Deepti Adlakha


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PhD, Brown School, Prevention Research Centre, Washington University in St. Louis, United States, 2016

Master of Urban Design (MUD), Washington University in St. Louis, United States, 2011

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai, India, 2007

Research Interests

Dr. Adlakha's research focuses on generating, translating and scaling up evidence for reducing environmental health and social disparities, particularly factors affecting prevention, control and mitigation of chronic and acute non-communicable diseases in populations. Her interests lie in understanding relationships between the built environment and health; documenting and improving geospatial health disparities; and using and improving measures to quantify obesity-related behaviors (physical activity, diet) and relevant exposures (social and built environment) using GIS, accelerometry, GPS, geostatistical approaches, and other new technologies.

Dr. Adlakha's scholarly interests bridge five broad areas:

  1. Healthy Places: Understanding the impact of the design of cities, outdoor public spaces, and streets on health and well-being.
  2. Active Living: Studying characteristics of walkable environments and influences on health behaviours (physical activity, recreation), travel decisions, and commuting mode choices.
  3. Sustainable Lifestyles: Promoting the proactive designing of environments that nudge people to make healthier selections while still retaining freedom of choice. 
  4. Urban Transformations: Interventions and strategies to provide equitable access to urban infrastructure, amenities and services (e.g., affordable housing, clean water, food, improved hygiene and sanitation).
  5. Big Data and Emerging Technologies: Novel technological approaches and Big Data applications to measure and track human behaviours.


Dr. Adlakha has delivered a range of interdisciplinary courses spanning urban design, environmental planning and public health. Her list of taught courses include Transdisciplinary Problem-Solving—From the Inside-Out: Public Health and the Built Environment, Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Grassroots Approaches to Designing Healthy Communities and Neighborhoods.

She currently teaches the following courses:

  1. Design Principles in the Built Environment (BSc Planning, Environment and Development)
  2. Comparative Planning Studies (BSc Planning, Environment and Development)
  3. Spatial Literacy in Design (MSc City Planning and Design)
  4. Independent Research Projects/ Work-based Studies in European Planning Practice (MPlan European Planning)

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Projects 2016 2019

Research Output 2006 2019

Burned Out: Workplace Policies and Practices Can Tackle Occupational Burnout

Adlakha, D., 19 Sep 2019, In : Workplace health & Safety.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
International Classification of Diseases
Health Promotion

The nexus between air pollution, green infrastructure and human health

Kumar, P., Druckman, A., Gallagher, J., Gatersleben, B., Allison, S., Eisenman, T. S., Hoang, U., Hama, S., Tiwari, A., Sharma, A., Abhijith, KV., Adlakha, D., McNabola, A., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Skeldon, A. C., de Lusignan, S. & Morawska, L., 29 Oct 2019, In : Environment International. 133, Part A, 14 p., 105181.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
atmospheric pollution
air quality
pollution exposure

Brief Standing Desk Intervention to Reduce Sedentary Behavior at a Physical Activity Conference in 2016

Wilson, J. J., Adlakha, D., Cunningham, C., Best, P., Cardwell, C. R., Stephenson, A., Murphy, M. H. & Tully, M., Sep 2018, In : American Journal of Public Health. 108, 9, p. 1197–1199 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Randomized Controlled Trials
Age Groups
2 Citations (Scopus)

Exploring Neighbourhood Environments and Active Commuting in Chennai, India

Adlakha, D., Hipp, J. A., Sallis, J. F. & Brownson, R. C., 26 Aug 2018, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15, 9, 15 p., 1840.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Odds Ratio


Brown School International Dissertation Grant

Deepti Adlakha (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Fulbright-Nehru Masters Fellowship for Leadership Development 2009-2011

Deepti Adlakha (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Open Space Graduate Research Scholarship, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Deepti Adlakha (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Activities 2012 2019

Jenny Fisher

Deepti Adlakha (Host)
22 Oct 201923 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Jenny Fisher

Deepti Adlakha (Host)
23 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

2019 Active Living Conference

Deepti Adlakha (Participant)
17 Feb 201920 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Guest Lecture - Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Deepti Adlakha (Lecturer)
09 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Rebecca Lawthom

Deepti Adlakha (Host)
22 Oct 201923 Oct 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

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