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Bryan Boruff

Dr Bryan Boruff

Senior Lecturer
Agriculture and Environment, School of

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School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M004)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2700

Regional Development, Centre for

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Centre for Regional Development
The University of Western Australia (M004)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2700
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BA MA Flor.At., PhD S.Carolina
1.I am a Geographer and Senior Lecturer in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment at The University of Western Australia (UWA). My expertise lie in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing technologies to the study of environmental hazards. Early work focused on the methodological development of risk and vulnerability assessment techniques. Over the past decade, my research interests have expanded to encompass a range of environmental management issues including agricultural and renewable energy production, population health, sustainable livelihoods, urban and regional development, and development of spatially enabled eResearch tools.
- Hooper, P., Boruff, B., Beesley., B., Badland, B., and Giles-Corti, B., 2017. Testing spatial measures of public open space planning standards with walking and physical activity health outcomes: findings from the Australian National Liveability Study. Landscape and Urban Planning. (accepted 3 December 2017)
- Boruff, B.J., 2017. In the eye of the storm. In: Boufoy-Bastick, B., and Cook, L., (eds.), Annotated Research in the Caribbean. Champaign, USA: Common Grounds Publishing. (accepted April 2017)
- MacLachlan, A., Biggs, E., Roberts, G., Boruff, B., 2017. Urbanisation-induced Land Cover Temperature Dynamics for Sustainable Future Urban Heat Island Mitigation. Urban Science. 1(38), doi:10.3390/urbansci1040038.
- Christian, H., Ball, S., Zubrick, S.R., Brinkman, S., Turrell, G., Boruff B., Foster, S., 2017. Relationship between the neighbourhood built environment and early child development. Health and Place. 48:90-101.
- Christian, H., Knuiman, M., Divitini, M., Foster, S., Hooper, P., Boruff, B., Bull, F., and Giles-Corti, B., 2017. A Longitudinal Analysis of the Influence of the Neighborhood Environment on Recreational Walking within the Neighborhood: Results from RESIDE. Environmental Health Perspectives, 125(7). DOI:10.1289/EHP823.
- Nguyen, N., Boruff, B., Tonts, M., 2017. Mining, Development and Well-being in Vietnam: A Comparative Analysis. Extractive Industries and Society, 4(3): 564-575.
- MacLachlan, A.C., Biggs, E., Roberts, G.J., and Boruff, B.J., 2017. Sub-pixel land cover classification for improved urban area estimates using Landsat. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 38(20): 5763–5792.
- Cao, Y., Boruff, B.J., and McNeill, I.M., 2017. The smoke is rising but where is the fire?: exploring effective online map design for wildfire warnings, Natural Hazards. DOI 10.1007/s11069-017-2929-9.
- MacLachlan, A.C., Biggs, E.; Roberts, G.J., and Boruff, B.J., 2017. Urban Growth Dynamics in Perth, Western Australia: Using Applied Remote Sensing for Sustainable Future Planning. Land, 6(9).
- Cao, Y., Boruff, B.J., and McNeill, I.M., 2017. Towards personalised public warnings: harnessing technological advancements to promote better individual decision-making in the face of disasters. International Journal of Digital Earth, DOI:10.1080/17538947.2017.1302007
- Pauli, N. and Boruff, B., 2016. Natural Environments, Ecosystem Services and Green Infrastructure: Planning for Perth’s ‘Green’ Matrix. In: Biermann, D. Olaru and V. Paül. (Eds). Planning Boomtown and Beyond. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing (Forthcoming), ISBN: 978-1-74258-908-4.
- Cao, Y., Boruff, B.J., and McNeill, I.M., 2016. Is a picture worth a thousand words? Evaluating the effectiveness of maps for delivering wild fire warning information. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 19:179–196.
- Cao, Y., Boruff, B.J., and McNeill, I.M. 2016. Defining Household Preparedness for Active Defence against Wildfires: Building Consensus across Australia. Natural Hazards Review, 17(1): 04015021.
