City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Literature Review

Healthy Built Environments: A review of the literature

In 2011, the Healthy Built Environments Program completed a major scholarly literature review examining the role of the built environment in supporting human health as part of everyday living. The principal aim of the Review was to establish an evidence base that supports the development, prioritisation and implementation of healthy built environment policies and practices. The Review identifies current gaps in the evidence to inform future research directions. It includes an annotated bibliography of key research articles and a glossary of terms to assist practitioners, policy makers and researchers working in this interdisciplinary realm. In 2012, the Literature Review won the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award from the Planning Institute of Australia. Click here for more information about the award.

The focus of the Review is on the three key built environment domains that support human health:

  1. The Built Environment and Getting People Active.
  2. The Built Environment and Connecting and Strengthening Communities.
  3. The Built Environment and Providing Healthy Food Options.

These built environment domains address three of the major risk factors for contemporary chronic disease - physical inactivity, social isolation and obesity.

The Literature Review is available for download as the whole document or its individual sections.

Whole document (12MB)

Cover and Acknowledgements (1.11MB)
List of Abbreviations and Contents (2.11MB)
The Healthy Built Environments Program Overview (291KB)
Executive Summary (295KB)
1.0 Introduction (255KB)
2.0 Structure of this Review (2.46MB)
3.0 Aims and Parameters (2.99MB)
4.0 Scope and Methodology (3.20MB)
5.0 The Evidence (200KB)
5.1 The Built Environment and Getting People Active (653KB)
5.2 The Built Environment and Connecting and Strengthening Communities (546KB)
5.3 The Built Environment and Providing Healthy Food Options (416KB)
6.0 Professional Development (284KB)
7.0 Conclusion (114KB)
References (490KB)
Appendix 1: Diary of Database Searches (202KB)
Appendix 2: Glossary (282KB)
Appendix 3: Annotated Bibliography (2.57MB)


Literature Updates

The Healthy Built Environments Program undertakes regular reviews of new literature relating to the three key domains of healthy built environments – Getting People Active, Connecting and Strengthening Communities and Providing Healthy Food Options. Keep up-to-date with the fortnightly literature reviews by clicking on the list below.

Issue 114: 24 August - 4 September 2015

Issue 113: 10-21 August 2015

Issue 112: 27 July - 7 August 2015

Issue 111: 13-24 July 2015

Issue 110: 29 June - 10 July 2015

Issue 109: 15-26 June 2015

Issue 108: 1-12 June 2015

Issue 107: 18-29 May 2015

Issue 106: 4-15 May 2015

Issue 105: 20 April - 1 May 2015

Issue 104: 6-17 April 2015

Issue 103: 23 March - 3 April 2015

Issue 102: 9-20 March 2015

Issue 101: 23 February - 6 March 2015

Issue 100: 9-20 February 2015

Issue 99: 26 January - 6 February 2015

Issue 98: 12-23 January 2015

Issue 97: 28 December 2014 - 9 January 2015

Issue 96: 15-26 December 2014

Issue 95: 1-12 December 2014

Issue 94: 17-28 November 2014

Issue 93: 3-14 November 2014

Issue 92: 20-31 October 2014

Issue 91: 6-17 October 2014

Issue 90: 22 September - 3 October 2014

Issue 89: 8-20 September 2014

Issue 88: 25 August - 5 September 2014

Issue 87: 11-22 August 2014

Issue 86: 28 July - 8 August 2014

Issue 85: 14-25 July 2014

Issue 84: 30 June - 11 July 2014

Issue 83: 16-27 June 2014

Issue 82: 2-13 June 2014

Issue 81: 19-30 May 2014

Issue 80: 5-16 May 2014

Issue 79: 21 April - 2 May 2014

Issue 78: 7-18 April 2014

Issue 77: 24 March - 4 April 2014

Issue 76: 10-21 March 2014

Issue 75: 24 February - 7 March 2014

Issue 74: 8-19 February 2014

Issue 73: 27 January - 7 February 2014

Issue 72: 13-24 January 2014

Issue 71: 30 December 2013 - 10 January 2014

Issue 70: 16-27 December 2013

Issue 69: 2-13 December 2013

Issue 68: 18-29 November 2013

Issue 67: 4-15 November 2013

Issue 66: 21 October - 1 November 2013

Issue 65: 7-18 October 2013

Issue 64: 23 September - 4 October 2013

Issue 63: 9-20 September 2013

Issue 62: 26 August - 6 September 2013

Issue 61: 17-23 August 2013

Issue 60: 29 July - 9 August 2013

Issue 59: 15-26 July 2013

Issue 58: 1-12 July 2013

Issue 57: 17-28 June 2013

Issue 56: 3-14 June 2013

Issue 55: 20-31 May 2013

Issue 54: 6-17 May 2013

Issue 53: 22 April - 3 May 2013

Issue 52: 8-19 April 2013

Issue 51: 25 March - 4 April 2013

Issue 50: 11-22 March 2013

Issue 49: 25 February - 8 March 2013

Issue 48: 11-22 February 2013

Issue 47: 28 January - 8 February 2013

Issue 46: 14-25 January 2013

Issue 45: 31 December 2012 - 11 January 2013

Issue 44: 17-28 December 2012

Issue 43: 3-14 December 2012

Issue 42: 19-30 November 2012

Issue 41: 5-16 November 2012

Issue 40: 22 October - 1 November 2012

Issue 39: 8-19 October 2012

Issue 38: 24 September - 5 October 2012

Issue 37: 10-21 September 2012

Issue 36: 27 August - 7 September 2012

Issue 35: 13-24 August 2012

Issue 34: 30 July - 10 August 2012

Issue 33: 16-27 July 2012

Issue 32: 2-13 July 2012

Issue 31: 18-29 June 2012

Issue 30: 4-15 June 2012

Issue 29: 21 May - 1 June 2012

Issue 28: 7-18 May 2012

Issue 27: 23 April - 4 May 2012

Issue 26: 9-20 April 2012

Issue 25: 26 March - 6 April 2012

Issue 24: 12-23 March 2012

Issue 23: 27 February - 9 March 2012

Issue 22: 13-24 February 2012

Issue 21: 30 January - 10 February 2012

Issue 20: 16-27 January 2012

Issue 19: 12-23 December 2011

Issue 18: 28 November - 9 December 2011

Issue 17: 14-25 November 2011

Issue 16: 30 October - 11 November 2011

Issue 15: 17-28 October 2011

Issue 14: 3-14 October 2011

Issue 13: 19-30 September 2011

Issue 12: 5-16 September 2011

Issue 11: 22 August - 2 September

Issue 10: 8-19 August 2011

Issue 9: 25 July - 5 August 2011

Issue 8: 11-22 July 2011

Issue 7: 27 June - 8 July 2011

Issue 6: 13-24 June 2011

Issue 5: 30 May - 10 June 2011

Issue 4: 16-27 May 2011

Issue 3: 2-13 May 2011

Issue 2: 18-29 April 2011

Issue 1: 4-15 April 2011