Edgar has backgrounds in cultural and economic geography, having received his Bachelor of Science (Applied Economic Geography) Hons I and PhD at UNSW Sydney. Prior to joining the Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory, he had over a decade’s experience at UNSW Sydney’s City Futures Research Centre, specialising in Australia’s social and affordable housing sector, housing estate renewal, multigenerational households, ageing in place, and energy poverty. He continues to hold an appointment as Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at City Futures Research Centre.
He is an Associate Editor with the open-access journal, Frontiers in Sustainable Cities (Urban Energy End-Use section). He has co-edited several books (Place and Placelessness Revisited, 2016, Routledge; Multigenerational Family Living, 2016, Routledge; Ageing in Place, 2020, Edward Elgar), and has received a commendation from the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) for cutting edge research and teaching.
Outside of academia, Edgar is a join team leader of OzHarvest’s community garden in the inner suburbs of Sydney.
What sparked your interest in health equity?
Having worked for more than a decade with many disadvantaged communities, Edgar has seen the first-hand impacts of unhealthy urban environments on people and their families. His research aims to inform governments and industry to minimise systemic inequalities to reduce these negative impacts.