New HEAL Study Examines How Changes in Provincial Policy on Vape Marketing Impacted the Distribution of Vaping Advertisements Near Secondary Schools in London, Ontario

On January 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario passed a regulation banning vaping advertisements by retailers, apart from specialty vape shops. A motivation for this ban was to limit youth exposure to vaping...

Update on the SmartAPPetite Project

SmartAPPetite is a collaborative project of the Human Environments Analysis Lab that promotes, smarter, healthier eating and strengthens the local food system in Ontario, Canada by using smartphone technology...

Update on the FRESHER Project

The FRESHER (Food Retail Environment Study for Health & Economic Resiliency) project has served an important role to document and record the trials and tribulations of the food retail and hospitality...

HEAL Alumni Profile: Malcolm Little

Malcolm Little share his work, research, and graduate experience with the HEAL. Malcolm started in the HEAL in 2018 as a Masters student supervised by Dr. Jason Gilliland. He worked on the (STEAM) project...

Malcolm Little Successfully Defends His MSc Thesis

The HEAL would like to congratulate Malcolm Little who successfully defended his thesis under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland in 2020.Malcolm Little successfully defended his MSc thesis titled ....

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The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary research and training environment based at Western University which specializes in the production, evaluation, synthesis, dissemination and mobilization of evidence to support effective policies, programs and professional practice aimed at creating healthy and vibrant communities.

HEAL faculty and students come from various academic disciplines, including geography, sociology, urban planning, engineering, landscape architecture, health sciences, epidemiology & biostatistics, neurosciences, paediatrics, and food and nutritional sciences.

We specialize in applications of geographic information science (GIS) for addressing critical planning and public health issues. We also specialize in community-based research and strive to build authentic and mutually-beneficial partnerships with local community organizations, especially non-profits and charities.

Our Mission 

The HEAL develops and connects highly-skilled researchers to create, disseminate, and mobilize knowledge for making healthy, thriving communities.

How Neighbourhood Food Environments and a Pay-as-You-Throw (PAYT) Waste Program Impact Household Food Waste Disposal in the City of Toronto

van der Werf, P., Larsen, K., Seabrook, J.A., & Gilliland, J.

Examining Factors of Accelerometer‐Measured Sedentary Time in a Sample of Rural Canadian Children

Button, B, Martin, G, Clark, A, Graat, M, Gilliland, J.

Measuring temporal differences in rural Canadian children’s moderate to vigorous physical activity

Button, B.L.G, Clark, A.F., Martin, G., Graat, M., & Gilliland, J.A.