Welcome to the SPatial HEalth REsearch Lab &
CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Urban Interventions and Population Health


At SPHERE Lab, we conduct research to better understand how environments contribute to population health profiles. We develop tools and methods for collecting and analyzing data on individuals, mobilities and environments to better understand people-place interactions. We explore how urban environment interventions impact health and social health inequalities.


INTERACT Montreal is moving forward!

January 2018

We are meeting with several key players of the Montreal Sustainability Plan to move forward with the Montreal INTERACT project! Stay tuned for an upcoming concept mapping activity, to capture the collective view of a sustainable and healthy Montreal!

The Chair in Urban Intervention and Population Health present at IMGS 2017!

July 2017

We will be at the 2017 International Medical Geography Symposium to talk about how built environment context relates to active living and social networks among older adults. Presentations will talk about detected Hawthorn effect among participants wearing wearable sensors for daily mobility and physical activity tracking, and Social Network Analysis metrics of socio-spatial networks!  Link to : http://www.irdes.fr/imgs2017/program.htm

INTERACT in motion in Victoria!

may 2017

The recruitment of people who cycle at least once a month in Victoria has started! INTERACT has launched a five-year study to uncover how the implementation of Victoria’s All Ages and Abilities (AAA) Bike Network is impacting physical activity, social participation, and wellbeing – and whether these impacts are felt equally across different socioeconomic groups. We are currently recruiting adults who bike in Victoria to help us learn how the AAA Bike Network influences your cycling patterns and engagement in everyday city life. Participating is a rare opportunity to contribute to innovative research that will guide and inspire our cities to be healthier places for all Canadians. Sign up at http://www.teaminteract.ca/victoria

CIHR funds the Environment and Health INTERACT Team for five years

December 2016

The Environment and Health INTERACT intervention research project was funded by CIHR! Interventions to the built environment occuring in four Canadian cities (Victoria, Vancouver, Saskatoon, Montreal) will be studied as natural experiments. New population-based cohorts will be recruited, and online questionnaires and wearable sensors will be used to track changes in health behaviour and well-being. Project web page with more to come here!

The research Chair obtains a grant from the Quebec ministry of Familial affairs

December 2015

The Office for Seniors grants the Research Chair for a 3-year Research action project. This will be in collaboration with the TCAIM (Montreal Consultative Board of Seniors) and the local stakeholders. The objective is to monitor the daily mobility, physical activity and social participation of 100-150 seniors during 6 phases. Read more