Project Title: Breathing space: Planning for health and wellbeing in high-rise high density precincts

Project Description: I am seeking to establish the requisite evidence base that can be deployed to improve planning for high-rise high density precincts. This goal will be achieved through determining the way in which differences in building density and separation influence health and wellbeing outcomes for residents in subtropical climatic contexts.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science -  Built Environment (Landscape Architecture/Urban and Regional Planning Major) with Distinction, Queensland University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning with Distinction, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Built Environment (Urban Design Major), Queensland University of Technology

Researcher biography

Helen has more than 25 years of practice experience in the fields of urban planning and urban design. She has worked on projects ranging in scale from public space capital work improvements to precinct master planning and local planning at the district scale. At the regional scale she worked on the review of the South East Queensland 2009 Regional Plan. Helen also has extensive community consultation experience, including working on a multi-award winning project -The Spit Master Plan - that was recognised for outstanding practice in the area of community engagement and participation.

Helen’s research interests relate to urban form, human-environment behaviour and healthy placemaking.


Areas of research