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Melanie Crane

Public Health Research Fellow,

The University of Sydney

Dr Melanie Crane is a Public Health Research Fellow at The University of Sydney. Her research and teaching extend across non-communicable disease prevention; human health and wellbeing in relation to transport, built environments and climate change; and research methodologies in implementation science, systems thinking and complex program evaluation.

Since 2016, Dr Crane has co-managed The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre’s evaluation capacity unit and currently manages the Centre’s Implementation and Scale-up work, with partners from the Australian Government Department of Health and Australian state health departments. She is also currently conducting a number of evaluation projects of major urban and transport infrastructure to determine quantifiable systemic health impacts. 

Dr Crane is part of the Wellcome Trust Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) consortium: a transdisciplinary project with researchers from UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, University of Peking, The University of Sydney, University of Wisconsin and others. This research partners with cities London, Rennes, Nairobi, Kisumu, Beijing and Ningbo to improve human development in cities for health and sustainability. Dr Crane led the conceptual development and has spent several years investigating how and why cities need to transform to enable better outcomes for planetary and human health.