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Mark Daker

Sch Natural & Built Environments

Telephone: +618 830 2 2529

Email: mark.daker@mymail.unisa.edu.au


About me


Extensive industry experience in amenity horticulture, landscape design and construction: England, France, Belgium and Australia.

Professional horticulturist, project manager and urban planner 


Research experience utilising geographical information systems (GIS) to develop and validate spatial datasets representing public open spaces and food retail outlets within South Australia

GIS Researcher 


Thesis


Public open space policy, supply and population health: a study of metropolitan Adelaide

The research builds on previous research that developed, validated and analysed a public open space (POS) spatial dataset for metropolitan Adelaide. (Daker, M, Pieters, J & Coffee, NT 2016, 'Validating and measuring public open space is not a walk in the park', Australian Planner, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 143-151.). This research encompasses mixed methods research; quantitative and qualitative, with the objective to determine the appropriateness of POS policy and supply standards within a study area of metropolitan Adelaide. A component of the research involved interviews with urban/open planners in local and state government and private planning consultants, to obtain critical opinions on the application of a POS supply measure and any recognition of connectivity with population health. Then investigates the South Australian POS supply standard when applied to selected spatial units (Suburb, Postcode and Local Government Area), to determine if there are uneven distributions in residential areas with different population and dwelling densities and whether current POS measures represent a valid measure of POS

Moreover, are there associations with population health outcomes; an assertion that has been made by previous researchers often without validation. In conclusion, the research questions will provide valuable data on the understanding of associations between POS policy and supply and population health. Also, it will question the relevance of POS supply standards and potentially present a revised approach to POS policy and supply. 


Research publications


Daker, M, Pieters, J & Coffee, NT 2016, 'Validating and measuring public open space is not a walk in the park', Australian Planner, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 143-151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2016.1139605.


Associations


Planning Institute of Australia

Parks and Leisure Australia

Australian Institute of Urban Studies South Australia