Team effort recognised with RICS award

We are thrilled to announce that our own Dr Doug Boddy, was part of the Research and Consultancy Team of the Year as recently announced by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

AWARDS-NIGHT-64The team of Drs Doug Boddy of MWH, now part of Stantec, Kelvin Walls of Building Code Consultants Ltd, and Mikael Boulic of Massey University was awarded for their research paper The Built Environment—A Missing ‘Cause of the Causes’ of Non-Communicable Diseases.

‘This opportunity arose when Dr Walls became aware of the published research of Pearce et al. (2014)¹  relating to the World Health Organisation’s view that Non-Communicable AWARDS-NIGHT-62Diseases (NCDs) are limited to a few lifestyle factors,’ says Dr Boddy in explaining the origins of their paper.

‘Pearce et al. (2014) make the point that the ‘missing causes’ of NCDs need to be given much greater attention. We framed our approach ² around the idea that the built environment is also a key ‘missing cause’ of NCDs, thereby extending the concerns expressed by Pearce et al. (2014).’

‘Working with such a great team was an experience to remember,’ continued Senior Environmental Scientist Dr Boddy. ‘Most of our collaboration was either by phone or over email with only a few face-to-face meetings. However, we all worked so well together that I can’t wait to start our next joint research project.’

The Research and Consultancy Team of the Year award acknowledges teams, consultancies, academic institutions and agencies responsible for engaging in research projects associated with the built environment and recognises research excellence involving the residential and commercial property sector.

RICS is a global body, which accredits 125,000 members, enforcing professional qualifications and standards in development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Its annual awards, judged by an impartial panel of industry experts, this year received record entries from across New Zealand.

You can read the abstract and download the full paper on the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health website.


¹     Pearce, N.; et al. The road to 25 × 25: How can the five-target strategy reach its goal? Lancet Global Health 2014, 2, e126–e128.