Dr Jennifer Kent

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Dr Jennifer Kent is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Jennifer was a Lecturer at Macquarie University and Research Associate at the Healthy Built Environments Program at the University of NSW. She has also worked as a town planner in NSW in both local government and as a consultant.

Jennifer's research has two key themes. The first relates to day-to-day mobility, with an explicit mandate to record and theorise shifts away from private car use towards more sustainable transport modes in car oriented cities. The second is on the general links between the built environment and health. The various health impacts of transport, including the detrimental health implications associated with private car dependency, exist as the nexus between these two research themes.

Jennifer publishes regularly in high ranking scholarly journals and her work has been used to inform policy development in NSW and Australia, including Sydney's most recent metropolitan strategy. Her research was recognised at the pre-eminent conference on urbanism in Australia – the State of Australian Cities Conference – where she was awarded the Peter Harrison Memorial Prize for the best paper submitted by a PhD student in 2013.

Selected grants

2017

  • Translating Evidence to Support Planning strategies for Healthier Higher Density living; Prior J, Kent J, Thompson S, Thomas L, Capon A, Rissel C, Adams J; UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation/Research Support.

2016

  • Mass-movements: what are the impacts of rapid greenfield development on wellbeing, connection and crime?; Kent J, Clancey G; The Henry Halloran Trust/Blue Sky Project Grant.
  • Including health and health equity in strategic land use planning in the Sydney area; Harris P, Kent J, Sainsbury P, Harris E; The Henry Halloran Trust/Strategic Partnership Grant.

2015

  • The impact of relocation to higher density living on mobility practices in car-dominated cities; Kent J, Phibbs P; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Oh, S., Kent, J. (2017). Retrofitting traditional streets for shared uses: The 'pedestrian priority street' in seoul. In Corinne Mulley, Klaus Gebel, Ding Ding (Eds.), Walking: Connecting Sustainable Transport with Health, (pp. 365-383). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2016). The Future of Paratransit and DRT: Introducing Cars On Demand. In Corinne Mulley, John D. Nelson (Eds.), Paratransit: Shaping the Flexible Transport Future, (pp. 391-412). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2015). Healthy Planning in Australia. In Hugh Barton, Susan Thompson, Sarah Burgess, Marcus Grant (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a Sustainable and Healthy Future, (pp. 443-454). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2013). Designing Health Promotion in Practice: An Australasian Perspective. Australian Healthcare Design. In Copeland, K. (Eds.), Australian Healthcare Design 2005-2015: A Critical Review of the Design and Build of Healthcare Infrastructure in Australia, (pp. 26-31). Brisbane: International Academy for Design and Health.
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2012). Healthy Planning. In Susan Thompson, Paul Maginn (Eds.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, 2nd Edition, (pp. 381-408). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Kent, J., Dowling, R., Maalsen, S. (2017). Catalysts for transport transitions: Bridging the gap between disruptions and change. Journal of Transport Geography, 60, 200-207. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Kent, J., Sainsbury, P., Thow, A., Baum, F., Friel, S., McCue, P. (2017). Creating 'healthy built environment' legislation in Australia; a policy analysis. Health Promotion International, online (in press), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Clancey, G., Kent, J., Lyons, A., Westcott, H. (2017). Crime and crime prevention in an Australian growth centre. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 19(1), 17-30. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Harris, P., Kent, J., Sainsbury, P., Lane, A., Baum, F. (2017). Including Health in Environmental Assessments of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects: A Documentary Analysis. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Riley, E., Sainsbury, P., Kent, J., Baum, F. (2017). Including health in environmental impact assessments of three mega transport projects in Sydney, Australia: A critical, institutional, analysis. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, in press. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Mulley, C. (2017). Riding with dogs in cars: what can it teach us about transport practices and policy? Transportation Research Part A.
  • Kent, J., Ma, L., Mulley, C. (2017). The Objective and Perceived Built Environment: What Matters for Happiness? Cities & Health, (forthcoming). [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2016). "Over 1000 cars and no garage": How urban planning supports car(park) sharing. Urban Policy and Research, 34(3), 256-268. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Kent, J., Sainsbury, P., Thow, A. (2016). Framing health for land-use planning legislation: A qualitative descriptive content analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 148, 42-51. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2016). Healthy Planning: The Australian Landscape. Built Environment, 42(1), 90-106. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2016). Ontological security and private car use in Sydney, Australia. Sociological Research Online, 21(2), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Andrew, W. (2016). What can Built Environment and Health Professionals Learn from Crime Prevention in Planning? Introducing "HPTED". Urban Policy and Research, 34(1), 39-54. [More Information]
  • Dowling, R., Kent, J. (2015). Practice and public-private partnerships in sustainable transport governance: The case of car sharing in Sydney, Australia. Transport Policy, 40(May 2015), 58-64. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2015). Still Feeling the Car - the role of comfort in sustaining private car use. Mobilities, 10(5), 726-747. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Lyons, C. (2014). Building partnerships for healthy environments: research, leadership and education. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 25(3), 202-208. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2014). Carsharing as active transport: What are the potential health benefits? Journal of Transport & Health, 1(1), 54-62. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2014). Connecting and strengthening communities in places for health and well-being. Australian Planner, 51(3), 260-271. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2014). Driving to save time or saving time to drive? The enduring appeal of the private car. Transportation Research Part A, 65, 103-115. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2014). Healthy Built Environments Supporting Everyday Occupations: Current Thinking in Urban Planning. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(1), 25-41. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2014). The Three Domains of Urban Planning for Health and Well-Being. Journal of Planning Literature, 29(3), 239-256. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2013). Puncturing automobility? Carsharing practices. Journal of Transport Geography, 32, 86-92. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2012). Health and the Built Environment: Exploring Foundations for a new Interdisciplinary Profession. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012 (2012), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2006). A question of fact and degree: The impact of the doctrine of ancillary use on place-based planning. Local Government Law Journal, 11(3), 135-138.