- Biggs, E.M., Bruce, E., Boruff, B., Duncan, J.M.A., Pauli, N., Horsley, J., McNeill, K., Neef, A., Van Ogtrop, F., Curnow, J., Haworth, B.J., Duce, S., Imanari., Y. V. 2015. Sustainable development and the water-energy-food nexus: a perspective on livelihoods. Environmental Science & Policy, 54: 389–397.
- Trapp, G.S.A., Hickling, S., Christian, H.E., Bull, F., Timperio, A.F., Boruff, B., Shrestha, D., and Giles-Corti, B. 2015. Individual, Social, and Environmental Correlates of Healthy and Unhealthy Eating. Health Education & Behavior. (DOI: 10.1177/1090198115578750).
- Boruff, B.J., Moheimani, N.R., Borowitzka, M.A. Optimum locations for Industrial-scale Microalgae Biofuel Production in Western Australia: a GIS Approach. Applied Energy, 149:379-391.
- Christian, H., Zubrick, S.R., Sarah, F., Giles-Corti, B., Bull, F., Wood, L., Knuiman, M., Brinkman, S., Houghton, S., and Boruff, B. 2015. The influence of the neighborhood physical environment on early child health and development: A review and call for research. Health and Place, 33:25-36.
- Giles-Corti, B., Macaulay, G., Middleton, N., Boruff, B., Bull, F., Butterworth, I., Badland, H., Mavoa, S., Roberts, R., Christian, H. 2014. Developing a research and practice tool to measure walkability: A demonstration project, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 25:160–166. (winner: Australian Health Promotion Association Ray James award 2015)
- Giles-Corti, B., Badland, H., Mavoa, S., Turrell, G., Bull, F., Boruff, B., Pettit, C., Redman, S., Bauman, A., Hooper, P., Villanueva, K., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, W., Learnihan, V., Collett, J., Hurni, A., Thackway, S., and Miller, J. 2014. Reconnecting urban planning with preventive public health policy: The development and validation of national liveability indicators associated with chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes Public Health Research & Practice, 25(1):e2511405.
- Biggs, E. M., Boruff, B., Bruce, E., Duncan, J. M. A., Haworth, B. J., Duce, S., Horsley, J., Curnow, J., Neef, A., McNeill, K., Pauli, N., Van Ogtrop, F., Imanari, Y. 2014. Environmental livelihood security in Southeast Asia and Oceania: a water-energy-food-livelihoods nexus approach for spatially assessing change. White paper. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). 114p. doi: 10.5337/2014.231
- Cao, Y., Boruff, B.J., McNeill, I.M., 2013. “Should I stay or should I go?” defining the preparatory conditions in support of active defence for different fire danger ratings. Proceedings from the Australaian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council. Sept. 2-5, Melbourne. Found at:
- Giles-Corti., B., Macaulay, G., Middleton, N., Boruff, B., Whitzman, C., Bull, F., Butterworth, I., Badland, H., Mavoa, S., and Roberts, R. 2013. Development and trial of an automated, open source walkability index tool through the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network’s open source portal. Proceedings from the State of Australian Cities National Conference. Nov. 26-29 Sydney. Found at:
- Wood, L., Boruff, B., and Smith H. 2013. When disaster strikes… How communities cope and adapt: a social capital perspective. In: Social Capital: Theory, Measurement and Outcomes. Nova: New York.
- Pereira, G., Christian, H., Foster, S., Boruff, B., Bull, F., Knuiman, M., and Giles-Corti, B. 2013. The association between neighborhood greenness and weight status: An observational study in Perth Western Australia. Environmental Health,12:49. (highly accessed)
- Villanueva, V., Pereira, G., Knuiman, M., Bull, F., Wood, L., Christian, H., Foster, S., Boruff, B., Beesley, B., Hickey, S., Sarah Joyce, Dick Saarloos and Billie Giles-Corti. 2013. A Linked Data Study of the Impact of the Built Environment on Health across the Life Course: Rationale, Research Design and Methods. BMJ Open, 3:1-11.
- Edwards, N., Hooper, P., Trapp, G., Bull, F., Boruff. B. and Giles-Corti, B. 2013. Development of a Desktop Auditing Public Open Space Tool (POST): POSDAT. Applied Geography, 38:22-30.
