Iain Butterworth

Urban Scholar

  • Healthy Cities and Communities; Population Health approaches
  • Liveability policy research, measurement and implementation
  • University-Community Engagement

Trained as a community psychologist, Dr Iain Butterworth has a strong interest in the interrelationship between urban design, planning, governance and well-being. Iain has 25 years’ experience in a range of sectors, including community development, government, higher education and consulting. Iain is currently National President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, and an honorary Associate Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Since 2010, Iain has worked with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and is currently the Manager of Population Health and Planning for East Division Health. The Team’s specific areas of expertise include population health, planning and implementation, collective impact, university-community partnerships, applied policy research, health promotion, liveability, workability, workforce development, active ageing, place-based approaches, strategic planning, program logic, project management, evaluation, partnership development, governance.

Iain has been involved in developing and implementing a number of government and education projects including the Department of Human Service’s Environments for Health, a Deakin University interdisciplinary post-graduate planning degree, the Department of Human Service’s Environments for Health planning framework, Victoria State Government’s Plan Melbourne and the University of Melbourne’s Place, Health, and Liveability policy research partnership.

In 2001, Iain’s doctoral dissertation on environmental adult education received the American Psychological Association’s Emory Cowen Dissertation Award for the Promotion of Wellness. In 2003-2004, Iain was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.

Iain is an Industry Partner and member of the Victorian Advisory Group for the CRE. In September 2016, a special edition of the Lancet on urban design, transport and health — which draws on the Place, Health, and Liveability policy research partnership — was launched at the United Nations in New York.