Dr Tracy Washington

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PhD (Arizona State University), Master of Arts (California State University)

Dr Tracy Sherwood Washington is a lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning, School of Civil Engineering Built Environment in the faculty of Science and Engineering at QUT. Tracy is an Exercise Physiologist with research interests in the built environment and health outcomes. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on policy and enhancing the ways in which environments support active and healthy living. Her current research includes an Australian Research Council Linkage grant evaluating physical activity levels and park design in the Moreton Bay region. Additional projects include investigating active transport interventions and the uptake of e-bikes as a mode of transport and a means to improve health and well-being.

QUT is conducting ground-breaking transport research, with transdisciplinary expertise across science and engineering, health and business. We work with national and international industry and government partners to solve real world transport problems. Our researchers specialise in public transport planning and operations, intelligent transport systems, traffic engineering, transport planning, driver behaviour and transport infrastructure asset management. QUT is also home to the Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) whose research informs government policy and legislation to reduce road trauma. QUT’s Institute for Future Environments is conducting research studying the road environment and activity patterns of cyclists to reduce crashes; and identifying the motivators and barriers to electric bike (e-bike) use to support and encourage uptake in Queensland.


Additional information

Intergenerational park design for active and engaged communities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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  • Relationship between the Walking Environmental Qualities and Perceptions in the context of Walkability and Urban Design
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Debra Cushing
  • Multifarious Behaviours of Adults Within Neighbourhood Park Settings
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Debra Cushing
  • How do the residential circumstances of older people affect their role in sustaining communities?
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Elinor Buys, Dr Desley Vine
  • Promoting Active Commuting to Increase Physical Activity Among Office Workers: A Social Cognitive Approach
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kristi Heesch
  • Preferences of Youth for Social Engagement in Neighbourhood-Parks
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Debra Cushing, Professor Elinor Buys