Manoj is currently pursuing his PhD in the field of Built Environment and Health under the supervision of Professor Takemi Sugiyama. His PhD thesis is entitled “Longitudinal Relationships between Built Environment and Health Outcome Changes with Mediating Effects of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour”.
Globally, the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD), e.g., cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and some cancers, is growing. The environment where people live and work is associated with this growth. There is limited evidence about the ways in which the built environment influences the NCD health outcomes. Manoj’s PhD thesis will examine the role of built environmental design in adults’ health by linking the health and behavioural data from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study with objectively measured Geographical Information System (GIS) data. This research program is a part of NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Healthy, Liveable and Equitable Communities. Manoj is co-supervised by Professor Gavin Turrell of IHA and Professor Billie Giles-Corti and Professor Anne Kavanagh who are both from University of Melbourne and Chief Investigators of CRE.
Manoj holds an M.Phil. research degree in Statistics from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He also worked as a Statistics lecturer at Sri Lankan Universities from 2008-2015. Manoj, who recently moved to Melbourne from Sri Lanka, is the first international PhD student of IHA. He has a strong background in Statistics, and is currently interested in research areas involving the built environment, active living and health.