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Dr Tracy Washington
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Civil Engineering and Built Environment,
Property and Planning
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - HDHS
Discipline *
Urban and Regional Planning
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PhD (Arizona State University), Master of Arts (California State University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Institute for Future Environments (IFE), Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities, Theme Leadership Team
  • Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), Health Determinants and  Health Systems (HDHS) Program, Member
  • Queensland University of Technology, Design Lab, “Change by Design”, Research Collaborator
  • International Society of Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH), Member
  • International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA), Member
  • National Wellness Institute, United States, International Representative
  • National Wellness Institute, Australia, Vice President
  • Bicycle Queensland, Member
  • Brisbane CBD Bicycle Users Group, Member
  • PedBikeTrans, Member

Current Funded Research Projects:


Active Transport, Active Living, Built Environments and Health, Parks, Cycling Infrastructure, e-bikes, Micro-mobility, Aging and Health, Evaluation, Health Promotion

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


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.

This information has been contributed by Dr Tracy Washington.


  • Urban Studies (USB100) Understanding the built environment
  • Urban Studies (UXB133) Demographic, economic, social and physical aspects of our cities to help understand the nature of cities we live in
  • Urban Studies (UXB330) Techniques in urban design and public space analysis to produce informed urban design strategies that respond to the social, economic, environmental and political context
  • Urban Studies (USB344) Capstone unit for the Property Economics degree. Draws together  theory, practice and property fundamentals
  • Urban Studies (UXH400-1 & 2, Part A & B) Capstone research project units. Part A, identification of  a research/ industry related issue or problem and preparation of a comprehensive, independent research/ project proposal. Part B, completion of proposed research/ project. The purpose of these units is to prepare you for your transition to the professional world and for further research study.
This information has been contributed by Dr Tracy Washington.


For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Intergenerational park design for active and engaged communities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year


Current supervisions

  • Evaluation of urban design standards for pedestrian pathways in the central commercial area of Riyadh
    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 Laurie Buys, Dr Desley Vine
  • Development and Implementation of a Health Promotion Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Behaviour among Male Office Workers in Saudi Arabia: The Slim (Sit Less, Impress and Motivate) Study
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kristiann Heesch, Professor Stewart Trost
  • Promoting Active Commuting to Increase Physical Activity Among Office Workers: A Social Cognitive Approach
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Kristiann Heesch
  • Preferences of Youth for Social Engagement in Neighbourhood-Parks
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Debra Cushing, Professor Laurie Buys

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)