Staff profile - Alison Carver

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Dr Alison Carver

Position: Honorary Fellow
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Email: alison.carver@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Glasgow University, 1986
  • Master of Science, University of Strathclyde, 1987
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2009


Affiliations

Australasian Child and Adolescent Obesity Research Network (ACAORN)
 


Professional activities

External Reviewer of PhD Scholarship applications for National Heart Foundation, July 2012.
 
Represented Deakin University at Australian Research Council’s Expo of ARC-funded research, and discussed our study with Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr; Parliament House, Canberra, November 1, 2011.

Visiting Fellow at MRC-Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, October, 2011. 

Visiting Fellow at Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London, September, 2011.

Session chair at Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia, 15-18 June, 2011.

Member of Local Organising Committee for 2011 conference of International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) in Melbourne.

Invited to International Workshop on Children’s Independent Mobility at Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London on September 22, 2010.    

Invited by “Victoria Walks” to participate and contribute to their “Round-table on Children’s Walking”, July 2010.  

Consultant to Victorian Dept. of Transport for development of “Walk this Way” strategy, December 2009

Member of Advisory Committee for Kinect Australia “Go for your Life” Information
Centre (2009-10)

Member of Safe Speed Interest Group (SSIG), facilitated by National Heart Foundation, Victoria (since 2009). Co-authored SSIG submission on the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-20, titled ‘Promoting safe walking and cycling by reducing traffic speed’.
 
Reviewer of grants: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 2012; Health Research Board, Ireland 2010; Healthways, WA, 2009

Reviewer of conference abstracts: ICPAPH 2012, ISBNPA 2013, 2011, 2009, ASBHM 2009, NPAC 2009

Reviewer of journal articles for BMC Health, Preventive Medicine, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, Journal of Urban Health, International Journal of Pediatric Obesity, International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Asia    Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sports Medicine, Children Youth and Environments

Member of editorial team for C-PAN newsletter (since 2009)

Academic

Expertise categories

Knowledge areas

Active transport

Physical activity

Children's independent mobility

Neighbourhood safety

Built environment

Statistical Analysis


Conferences and seminars

Oral presentations

Title(s)
1. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. Young and free? A study of children’s independent mobility in urban and rural Australia. International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Sydney, Australia, October 31 - November 3, 2012

2. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. Young and free? A study of independent mobility among Australian children. Population Health Congress, Adelaide, Australia, 9-12 Sept, 2012.

3. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. How is active transport associated with adolescents’ physical activity over time? Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Melbourne, Australia, 15-18 June, 2011.

4. Carver A, Hesketh K, Crawford D. How does active transport contribute to adolescents’ physical activity over time? Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Epidemiological Association, Sydney, Australia, September 30- October 1, 2010.

5. Carver A, Timperio A, Hesketh K, Crawford D. Can safety-related features of the road environment stem declines in physical activity among youth? Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Brisbane, Australia, February 10-12, 2010.

6. Carver A, Timperio A, Hesketh K, Crawford D. A longitudinal study of associations between the local road environment and physical activity among youth. National Physical Activity Conference, Brisbane, Australia, October 14-17, 2009.

7. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. How do perceptions and objective measures of neighbourhood safety influence adolescents’ moderate-to-vigorous physical activity? Sixth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Oslo, Norway, 20-23 June, 2007.

8. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. How does road safety influence adolescents’ walking/cycling in the neighborhood. Fifth Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Boston, USA, 13-16 July, 2006.

9. Carver A, Timperio A, Salmon J, Ball, K, Crawford D. How does objectively-measured road safety influence active transport among adolescents? National Physical Activity Conference, Melbourne, Australia, October 13-16, 2005.

10. Carver A, Salmon J, Campbell K, Baur L, Garnett S, Crawford D.  How do perceptions of local neighbourhood relate to adolescents’ walking and cycling?  Scientific Conference of the Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine, Melbourne, Australia, February, 2005.

Poster presentations

1. Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D. The Box Hill to Ringwood Rail Trail: Opportunity for a natural experiment to study changes in active transport following construction of a shared trail for walking and cycling. Satellite Meeting the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Cambridge, UK, May 26-28, 2013.
   
2. Carver A, Veitch J, Sahlqvist S, Crawford D, Hume C. How are active transport and independent mobility on school journeys associated with children’s physical activity in low socioeconomic areas? Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium, May 22-25, 2013.

3. Carver A, Salmon J, Crawford, D, Campbell K, Garnett S, Shrewsbury V, Cowell, C, Baur L.  Associations between perceptions of the neighborhood and adolescents’ walking, cycling and total physical activity: the Nepean cohort study, International Congress of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM), Mainz, Germany, August, 2004.

Media appearances

January 2013 ’Kids kept off roads: streets too dangerous for children to cycle to school’; print article: Geelong Advertiser.