Conferences

  • Kent, J. (2015). Making Health a Planning Priority: how was health framed in the review of the NSW planning system? 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast: Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2015). When what's mine isn't yours in collaborative consumption: the politics of parking for car sharing cars. 37th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Sydney: Australasian Transport Research Forum.
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Lyons, C. (2013). Planning and Health: Forging New Alliances in Building Healthy and Resilient Cities. Joint Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Congress 2013, Dublin: Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).
  • Kent, J. (2013). Private Car Use as Resistance to Alternative Transport: Automobility's Interminable Appeal. 6th State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2013), Sydney: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Dowling, R., Kent, J. (2013). The Challenges of Planning for Autonomous Mobility in Australia. 6th State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2013), Sydney: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2012). Evidence Based Policy and Practice for Healthy Built Environments: The Three Domains. 5th Healthy Cities: Making Cities Liveable Conference, Geelong: Healthy Cities.
  • Wheeler, A., Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2011). A Pathway for Practice: Translating Research Evidence into Healthy Planning Policy. World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Kent, J. (2011). Biting the hand that feeds us - town planning at the front line in the war against unhealthy eating. World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Kent, J. (2011). Biting the hand that feeds us: urban planning at the front line in the war against unhealthy eating. Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference, Semenyih: University of Nottingham Malaysia.
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2011). Fostering Effective Interdisciplinary Collaboration Between the Built Environment and Health. 2011 State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2011), Melbourne: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Wheeler, A. (2011). Healthy Built Environments: Connecting and Strengthening Communities. World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Jalaludin, B. (2011). Supporting Human Health: Focusing Effective Built Environment Interventions. 2011 State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2011), Melbourne: State of Australian Cities Research Network.

2017

  • Kent, J., Dowling, R., Maalsen, S. (2017). Catalysts for transport transitions: Bridging the gap between disruptions and change. Journal of Transport Geography, 60, 200-207. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Kent, J., Sainsbury, P., Thow, A., Baum, F., Friel, S., McCue, P. (2017). Creating 'healthy built environment' legislation in Australia; a policy analysis. Health Promotion International, online (in press), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Clancey, G., Kent, J., Lyons, A., Westcott, H. (2017). Crime and crime prevention in an Australian growth centre. Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 19(1), 17-30. [More Information]
  • Riley, E., Harris, P., Kent, J., Sainsbury, P., Lane, A., Baum, F. (2017). Including Health in Environmental Assessments of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects: A Documentary Analysis. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 6, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Riley, E., Sainsbury, P., Kent, J., Baum, F. (2017). Including health in environmental impact assessments of three mega transport projects in Sydney, Australia: A critical, institutional, analysis. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, in press. [More Information]
  • Oh, S., Kent, J. (2017). Retrofitting traditional streets for shared uses: The 'pedestrian priority street' in seoul. In Corinne Mulley, Klaus Gebel, Ding Ding (Eds.), Walking: Connecting Sustainable Transport with Health, (pp. 365-383). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Mulley, C. (2017). Riding with dogs in cars: what can it teach us about transport practices and policy? Transportation Research Part A.
  • Kent, J., Ma, L., Mulley, C. (2017). The Objective and Perceived Built Environment: What Matters for Happiness? Cities & Health, (forthcoming). [More Information]

