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Natasha Howard

BHSc (Hons), PhD

  • 300 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
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Dr Howard is a Research Fellow situated within the Aboriginal Research Unit, University of South Australia and Affiliate Research Fellow, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Equity Theme, South Australian Health and Medical Research Insitute (SAHMRI).

Her training in social geography, public health and sciences has enabled a unique interdisciplinary perspective into research applications relevant for contemporary population health. In her research, she seeks to explore social issues through the lens of social institutional practice, including the health and education sectors, and across governmental and non-governmental organisations, and community networks. Notably, her interests lie in the questions related to the dynamic geographies of difference and inequality that are central to lived experiences.

Her work experience spans both the health and social sciences, applying mixed-method and interdisciplinary population approaches to investigate how the social determinants enable health and well-being among priority populations, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. She has expertise in (1) integrating geographical methodologies for applications relating to epidemiological analyses, (2) engaging with local community and state-based organisations to undertake participatory approaches with the health and social services workforce, and (3) developing classification systems for linking socio-environmental determinants of health measures to overarching theoretical constructs. In her role at Wardliparingga, she supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their pathways within the university system, medical and allied health placements, and school work experience programs.

Current research activities concentrate on how action-oriented population health interventions shape socio-environmental determinants of health across sectors (e.g., housing, education, social policy) and impact the experiences of people living with chronic conditions. Research projects include: “Predicting Renal, Ophthalmic, and Heart Events in the Aboriginal Community” (PROPHECY; GNT1086386 CIA-Brown), known to the community as the Aboriginal Diabetes Study, Cultural Pathways Program (Wyatt Trust) and “Understanding Stress and Staying Strong in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Human Services’ Workforce” (Lowitja Institute).

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor's Degree (Honours), University of Adelaide

PhD, University of Adelaide

External positions

University of South Australia


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine

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Research Output 2008 2018

  • 300 Citations
  • 11 h-Index
  • 26 Article
  • 1 Abstract
  • 1 Comment/debate
  • 1 Review article
2 Citations

Are Perceived and Objective Distances to Fresh Food and Physical Activity Resources Associated with Cardiometabolic Risk?

Baldock, K. L., Paquet, C., Howard, N. J., Coffee, N. T., Taylor, A. W. & Daniel, M. 29 Jan 2018 In : International journal of environmental research and public health. 15, 2

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Establishing a Demographic, Development and Environmental Geospatial Surveillance Platform in India: Planning and Implementation

Dixit, S., Arora, N. K., Rahman, A., Howard, N. J., Singh, R. K., Vaswani, M., Das, M. K., Ahmed, F., Mathur, P., Tandon, N., Dasgupta, R., Chaturvedi, S., Jethwaney, J., Dalpath, S., Prashad, R., Kumar, R., Gupta, R., Dube, L. & Daniel, M. 5 Oct 2018 In : JMIR public health and surveillance. 4, 4, p. e66

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Gender-specific associations between perceived and objective neighbourhood crime and metabolic syndrome

Baldock, K. L., Paquet, C., Howard, N. J., Coffee, N. T., Taylor, A. W. & Daniel, M. 2018 In : PloS one. 13, 7, p. e0201336

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

7 Citations

Illuminating the lifecourse of place in the longitudinal study of neighbourhoods and health

Lekkas, P., Paquet, C., Howard, N. J. & Daniel, M. Mar 2017 In : Social Science and Medicine. 177, p. 239-247 9 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewReview article


2012-2013 Australia-India Early Career Fellowship

Natasha Howard (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Other distinction

World Social Sciences Fellow

Natasha Howard (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other distinction