Professor Gavin Turrell - Institute for Health & Ageing (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

Professor Gavin Turrell is a Social Epidemiologist whose research focuses on the Social Determinants of Health and Health Inequities. In 2000, Gavin established the Australian Health Inequities Research Program (AHIRP). AHIRPs vision is "A socioeconomically just Australian society, without health inequity", and its mission is "To conduct research that is directed at improving the environmental, social, and economic conditions that give rise to good health, and to counter those conditions that generate poor health". His research is primarily population-based and much of it examines how the neighbourhood environment interacts with individual-level factors to influence health and related behaviours and risk factors. Gavin is a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy, Liveable, and Equitable Communities, where he leading a research program examining whether the neighbourhood built environment is causally related to health and well-being. Gavin and his collaborators, including Research Fellows, PhD and Masters students, are investigating topics such as ethnicity and health, Indigenous status and diabetic foot disease, neighbourhood disadvantage and physical function, socioeconomic position and physical activity, neighbourhood environment and walking, transport and health, and neighbourhoods and mental health (among others). Gavin's work is increasingly focusing on ways to reduce health inequities through urban design, public policy, health policy, health promotion, and other intervention strategies.


Phone :8251 (Melbourne)
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Research Interests

Inequity ; Neighbourhoods ; Healthy ageing ; Public Health ; Urban design ;

Methods Expertise

Multilevel modelling ; longitudinal analyses ; Causal Models ; Survey Design ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


The Family Life Course and Health: Partnership and Fertility Histories and Physical Health Trajectories in Later Life, in Demography (in press)


Neighbourhood disadvantage and self-reported type 2 diabetes, heart disease and comorbidity: a cross-sectional multilevel study, in Annals of Epidemiology, In Press

Associations between individual socioeconomic position, neighbourhood disadvantage, and transport mode: Baseline results from the HABITAT multilevel study, in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health; 69:1217-1223

Socioeconomic inequalities in diet and bodyweight: evidence, causes, and intervention options., in Public Health Nutrition; 18(5):759-763


A proposed framework for evaluating the socioeconomic health impact of obesity prevention strategies, in American Journal of Public Health; 104(10):E43-E50

Sedentary Behaviour and Health: Mapping Environmental and Social Contexts to Underpin Chronic Disease Prevention., in British Journal of Sports Medicine; 48:174-177

Change in walking for transport: a longitudinal study of the influence of neighbourhood disadvantage and individual-level socioeconomic position in mid-aged adults., in International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity;11(151) doi:10.1186/s12966-014-0151-7

Contribution of Psychosocial Factors to the Association between Socioeconomic Position and Takeaway Food Consumption, in PLoS ONE;9(9): e108799. doi;10.1371/journal.pone.0108799

Cycling for transport and recreation: associations with socio-economic position, environmental perceptions, and psychological disposition, in Preventive Medicine; 63:29-35


Can the built environment reduce health inequalities? A study of neighbourhood socioeconomic disadvantage and walking for transport, in Health and Place; 19:89-98

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