PhD, Masters of Public Health, BA (Hons) Social Psychology
I am a senior research fellow and acting director at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (chetre.org/). I am an applied public health social scientists who is interested in complex real world policy issues. I am co-located at UNSW and South Western Sydney Local Health District. I focus on research that makes a difference at the local level as well as connecting with national and international research, policy and practice. My broad interest is addressing health equity through public policy. My main areas of expertise are the intersections of health and equity with infrastructure and urban planning, and climate adaptation with policy lens.
I am also interested in cross-disciplinary working to progress healthy public policy. This includes transdisciplinary knowledge and collaboration, and understanding how governance and intersectoral action can be developed to improve health and wellbeing in public policy making.
I coordinate the Policy Studies course as part of the Masters of Public Health. I am also experienced in teaching and running workshops to progress healthy public policy. This includes different processes like impact assessment, program logic, and realist evaluation. I have run workshops all over the world and nearly all Australian jurisdictions.
I am involved in several journals, including being (co) Editor in Chief of the new Oxford University Press Open Access Journal, 'Infrastructure and Health: Big Connections for Wellbeing'
I recently published a book on my work over the past decade, 'Iluminating Policy for Health: Insights from a Decade of Researching Urban and Regional Planning' wth Palgrave MacMillan
Beck, B, ... Harris, P. et al Sustainable active transport infrastructure interventions focussed on implementation science and intersectoral action. 2023-2027, NHMRC CIHR, $1,250,000
My research interests include health and health equity as cross cutting public policy issues, specifically within urban and regional planning and infrastructure policy and planning, and the use of impact assessment to improve public health. I have received research funding of Aus$9 million including fellowships and grants from the ARC and NHMRC.
Broadly my current research activities are as follows:
- healthy public policy / health in all policies
- healthy urban planning
- 'health' political science: new institutionalism, governance and urban politics
- working with local government
- city deals
- infrastructure planning and delivery
- refugees and asylum seekers
- housing and health
- pandemics and cities
I am co-located with South Western Sydney Population Health.
Current Committees: International Society of Urban Health: Accelerating City Equity Project, Oceania Working Group (2022-2023), Greater Sydney Heat Taskforce strategic advisor, Sweltering Cities Strategic Advisor
Harris, P., Kent, J. The Conversation, July 2023, By Gutting the Greater Sydney Commission, The NSW Government is setting itself up for failure. https://theconversation.com/by-gutting-the-greater-cities-commission-the-nsw-government-is-setting-up-itself-and-sydney-for-failure-208934
Formal Policy Engagement:
My Research Supervision
Glen Ramos - Pandemic preparedness and management. School of Population Health / CPHCE - w Deborah Lupton and Evelyne De Leeuw
Completed - Brendan Clifford (Housing and Homelesseness and Health) - University of Sydney w Andrew Wilson
I coordinate the Policy Studies unit PHCM9381