A.-L., Tomintz, M., Dionisio-McHugh, R., & Beere, P. (2019). Older adults’ experiences of mobility and falling in the outdoor environment. In S. Mandic & K. Coppell (Eds.), Proceedings of The Active Living and Environment Symposium (TALES): Linking Transport, Health and Sustainability. (pp. 38). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Curl, A., Fitt, H., Dionisio-McHugh, R., & Tomintz, M. (2019). Older adults experiences of mobility and falling in urban environments. Proceedings of the 18th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS). (pp. 14). Retrieved from http://www.imgs2019.com

Curl, A., & Fitt, H. (2018). What do driverless cars mean for cities, health and wellbeing? Proceedings of the New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) and the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference. (pp. 30). Retrieved from https://nzgsconference2018.org/

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Curl, A., & Fitt, H. (2020, March). Equity implications of emerging transport modes. Verbal presentation at the Transportation Group New Zealand Conference: Equity in Transportation, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Parr, G., & Curl, A. (2020, March). Equity, social impact and transport policy. Verbal presentation at the Transportation Group New Zealand Conference: Equity in Transportation, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Curl, A. (2019, July). The 'where' of teaching health geography: Reflections on the use of outdoor and virtual learning environments. Verbal presentation at the 18th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS), Queenstown, New Zealand.

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