2016

  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2016). "Over 1000 cars and no garage": How urban planning supports car(park) sharing. Urban Policy and Research, 34(3), 256-268. [More Information]
  • Harris, P., Kent, J., Sainsbury, P., Thow, A. (2016). Framing health for land-use planning legislation: A qualitative descriptive content analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 148, 42-51. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2016). Healthy Planning: The Australian Landscape. Built Environment, 42(1), 90-106. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2016). Ontological security and private car use in Sydney, Australia. Sociological Research Online, 21(2), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2016). The Future of Paratransit and DRT: Introducing Cars On Demand. In Corinne Mulley, John D. Nelson (Eds.), Paratransit: Shaping the Flexible Transport Future, (pp. 391-412). Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Andrew, W. (2016). What can Built Environment and Health Professionals Learn from Crime Prevention in Planning? Introducing "HPTED". Urban Policy and Research, 34(1), 39-54. [More Information]

2015

  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2015). Healthy Planning in Australia. In Hugh Barton, Susan Thompson, Sarah Burgess, Marcus Grant (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a Sustainable and Healthy Future, (pp. 443-454). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Kent, J. (2015). Making Health a Planning Priority: how was health framed in the review of the NSW planning system? 2015 State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2015), Gold Coast: Australian Cities Research Network (ACRN).
  • Dowling, R., Kent, J. (2015). Practice and public-private partnerships in sustainable transport governance: The case of car sharing in Sydney, Australia. Transport Policy, 40(May 2015), 58-64. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2015). Still Feeling the Car - the role of comfort in sustaining private car use. Mobilities, 10(5), 726-747. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2015). When what's mine isn't yours in collaborative consumption: the politics of parking for car sharing cars. 37th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Sydney: Australasian Transport Research Forum.

2014

  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Lyons, C. (2014). Building partnerships for healthy environments: research, leadership and education. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 25(3), 202-208. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2014). Carsharing as active transport: What are the potential health benefits? Journal of Transport & Health, 1(1), 54-62. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2014). Connecting and strengthening communities in places for health and well-being. Australian Planner, 51(3), 260-271. [More Information]
  • Kent, J. (2014). Driving to save time or saving time to drive? The enduring appeal of the private car. Transportation Research Part A, 65, 103-115. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2014). Healthy Built Environments Supporting Everyday Occupations: Current Thinking in Urban Planning. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(1), 25-41. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2014). The Three Domains of Urban Planning for Health and Well-Being. Journal of Planning Literature, 29(3), 239-256. [More Information]

2013

  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2013). Designing Health Promotion in Practice: An Australasian Perspective. Australian Healthcare Design. In Copeland, K. (Eds.), Australian Healthcare Design 2005-2015: A Critical Review of the Design and Build of Healthcare Infrastructure in Australia, (pp. 26-31). Brisbane: International Academy for Design and Health.
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Lyons, C. (2013). Planning and Health: Forging New Alliances in Building Healthy and Resilient Cities. Joint Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) and Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Congress 2013, Dublin: Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP).
  • Kent, J. (2013). Private Car Use as Resistance to Alternative Transport: Automobility's Interminable Appeal. 6th State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2013), Sydney: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Kent, J., Dowling, R. (2013). Puncturing automobility? Carsharing practices. Journal of Transport Geography, 32, 86-92. [More Information]
  • Dowling, R., Kent, J. (2013). The Challenges of Planning for Autonomous Mobility in Australia. 6th State of Australian Cities National Conference (SOAC 2013), Sydney: State of Australian Cities Research Network.

2012

  • Thompson, S., Kent, J. (2012). Evidence Based Policy and Practice for Healthy Built Environments: The Three Domains. 5th Healthy Cities: Making Cities Liveable Conference, Geelong: Healthy Cities.
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2012). Health and the Built Environment: Exploring Foundations for a new Interdisciplinary Profession. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012 (2012), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2012). Healthy Planning. In Susan Thompson, Paul Maginn (Eds.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, 2nd Edition, (pp. 381-408). New York: Cambridge University Press.

2011

  • Wheeler, A., Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2011). A Pathway for Practice: Translating Research Evidence into Healthy Planning Policy. World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Kent, J. (2011). Biting the hand that feeds us - town planning at the front line in the war against unhealthy eating. World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Kent, J. (2011). Biting the hand that feeds us: urban planning at the front line in the war against unhealthy eating. Universitas 21 Graduate Research Conference, Semenyih: University of Nottingham Malaysia.
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S. (2011). Fostering Effective Interdisciplinary Collaboration Between the Built Environment and Health. 2011 State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2011), Melbourne: State of Australian Cities Research Network.
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Wheeler, A. (2011). Healthy Built Environments: Connecting and Strengthening Communities. World Planning Schools Congress 2011 (WPSC 2011), Perth, Australia: University of Western Australia.
  • Thompson, S., Kent, J., Jalaludin, B. (2011). Supporting Human Health: Focusing Effective Built Environment Interventions. 2011 State of Australian Cities Conference (SOAC 2011), Melbourne: State of Australian Cities Research Network.

2006

  • Kent, J. (2006). A question of fact and degree: The impact of the doctrine of ancillary use on place-based planning. Local Government Law Journal, 11(3), 135-138.

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