ABOUT

The CHATR lab is interested in how community design impacts the way people get around and connect with each other.

MISSION

We work together with communities to understand the intersection of population health, urban environments, transportation and safety, producing evidence to support practice, policy, and programs.

VISION

We envision a future where all Canadians have access to environments that are safe, enjoyable, and inclusive — where getting around contributes to active lifestyles, vibrant city culture, sustainable natural spaces, and health and well-being for all.

FOCUS AREAS

  • Active transportation
  • Urban form and healthy built environments
  • Road safety
  • Social connections and well-being
  • Equity
  • Public policy
  • Crowd-sourced data and citizen science

METHODOLOGY

  • Administrative data
  • Population-based surveys
  • Natural experiments: “how much benefit” and “for whom”
  • Focused primary data collection (intercept surveys, personal-activity sensors)
  • Qualitative (focus groups, interviews)
  • Observational research
  • Spatial analysis and GIScience