Danielle Taylor

Dr Danielle Taylor

NHMRC Grant-Funded Researcher B

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Danielle Taylor is a health geographer at the University of Adelaide, with experience in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for health research. She is an Associate Investigator with the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing, which is an international and interdisciplinary centre based at the University of Adelaide.

She has a PhD in Geography (2014) and a MA in Spatial Information Science (2002), both from The University of Adelaide. Her PhD research investigated temporal trends and spatial patterns in birthweight variation, and in particular, looked at the influence of socio-economic and contextual variables and their association with birthweight. From 2017 to 2020 she held a Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship, which investigated the influence of environmental factors, as enablers or barriers to healthy ageing, developing the Healthy Ageing/ Vulnerable ENvironment (HAVEN) Index. The HAVEN Index measures the spatial variation in age-friendliness of local areas and aims to aid better planning to make healthy age-friendly local areas. She has also led the development of the interactive Frailty Web Map, which maps the current and projected future geographical distribution of frailty across Australia.

Her research interests include the application of spatial technology to: health geography; the social and spatial determinants of health; accessibility analysis; healthy ageing; demography; improving strategic service planning and resource allocation. Since commencing work at The University of Adelaide in 1998, with GISCA, the National Key Centre for Social Applications of GIS, she has been involved with many GIS consultancies and research projects, including having a major role in the development of the Accessibility/ Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) and ARIA+, which is the basis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Remoteness Areas Classification. She has also led the development of Metropolitan ARIA (MetroARIA) a metropolitan accessibility index for Australian capital cities.



  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 - 2021 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2020 THRF Mid-Career Research Fellow University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2022 Award Geographical Research Wiley Best Paper Prize 2021 The University of Adelaide Australia -
    2020 Award Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Place Award Institute of Australian Geographers Australia -
    2017 Fellowship The Hospital Research Foundation Mid-Career Fellow The University of Adelaide - Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research - $420,000
    2004 Award PhD Divisional Scholarship The University of Adelaide - -
    2003 Award Spatial Research and Development - Student Award South Australian Spatial Sciences Association Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide Australia Masters of Spatial Information Science
    University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Geography) Honours

2015 - 2016 University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund - $28,000 Dr Danielle Taylor, Professor Michael Davies, Professor Vivienne Moore, Associate Professor Geoff Morgan New insight into adverse birth outcomes: Bringing together clinical understanding and spatial, social and environmental context

2015-2020 NHMRC Centre For Research Excellence. $2,301169.40. CI: Visvanathan R, Karnon J, Kitson A, Beilby J, Cameron I, Bell S, Chehade M, Feist H. AI: Taylor D, Morley J, Rockwood K, Cesari M, Theou O,Yu S, Schultz T. Frailty Trans-Disciplinary Research To Achieve Healthy Ageing.

  • Position: NHMRC Grant-Funded Researcher B
  • Phone: 81334016
  • Email: danielle.taylor@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: RAH - Basil Hetzel Institute, floor G
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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