- Giles-Corti, B., Bull, F., Knuiman, M., McCormack, M., Van Niel, K., Timperio, A., Christian, H., Foster, S., Divitini, M., Middleton, N., and Boruff, B., 2013. The influence of urban design on neighborhood walking following residential relocation: Longitudinal results from the RESIDE study. Social Science & Medicine, 77:20-30. (most cited paper in SSM 2013-2015)
- Pereira, G., Foster, S., Martin, K., Christian, H., Boruff, B.J., and Knuiman, M., 2012. The association between neighborhood greenness and cardiovascular disease. BMC Public Health.12:466.
- Boruff, B.J., Nathan, A., and Nijënstein, S., 2012. Using GPS technology to (re)-examine operational definitions of ‘neighbourhood’ in place-based health research. International Journal of Health Geographics. 11(22):1-14. (highly accessed)
- Smith, H. and Boruff, B.J., 2011. Recovery from the storm: Resilience and the role of community capital in long-term disaster recovery in regional Western Australia. Proceedings from the State of Australian Cities National Conference. Nov. 29 – Dec. 2. Melbourne, Australia.
- Boruff, B.J. and Nathan, A., 2011. Where, how far, and at what speed? The use of geospatial technologies in measuring and characterizing physical activity in behavioural health research. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Digital Earth, Aug. 23-25. Science Press: Beijing.
- Vong Sok, V., Boruff, B.J., and Morrison-Saunders, A. 2011. Addressing Climate Change through Environmental Impact Assessment: International Perspectives from a Survey of IAIA Members. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. 29(4):317-325.
- Clifton, J., Boruff, B. 2010. Assessing the potential for concentrated solar power development in rural Australia. Energy Policy 38(9):5272-5280.
- Boruff, B.J. and S.L. Cutter. 2007. The environmental vulnerability of Caribbean island nations. Geographical Review. 97(1):24–45.
- Gall, M., Boruff, B.J. and Cutter, S.L. 2007. Delineating 100-year flood zones in the absence of digital floodplain maps. Natural Hazard Review 8(1):1-12.
- Cutter, S. L., Emrich, C. T., Mitchell, J. T., Boruff, B. J., Gall, M., Schmidtlein, M. C., Burton, C. G., and Melton, G. 2006. The Long Road Home: Race, Class and Recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Environment 28(2):8-20.
- Boruff, B.J., Emrich, C. and Cutter, S.L. 2005. Erosion hazard vulnerability of US coastal counties. Journal of Coastal Research. 21(5):932-942. (3rd most most viewed article)
- Shoaf, K., Argothy, V., Boruff, B., Cubbin, L. and Miller, J. 2003. Chapter 9: Societal Impacts. in, Rodriguez-Marek, A. and Edwards, C. eds. Earthquake Spectra. Supplement A to Volume 19:155-165.
- Cutter, S.L., Boruff, B. J. and Shirley, W. L. 2003. Social vulnerability to environmental hazards. Social Sciences Quarterly. 84:242-261.
- Boruff, B. J., Easoz, J. A., Jones, S. D., Landry, H. R., Mitchem, J. D. and Cutter, S. L. 2003. Tornado hazards in the United States. Climate Research. 24(2):103-117.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Course Coordinator, Masters of Geographic Information Science
Funding received
- Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products (CRC-HBP) $684,500(AUD); co-investigators Boruff, B., Callow, N., Mouat, C., Pauli, N., Biggs, E., and Setterfield, S. Understanding the environmental drivers of flora distribution, honey bee product production, and hive management in Western Australian Bee Industry. 2017-2022.
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) $1,600,000(AUD); co-investigators Biggs, E., Bruce, E., Boruff, B., Wales, N., Duncan, J., Thu, P.M., Elder, M., Neef, A. Climate-smart landscapes for promoting sustainability of Pacific Island agricultural systems 2017-2021.
- Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) $147,771(AUD); co-investigators Amati, M., Phelan, K., Kaspar, J., Fairman, T., Boruff, B., Saunders, A., and Caccetta, P. Where should all the trees go? Investigating the impact of tree canopy cover on socioeconomicstatus and wellbeing in LGA’s. 2016-2017.
- Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) $74,019(AUD); co-investigators Christian, H., Rosenberg, M., Lester, L., Trapp, G., Maitland, C., Thornton, A., Schipperijn, J., Trost, S., and Boruff, B. Effectiveness of Childcare centre programs and environmental upgrades to increase young children's physical activity. 2017-2018.
- Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) $249,486(AUD); co-investigators Biggs, E., Bruce, E., Boruff, B., and Wales, N. Environmental livelihood security for climate-smart landscapes; a preliminary investigation for informing agricultural policy in the South Pacific. 2016-2017.
- WA Department of Regional Development $168,981(AUD); co-investigators Flatau, P., Boruff, B., Wood, L., and Zaretzky, K. Data analysis and business intelligence. 2016.
- National Environmental Science Program (NESP) $1,776,582(AUD); co-investigators Hobbs, R., Boruff, B., and Heyworth, J. Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub. 2015-2021.
- PACE-Net Plus Seed-funding €9994(Euro); co-investigators Bruce, E., van Ogtrop, F., Biggs, E., Price, H., Wales, N., Weber, E., Neef, A., and Boruff, B. The Role of Geospatial Information for Assessing Environmental Livelihood Security in the South Pacific. 2015-2016.
UWA Research Collaboration Award $16,000(AUD); co-investigators Pauli, N., Boruff, B., Horsley, J., Neef, A., and McNeill., K. Risk, resilience and recovery: A participatory approach to integrating local and scientific knowledge for disaster preparedness of communities in flood-prone catchments in Fiji. 2016.
- Telethon Kids Institute $9998(AUD); co-investigators Christian, H., Wheeler, A., Trapp, G., Callan, A., Boruff, B., Heyworth, J., Larcombe, A., Pereira, G., Zhang, B., Franklin, P., and Eikelboom, R. Exposure to Green Space: Impacts on Youth Health. 2015-2016.
- Asia Pacific Network $130,000(USD): co-investigators Neef, A., Limalevu, L., Weber, E., Touch, S., Sok, V., van Ogtrop, F., Bruce, E., Duce, S., Boruff, B.J., Horsley, J., Pauli, N., Biggs, E.M., Duncan, J.M.A., and McNeill, K. Climate Change Adaptation in Post-Disaster Recovery Processes: Flood-Affected Communities in Cambodia and Fiji. 2015-2017.
- Grains Research and Development Corporation $1,999,604(AUD); co-investigators Crimp, S., Biddulph, B., Leske, B., Flower, K., Jones, H., Chapman, S., Zheng, B., Callow, N., Boruff, B., Kokic, P., Jin, W., Hayman, P., Faulkner, M., Faulkner, D., Rebbeck, M., Nidumolu, U., Gobbett, D., Gallant, J., Barlow, K., O’Leary, G., and McLean, T. Spatial temperature measurement and mapping tools to assist growers, advisors and extension specialists manage frost risk at farm scale. 2016-2019.
- Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) $359,634(AUD): co-investigators Christian, H., Rosenberg, M., Zubrick, S., Trost, S., Schipperijn, J., Maitland, C., Trapp, G., associate investigators Boruff, B., Powell, J. Supportive childcare environments for physical activity in the early years. 2015-2017.
- The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre $640,535(AUD): co-investigators Giles-Corti. B., Turrell, G., Bull, F., Boruff, B., Pettit, C., Bauman, A., Redman, S. (systems investigators Collett, J., Hurni, A., Miller, J., Thackway, S.). Reconnecting urban planning with health: The development and validation of national liveability indicators associated with chronic disease risk factors and health outcomes. 2014-2016.
- World Universities Network $25,200(AUD): co-investigators Biggs, E., Boruff, B., Bruce, E. A spatial framework for assessing environmental livelihood security. 2014.
- City of Canning $42,240(AUD): co-investigators Lanfear, D., Bull, F., Hooper, P. and Boruff, B. Preparation of Public Open Space Strategy. 2014.
University of Western Australia $3,000(AUD): co-investigators Boruff, B., Abbott, L., Leopold, M., and - Blache, D. Assessing new innovations in geospatial data capture and access to enhance the use of UWA’s Future Farm in teaching and research. 2014.
