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Learnihan, Vincent

Staff Profile

Research Officer — GIS & Spatial Analysis
UC Health Research Institute

Bldg, Floor & Room: 22, B 30
Telephone: (02) 6201 2792


As an early career researcher Vincent's expertise lies in understanding the influence of the urban environment on human health. He has worked internationally both in technical and consulting capacities applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to urban planning, transportation and public health data. Vincent has experience in the preparation and development of a range of spatial data for statistical modelling including parcel level land use data, transportation networks and physical activity data. He has worked on a range of large scale research projects involving academic, private and government stakeholders and contributed to peer-reviewed publications, research tools and surveys.

Research Interests

  • Research that promotes healthy and sustainable communities with a focus on relationships between public health, urban planning and transportation
  • Using spatial methods, tools and analysis to enhance evidence-based decision making in public health and more recently primary health care

Qualifications Obtained

Master of Public Health (Research) – University of Western Australia
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) – University of Western Australia

Recent Publications

  • Mazumdar S, Learnihan V,  Cochrane T, Davey R. “The Built Environment and Social Capital: A Systematic Review”  Environment and Behavior”  Prepublished Jan 31, 2017 doi:10.1177/0013916516687343
  • Mazumdar S, Learnihan V,  Cochrane T, Phung H, O'Connor B, Davey R. (2016) “Is Walk Score associated with hospital admissions from chronic diseases? Evidence from a cross-sectional study in a high socioeconomic status Australian city-state” BMJ Open 2016;6:e012548.
    doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-012548
  • Giles-Corti B, Badland H, Mavoa S, Turrell G, Bull F, Boruff B, Pettit C, Bauman A, Hooper P, Villanueva K, Astell-Burt T, Feng X, Learnihan V, Davey R, Grenfell R, Thackway S. (2014). “Reconnecting urban planning with health: a protocol for the development and validation of national liveability indicators associated with noncommunicable disease risk behaviours and health outcomes” Public Health Res Pract. 25(1):e2511405 doi: 10.17061/phrp2511405
  • French S, Wood L, Foster S. A, Giles-Corti B, Frank L, Learnihan V. (2014). "Sense of Community and Its Association With the Neighborhood Built Environment", Environment and Behavior. Vol. 46, no. 6, pp 677-697 doi: 10.1177/0013916512469098
  • Frank LD, Saelens BE, Chapman J, Sallis JF, Kerr J, Glanz K, Couch SC, Learnihan V, Zhou C, Colburn T, Cain KL. (2012). "Objective Assessment of Obesogenic Environments in Youth", American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. e47-e55
    doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2012.02.006
  • Learnihan. V, Van Niel, K.P, Giles-Corti, B, and Knuiman, M. (2011). "Effect of Scale on the Links between Walking and Urban Design", Geographical Research, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 183-191 doi: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2011.00689.x
  • Giles-Corti B, Wood G, and Pikora, T and Learnihan V, Bulsara M, Van Niel K, Timperio A, McCormack G, Villanueva K, (2011). "School site and the potential to walk to school: The impact of street connectivity and traffic exposure in school neighborhoods", Health & Place, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 545-550  doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2010.12.011


  • 2017: Heart Foundation: NSW Cardiovascular Research Network (NSW CVRN) Collaborative Project Grant: Neighbourhood environment and cardiovascular health: An analysis of linked environmental data
    Dr Ding Ding (CI), Prof Bin Jalaludin, Dr Soumya Mazumdar, Prof Adrian Bauman, Dr Shanley Chong, Assoc. Prof Geoffrey Morgan, Dr Claus Gebel, Prof Rachel Davey, Mr Vincent Learnihan
    Funding: $200,000
  • 2005: Australian Sports Medicine Federation Fellows Best Poster – Health Promotion: Influence of data scale in walkability analyses