Bio and CV
Dr. Frank is the Bombardier Chairholder and Professor in Sustainable Transport and the Director of the Health and Community Design Lab at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality, and health. He has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for 25 years and has led over $20 million in funded research and lead or co-authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and reports, as well as two of the leading books Health and Community Design and Urban Sprawl and Public Health, on these topics.
Dr. Frank’s work is highly cited. Thompson and Reuters placed him in the top 1% globally within all of the social sciences as a highly cited scholar in 2014 with over 22,000 citations of his work. He is amongst the most highly cited planning academics in the world and one of the top 2 in North America with an H-Index of 61- primarily for his ground breaking work on the links between the built environment and health.
Dr. Frank works directly with local, regional, provincial or state, and federal agencies to help translate research into practice–based tools that provide direct feedback on the health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development proposals. His position at UBC is split between the Schools of Community and Regional Planning in in the Faculty of Applied Science and Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine.
Thompson and Reuters 2014-2016: Dr Frank is listed in the Top 1% Globally as a Highly Cited Researcher within the Social Sciences
Google Scholar H-Index = 61 – Most Cited Works Shown at this link: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=sF_AKKQAAAAJ&hl=en
Health and Economic Benefits of a Walkable Urban Form - Dr. Lawrence Frank and the Health and Community Design Lab at UBC were awarded a grant jointly funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC, City of Vancouver, Translink, and METRO Vancouver to evaluate chronic disease, social capital, mental health, and physical activity impacts of the built, natural, and social environment. This work will be conducted in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and will link their My Health My Community Survey of 33,000 respondents with the parcel level walkability and regional accessibility databases housed in the Health and Community Design lab. It will include a detailed outreach program co–led by Rob Barrs with MODUS which will include focus groups on end user groups to understand how to package and disseminate the information generated by the study. This project leverages an already funded novel study Dr. Frank has with Canada Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) which for the first time will ever directly measures health care utilization and cost relationships with land use and transportation investment decisions - or degrees of walkability. The Mayor’s Council at METRO Vancouver in September voted in unanimous support of the study and explicitly to engage Provincial and federal funding partners.
PLAN 579/SPPH 571: Public Health, Transportation, and the Built Environment, , PLAN 580: Introduction to Transportation Planning