Michael Keall

Michael Keall is an injury epidemiologist in the Department of Public Health. His current research interests include exposure assessment for housing, roads and vehicles, and travel behaviour. He is managing major research projects looking at the potential to reduce fall injuries in homes by fixing hazards in the home and the development of a housing quality index suited to New Zealand housing. Housing quality is thought to have a major impact on health and safety, but tends to be overlooked when the quality cannot be measured in a meaningful way. Michael has had a long involvement in the development of the New Zealand Travel Survey, which doubles as an exposure assessment instrument for informing road safety policy and as a tool to identify patterns of travel, particularly those that contribute to health issues such as obesity and global warming.

Michael Keall’s research focuses on health and environmental impacts of the transport system, particularly from the point of view of active travel (walking and cycling). He also conducts research in areas including road injury prevention and falls prevention in the home.

Michael is a lead researcher in the Resilient Urban Futures programme, in particular the ACTIVE study, an evaluation of cycling and walking infrastructure and encouragement in two local authorities.

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Key publications

  1. He Kāinga Oranga: reflections on 25 years of measuring the improved health, wellbeing and sustainability of healthier housing.
    Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand,
  2. Shaw, C. MacBride-Stewart, S. Wild, K. Reeves, D. Bentley, R.
    Beyond the bicycle: Seeing the context of the gender gap in cycling.
    Journal of Transport & Health
    18, 100871.
  3. Hopkins, D. Coppell, K. Sandretto, S. Garcia Bengoechea, E. Spence, J. … Mandic, S.
    Implications of attending the closest school on adolescents’ physical activity and car travel in Dunedin, New Zealand.
    Journal of Transport & Health
    18, 100900. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2020.100900
  4. Ingham, T. Jones, B. Aldridge, D. Latimer, M. Dowell, A. Draper, J. Bailey, L. Stanley, T. Leadbitter, P.
    Damp mouldy housing and early childhood hospital admissions for acute respiratory infection: a case control study.
    74, 849-857.
  5. Lessons learned from implementing a programme of home modifications to prevent falls amongst the general population.
  6. Why New Zealand transport policy needs to encourage walking and cycling.
    In L Early & P Howden-Chapman (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities.
    (pp.107-114). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.
  7. Abrahamse, W. Muggeridge, D. Beetham, J. Grams, M.
    Increasing active travel: results of a quasi-experimental pre-post study of an intervention to encourage walking and cycling.
    Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health