 December 2012 ‘Parental chauffeurs’ paper in Journal of Transport  Geography was selected for inclusion in Elsevier’s Monthly Research
Selection, an e-newsletter for science journalists and reporters.

December 2012 ‘Parental chauffeurs’; radio interview: The Pulse 94.7, Geelong.

   ‘Parental chauffeurs – what drives their transport choice?’: online article
http://cyclingresourcecentre.org.au/post/parental_chauffeurs_what_drives_their_transport_choice

November 2012 ‘Parental chauffeurs driving kids to school; online article http://aushiker.com/parental-chauffeurs-driving-kids-to-school
  
October, 2012 – ‘A short ride to obesity’; print article: The Age.

‘Chauffeured kids not helping obesity epidemic’: online article: Medical
   Search;  http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/Chauffeured-kids-not-helping-obesity-epidemic/f/10730

              ‘Parent chauffeurs drive kids to obesity’: online article: Bicycle Network Victoria 
   Available at https://www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/ride2school/94814/ 

  ‘Parents habits drive up obesity’; print article: Manly Daily (NSW).

  ‘Parents reluctant to let children walk to school because of traffic and
   ‘stranger danger’; print article: Herald Sun

   ‘Active eye on kids’; print article: Sunday Times (Perth, Western Australia).

   ‘Walk to School month’; radio interview; My Melbourne with Glenn Ridge,
     1377AM
                
May 2012 – ‘A generation is growing up without a sense of independence’ ; 1 print article, 1 online article: Herald Sun.

May 2012 – ‘Kids are held captive to fear’; 1 online article
Available at http://m.news.com.au/VIC/pg/0/fi1610391.htm

Feb 2012 - ’Nan, Pop happy to let grandkids off leash’; print article: Geelong Advertiser;

June 2011 - ‘Parent fears about children participating in active transport’;
1 Radio interview for ABC Gippsland; 3 print articles: Echo Bellarine, Geelong Advertiser, Maroondah Leader.

September 2008 - ; ‘Why teens stops exercising – how local safety impacts on walking’; print article: Herald Sun.

Awards

Awards and prizes

2008 Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award and Medal (Humanities/Social Sciences)

2006 National Heart Foundation of Australia Travel Grant

2005 Ron Shepherd Memorial Research Prize (First Equal)


Research

Research projects

I'm currently examining how social and physical environmental factors are associated with children's active transport and independent mobility, drawing on data on from the following projects: 

Carver A, Salmon J, Cleland V, Veitch J, Ball K, Crawford D. Individual, social and physical environmental influences on children's active transport and independent mobility. ARC Linkage in partnership with VicHealth. Total funding over 3 years (2010-2012) =$ 149,992

Carver A.  Australian arm of an international comparison study of children’s independent mobility (in collaboration with M. Hillman and team, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London). VicHealth. Total funding for one year (2010) = $25,000.


Research interests

Dr Carvers PhD research at Deakin examined how neighbourhood safety was related to physical activity among children and adolescents, with particular emphasis on road safety, concern about strangers, perception of risk and subsequent restriction/modification of childrens physical activity in the neighbourhood. Her ongoing research examines social and physical environmental factors that may influence childrens active transport and independent mobility (i.e. their freedom to move around without adult accompaniment) in urban and rural areas. She is interested in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology to examine the built environment in relation to childrens active transport and independent mobility.


Research grants

Ridgers N, Carver A, Veitch J, Hinkley T, Salmon J, Fletcher E. Literature Review: Children’s Physical Activity Participation. VicHealth tender – total funding=$10,000 (2013).

Veitch J, Timperio A, Salmon J, Crawford D, Giles-Corti B, Carver A. The impact of park renewal on park usage and park-based physical activity. ARC Linkage in partnership with Parks Victoria, VicHealth and City of Brimbank.  Total funding over 4 years (2012-2015) = $180,694.00

Carver A, Timperio A, Crawford D.  Active transport and use of public transport in urban areas. Deakin University Central Research Grants Scheme. Total funding for one year (2012) = $22,000.

Carver A, Hesketh K, Crawford D.  Associations between the built environment and children's independent mobility. Deakin University Central Research Grants Scheme. Total funding for one year (2011) = $15,000.

Carver A, Salmon J, Cleland V, Veitch J, Ball K, Crawford D. Individual, social and physical environmental influences on children's active transport and independent mobility. ARC Linkage in partnership with VicHealth. Total funding over 3 years (2010-2012) =$ 149,992 (Hume C was originally lead CI until she relocated overseas).

Carver A.  Australian arm of an international comparison study of children’s independent mobility (in collaboration with M. Hillman and team, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, London). VicHealth. Total funding for one year (2010) = $25,000.


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/90930/Dr-Alison-Carver


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