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Associate Professor Ben Beck is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and Head of Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (SPHPM) at Monash University.

Ben works at the intersection of transport, public health and climate change. He is an internationally renowned leader in active transport research, especially in relation to bike riding. He established and leads an interdisciplinary program of research that brings together experts in public health, urban and transport planning, engineering, complex systems science, behaviour change and road safety to advance the safety, accessibility and equity of active mobility. Ben’s program of research is underpinned by developing world-leading data systems, cutting-edge methods and data-driven solutions, and partnering with government, industry, not-for-profit organisations and the community to untap the potential of active transport to transform population and planetary health.

Ben is an invited member on key national and international policy committees, including the United Nations ‘Green and Healthy Sustainable Transport Taskforce’. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and technical reports, secured more than $14 million of research funding and won international awards for his research. As an engineer working in a School of Public Health, Ben prides himself on his ability to bring together international leaders across a breadth of fields and disciplines to solve complex local and global problems in partnership with government and non-government organisations. His work has directly informed transport and safety policy in Australia and internationally.

Ben is driven by a passion to create safe, healthy, equitable and sustainable environments for all.

Find out more about the Sustainable Mobility and Safety Research Group.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Road Safety, PhD, Optimising protection for motor vehicle rear seat occupants, University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Award Date: 17 Dec 2012

Biomedical Engineering, BE (Biomedical) (Hons), University of Melbourne

Award Date: 31 Dec 2008

Research area keywords

  • Injury
  • Transport
  • Cycling
  • Trauma
  • Prevention
  • Public health
  • Sustainability
  • Road Safety

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