Urban environment, health and well-being in Hong Kong: accounting for the role of daily activity and time use patterns of different population groups
The project will contribute to the large and still growing body of literature on urban environment-health interactions and will make use of the synergies that can be gained through collaborations between academics involved in time and health geography, geoinformatics, and physical education. We will adopt a time-geography framework to analyse daily activities in space and time and to study the impacts of living environments on daily activities, wellbeing and health outcomes of Hong Kong residents. Furthermore, we shall explore the environment-health interaction across various population subgroups, taking the unobserved heterogeneity of each groups’ mobility levels, access to resources and constraints into consideration. We will also examine to what extent variations in environment-health interactions can be related to the daily activity patterns of different population groups. In addition, the study will explore contrasting environmental attributes that may promote healthy behaviour and resultant health and wellbeing outcomes. This research project will improve our existing knowledge concerning the relationships between daily activities and health conditions, and will contribute to the literature by documenting the impacts of living environments on the wellbeing and health outcomes of different population groups. These findings will be particularly relevant for policy makers who have to design policies that enhance the wellbeing of urban citizens.
Statistical analysis and modeling.