Professor Takemi Sugiyama - Faculty of Health Sciences (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor


Dr Takemi Sugiyama has interdisciplinary research experience covering architecture, urban design, behavioural and spatial epidemiology. Building on the expertise, Dr Sugiyama has been working on research involving the built environment, active living and health. At MMIHR, his research focuses on local environments supporting active living, aged care facility design and residents' mental health, and office environment and workplace behaviours. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in public health and environmental design journals and books. He is a certified architect (Japan) and Associate Editor of Journal of Transport and Health.


Phone :8262 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Physical Activity ; Active transport ; Urban design ; Building design ; Mental Health ;

Methods Expertise

Design and analysis of observational studies ; Longitudinal and cross-sectional designs ; Multilevel Modeling ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Healthy and Liveable Communities (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Prospective associations of local destinations and routes with middle-to-older aged adults' walking, in Gerontologist, 58(1), 121-129.


Sedentary time in older men and women: An international consensus statement and research priorities, in British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(21), 1526-1532.


Adverse associations of car time with markers of cardio-metabolic risk, in Preventive Medicine, 83, 26-30.

Residential proximity to urban centres, local walkability and change in waist circumference among Australian adults, in Preventive Medicine, 93, 39-45.


Neighborhood environmental attributes and adults maintenance of regular walking, in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 47, 1204-1210.


Perceived neighbourhood environmental attributes associated with adults' recreational walking: IPEN Adult study in 12 countries, in Health & Place, 28, 22-30.


Commuting by car: Weight gain among physically active adults, in American Journal of Preventive Medicine 44, 169-173.


Destination and route attributes associated with adultsa?? walking: A review, in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44, 1275-1286.


Associations between recreational walking and attractiveness, size, and proximity of neighborhood open spaces, in American Journal of Public Health, 100(9), 1752-1757.


Associations of neighbourhood greenness with physical and mental health: Do walking, social coherence and local social interaction explain the relationships?, in Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 62(5), e9.