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Bryan Boruff

Dr Bryan Boruff

Lecturer
UWA Oceans Institute

Contact details
Address
UWA Oceans Institute
The University of Western Australia (M004)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2700
Email
bryan.boruff@uwa.edu.au

Lecturer
Earth Sciences, School of

Contact details
Address
School of Earth Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M004)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2700
Email
bryan.boruff@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.segs.uwa.edu.au/boruff_cv

Lecturer
Regional Development, Centre for

Contact details
Address
Centre for Regional Development
The University of Western Australia (M004)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2700
Email
bryan.boruff@uwa.edu.au
Personal homepage
http://www.segs.uwa.edu.au/boruff_cv
Biography
Bryan’s expertise lay in the application of GIS and Remote Sensing technologies to the study of environmental hazards and disaster management. He has particular interests in the methodological development of risk and vulnerability assessments from a place based perspective. Recent, collaborations have expanded Bryan’s research to encompass a range of environmental management issues including renewable energy production, population health and rural development. He has extensive experience working in developing nations in a multidisciplinary settings with academic, private and government stakeholders.
Key research
methodological development of risk and vulnerability assessments for environmental hazards
spatial variability in human-environment relationships (over a range of topics including human health, renewable energy and natural hazards)
environmental management from a social ecological perspective
influence of the built environment on health outcomes
Publications
In Press:
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. The influence of urban design on neighborhood walking following residential relocation: Longitudinal results from the RESIDE study. Social Science & Medicine. (accepted – 25 October 2012).

Wood, L., Boruff, B., and Smith H. When disaster strikes… How communities cope and adapt: a social capital perspective. In: Social Capital: Theory, Measurement and Outcomes. Nova: New York. (accepted – July 2012).

Boruff, B.J., Nathan, A., and Nijënstein, S. Using GPS technology to (re)-examine operational definitions of ‘neighbourhood’ in place-based health research. International Journal of Health Geographics. (accepted – 27 June 2012).

Pereira, G., Foster, S., Martin, K., Christian, H., Boruff, B.J., and Knuiman, M. The association between neighborhood greenness and cardiovascular disease. BMC Public Health. (accepted – June 2012).

In Print:
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., B.J. Boruff, and S.L. Cutter. 2006. Delineating 100-year flood zones in the
absence of digital floodplain maps. Natural Hazard Review 8(1):1-12.

Cutter, S. L., C. T. Emrich, J. T. Mitchell, B. J. Boruff, M. Gall, M. C. Schmidtlein, C. G.
Burton, and G. Melton. 2006. The Long Road Home: Race, Class and Recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Environment 28(2):8-20.

Boruff, B.J., C. Emrich, and S.L. Cutter. 2005. Erosion hazard vulnerability of US
coastal counties. Journal of Coastal Research. 21(5):932-942.

Shoaf, K., V. Argothy, B. Boruff, L. Cubbin, and J. Miller. 2003. Chapter 9: Societal Impacts. in, Rodriguez-Marek, A. and C. Edwards. eds. Earthquake Spectra. Supplement A to Volume 19:155-165.

Cutter, S.L., B. J. Boruff, and W. L. Shirley, 2003. Social vulnerability to
environmental hazards. Social Sciences Quarterly. 84:242-261.

Boruff, B. J., J. A. Easoz, S. D. Jones, H. R. Landry, J. D. Mitchem, and S. L. Cutter,
2003. Tornado hazards in the United States. Climate Research. 24:103-117.
Funding received
Australian National Data Service $317,000(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.

Iraq Partnership Facility AusAID and Coffey International Development Pty Ltd $591,644.90(AUD); 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.

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.

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. and Tonts M. Site Options for Concentrated Solar Power Generation in the Wheatbelt. 2008.

University of Western Australia Research Grants Scheme, $13,000(AUD); 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-economicOverview 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-investigator Cutter, S.L. Measuring the social and biophysical vulnerability of small island nations. 2003-2004.
Memberships
Centre for the Biult Environment and Health, UWA
Oceans Institute, UWA
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facilities (NCCARF) network for Emergency Services and Disaster Management (core member)
MAPS-WA Executive Committee
Previous positions
National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, January 2006-2007 Pacific Disaster Center Kihei, Hawaii

Postdoctoral Research Associate, August 2005-December 2005, University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina
Teaching
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- Geographic Information System Applications
- Geographic Information Systems and Remote
Sensing
- Geographic Research Methods
- Geographic Field Methods
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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