- National Health and Medical Research Council, Centre of Research Excellence $2,499,061(AUD): chief investigators Giles-Corti, B., Turrell, G., Bull, F., Whitzman, C., Washington, S., Sugiyama, T., Shiell, A., Veerman., J., Knuiman., M. and Kavanagh, A; associate investigators Barnett, A., Boruff., B., Eagleson, S., Lamb, K., Tonts, M. What cost-effective built environment interventions would create healthy, liveable and equitable communities in Australia? 2013-2017.
- Grains Research and Development Corporation $44,000(AUD); co-investigators Flower, K., Boruff, B., and Nansen, C. Proof of concept – remote sensing of frost-induced stress in wheat paddock. 2013-2014.
- Australian National Data Service $250,000(AUD); co-investigators Bull, F., Boruff, B., Wood, L., and Hooper, P. POSITVE PLACES: spatial analysis of public open space. 2012.
- Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network $299,919(AUD); co-investigators Giles-Corti, B., Boruff, B., Bull, F., Whitzman, C., and Butterworth., I. Development and trial of an automated open source walkability tool. 2012-2013.
- Iraq Partnership Facility AusAID and Coffey International Development Pty Ltd $591,644.90(AUD); chief investigator Boruff, B. GIS and Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications. 2011.
- Centre for Research into Energy for Sustainable Transport $132,097(AUD); co-investigators Borowitzka, M., Boruff, B.J., Moheimani, N., and Clifton, J. Identification of the optimum sites for industrial-scale microalgae biofuel production in WA using a GIS model. 2011-2012.
- Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway), $323,668(AUD); co-investigators Giles-Corti, B., Saarloos, D., Knuiman, M., Boruff, B.J., Zubrick, S., Wood, L. Long-term follow-up of Liveable Neighbourhoods: research into practice. The built environment & health - associations across the life course. 2010-2012.
- Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway), $750,000(AUD); co-investigators Giles-Corti, B., Knuiman, M., Boruff, B.J., Bull, F., Wood, L., Hickling, S., Christian, H., and Shilton, T. The impact of neighbourhoods and other settings on physical activity and other health outcomes: A longitudinal study. 2010-2014.
- Wheatbelt Regional Development Scheme, $28,466(AUD); co-investigators Clifton, J., Boruff, B., and Tonts M. Site Options for Concentrated Solar Power Generation in the Wheatbelt. 2008.
- University of Western Australia Research Grants Scheme, $13,000(AUD); chief investigator Boruff, B. Temporal economic implications of environmental hazards in Western Australia communities: examining socio-economic indicators for recovery modeling. 2007.
- Australian Department of Environment and Water Resources, $41,500(AUD); co-investigators Tonts, M., Clifton, J., and Boruff B. An analysis of the marine industries of the North West marine region. 2007.
- Australian Department of Environment and Water Resources, $28,992(AUD); co-investigators Tonts, M. Clifton, J., Boruff, B., and Elrick, C. A Socio-economic Overview in the North-west Marine Region. 2007.
- University of South Carolina Coastal Resiliency Information Systems Initiative for the
Southeast, $25,000(USD); co-investigators Cutter, S.L., Mitchell, J.T., and Boruff, B.J. Predicted vs. observed social vulnerability of coastal residents: hurricane Katrina impacts in Mississippi and Alabama. 2005.
- National Geographic Society. $26,493(USD); co-investigators Boruff, B.J., and Cutter, S.L. Measuring the social and biophysical vulnerability of small island nations. 2003-2004.
Honours and awards
- Western Australian Spatial Excellence Award – Education Development 2016, Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI)
- Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) - Award for Research 2014, POSITVE PLACES: spatial analysis of public open space.
- Parks and Leisure Australia (WA) - Award for Use of Technology 2014, POSITVE PLACES: spatial analysis of public open space.
- Planning Institute of Australia (WA) - Best Planning Idea: Big Project Award 2013, POSITVE PLACES: spatial analysis of public open space.
Previous positions
- Lecturer, University of Western Australia, 2007- 2015.
- National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pacific Disaster Center, 2006-2007.
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of South Carolina, 2005.

GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and REmote Sensing
ENVT4411 Geographic Information System Applications
ENVT5504 GIS for the Built Environment
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