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Measuring, Mapping, Creating: a mixed method approach to sedentary behaviours and workplace design
International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 47 (2013)
  • Prof Sarah McGann, The University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Marian Tye, Curtin University
  • Jonine Jancey, Curtin University
  • Krysten Blackford, Curtin University
  • Robyn Creagh, Curtin University
  • Leanne Tollis, Curtin University
Abstract
This paper reports on the formation and success of an innovative
interdisciplinary research team formed to tackle a current critical
challenge in our social, cultural and built environments. The challenge—
that of sedentary behaviour and its relationship to workplace
design—is somewhat familiar to researchers in health promotion but
is less so to architectural researchers. The research team has been especially
choreographed to include a diverse membership with different
skills and expertise ranging from highly scientific to highly creative
practices. The team consists of experienced researchers from the
fields of architecture, health promotion and recreation and includes
early career researchers, doctoral and undergraduate students. The
mixed methods employed in this study reinforce the value of engaging
critical creative practices with scientific analyses. The success of the
partnership is demonstrated by being awarded the first ‘Healthway’
grant to an area outside of Health Sciences at Curtin University. In
undertaking the research and engaging in interdisciplinary practices it
was found that all parties built understandings and capacities in unexpected
and enriching ways. Tackling a real world challenge, such as
this, through the full spectrum of scientific, critical and creative means
results in multifaceted creative solutions and outputs with wide dissemination
opportunities.
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Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
McGann, S., Tye, M., Jancey, J., et al. (2013). Measuring, Mapping, Creating: a mixed method approach to sedentary behaviours and workplace design. Paper presented at the International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Hong Kong, 13-16 November, 2013.