About us

The Rapid Urbanisation and Population Health (RUPH) Research Group is led by Professor Xiaoqi Feng. Urban health and environmental challenges are context-specific and cannot be fully understood or addressed by any single research discipline. 

RUPH embraces diversity to generate evidence-based solutions to these wicked problems and supports the building of transdisciplinary research capacities among UNSW academics, students, and collaborators worldwide. RUPH harnesses scientific, clinical, and industry expertise and lived experiences of members of communities to shape healthier, more liveable cities for all. 

Research Strengths

  • Urban health and environment
  • Lonelygenic Environments theory
  • Green space and health research
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health inequalities and inequities
  • Linked health administrative data studies
  • Cohort studies and longitudinal surveys
  • Health services research
  • Multilevel modelling and advanced statistical analyses
  • Randomised trials of preventive health interventions

Our people

Professor of Environmental and Urban Health Xiaoqi Feng
Professor of Environmental and Urban Health


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Research Fellow

RUPH Statistician

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RUPH Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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RUPH Project Officer

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RUPH Research Assistant

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RUPH Research Assistant

Our work

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  • Environmental Health (PHCM9612)

    Postgraduate course

    100% students’ satisfaction in 2021 and 2022

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    Environmental Health (PHCM3010)

    Undergraduate Course

    New course offers from May 2024

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    • University of Wollongong
    • Australian National University
    • UNSW Lifestyle Clinic
    • The George Institute for Global Health
    • Diabetes Together
    • CSIRO
    • University of Glasgow
    • Uppsala Universitet
    • The University of British Columbia
    • Griffith University
    • Southern Cross University
    • ASPIRE
    • PCCS

More about us

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