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Prof. Kevin Leyden PhD
Kevin M. Leyden is a Professor of Political Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He also serves as Co-Director of the Creative, Liveable and Sustainable Communities Cluster of the Whitaker Institute. He was previously the Director of West Virginia University’s Institute for Public Affairs and an Honorary Research Professor of Social Science & Public Policy at the Whitaker Institute.
Kevin's research interests include:
COST: Awarded February 2013 (approximately 350,000)
The ability to attain such information and understand the effects of planning decisions, would enable a better solution be put in place that will profoundly impact the way communities are designed at a global level.
West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety: 2007-2008 ($374,675)
The Environmental Protection Agency of the Republic of Ireland: 2005-2006 ($131,435)
Monongalia County Health Department and West Virginia University. West Virginia Walks. Public health intervention and evaluation of a media based walking campaign based in North Central West Virginia. $150,000 plus. (2005-2006) Co-Investigator. Brief Description: WV Walks was a socio-ecological public health intervention designed to promote 30+ minutes of daily walking among insufficiently active 40- to 65-year olds. Pre- and post-surveys of the public and policymakers were used to assess the campaign’s effectiveness.
DHHS/PHS/CDC/National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “Promoting Public Health Research and Education through the Institute for Public Affairs.” $13,128 (2004-2005)
Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Development Office. “Encouraging Leadership II: Recruiting Newly Elected Public Officials to Attend the Local Government Leadership Academy.” $10,000 (2007)
Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Development Office. “Encouraging Leadership: Recruiting Newly Elected Public Officials to Attend the Local Government Leadership Academy.” $10,000 (2006)
Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Development Office. “Pro-Active Planning for the Future: Strategic Retreat for ARC Distressed County Leaders and Local Government Leadership Academy. $7,000 (2006)
Appalachian Regional Commission and the West Virginia Development Office. “New Leaders Program as part of the bi-annual Local Government Leadership Academy.” The program will work to enhance the leadership skills of college students from distressed counties in West Virginia. $10,000 (2005)
Alliance for Excellent Education. Study on the relationship between High School Drop-outs and Incarceration. $4,500. Principal Investigator. (2005).
RRI/College Special Research Assignment (SRA) Award: Examining the Linkages between Neighborhood Design, Social Capital, and Health: Survey Design and Pre-test Principal Investigator. $10,000 (2004-2005)
Canadian Studies Faculty Research Grant 2002-2003. Canadian Embassy. Topic: Community Planning in Canada. Co-Investigator. US$14,904
Research Grant, Eberly College of Arts & Sciences. West Virginia University. 2001. Topic: The Politics of the American Landscape: Community Planning, Real Estate, and Land Use Policy. $6,095.29 Co-Investigator.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Hogan, M.J.; Leyden, K.; Conway, R.; Walsh, D. (2014) 'Understanding what makes cities liveable for younger and older adults: happiness in five cities'. Psychology And Aging, . [Details]|
|Hogan, M; Johnston, H; Broome, B; Mc Moreland, C; Walsh, J; Smale, B; Duggan, J; Andriessen, J; Leyden, KM et al. (2014) 'Consulting with citizens in the design of wellbeing measures and policies'. Social Indicators Research, . [Details]|
|Goldberg, A. Leyden, Kevin M., and T.J. Scotto. 2012. (2012) 'Untangling What Make Cities Livable: Happiness in Five Cities'. Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers: Urban Design and Planning, 165 :127-136. [Details]|
|Gebel K., Reger-Nash, B., Leyden, K. and Bauman, A. (2011) 'Does the environment moderate the impact of a mass media campaign to promote walking?'. American Journal Of Health Promotion, . [Details]|
|Reger-Nash, B., Bauman, A., Smith, B.J., Craig, C.L., Abildso, C. and Leyden, K. (2011) 'Organizing an Effective Communitywide Physical Activity Campaign: A Step-by Step Guide'. Health and Fitness, . [Details]|
|Leyden, KM,Goldberg, A,Michelbach, P (2011) 'Understanding the Pursuit of Happiness in Ten Major Cities'. Urban Affairs Review, 47 :861-888. [DOI] [Details]|
|de Nazelle, A,Nieuwenhuijsen, MJ,Anto, JM,Brauer, M,Briggs, D,Braun-Fahrlander, C,Cavill, N,Cooper, AR,Desqueyroux, H,Fruin, S,Hoek, G,Panis, LI,Janssen, N,Jerrett, M,Joffe, M,Andersen, ZJ,van Kempen, E,Kingham, S,Kubesch, N,Leyden, KM,Marshall, JD,Matamala, J,Mellios, G,Mendez, M,Nassif, H,Ogilvie, D,Peiro, R,Perez, K,Rabl, A,Ragettli, M,Rodriguez, D,Rojas, D,Ruiz, P,Sallis, JF,Terwoert, J,Toussaint, JF,Tuomisto, J,Zuurbier, M,Lebret, E (2011) 'Improving health through policies that promote active travel: A review of evidence to support integrated health impact assessment'. Environment International, 37 :766-777. [DOI] [Details]|
|Leyden, K., Goldberg, A. and Duval, R.D. (2011) '“The Built Environment, Maintenance of the Public Sphere and Connections to Others and to Place: An Examination of 10 International Cities”'. Journal of Urbanism, 4 (1):25-38. [Details]|
|Bias, TK,Leyden, KM,Abildso, CG,Reger-Nash, B,Bauman, A (2010) 'The importance of being parsimonious: Reliability of a brief community walkability assessment instrument'. Health & Place, 16 :755-758. [DOI] [Details]|
|Maddock, J.E., Ahedo, A., Jokura, Y., Reger-Nash, B., Leyden, K., and Bias, T. (2009) 'Public Health Policy Priorities among Decision Makers in Hawaii'. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6 :386-360. [Details]|
|Frisbee, S.J., Brooks, A.P., Maher, A., Flensborg, P., Arnold, S., Fletcher, T., Steenland, K., Shankar, A., Knox, S.S., Pollard, C., Halverson, J.A., Vieira, V.M., Jin. C., Leyden, K., and Ducatman, A. (2009) 'The C8 Health Project: Design, Methods, and Participants'. Environmental Health Perspectives, 117 (12):1873-1882. [Details]|
|Wiltshire, T.L., Mogami, T., Leyden, K. and Maeta, M. (2008) 'Guided Discussion and Activities in English for Future Health Professionals: Relationships between Nursing and Community Design'. Yonago Acta Medica, 51 :89-94. [Details]|
|Reger-Nash, B., Bauman, A., Cooper, L., Chey, T., Simon, K.J., Brann, M., and Leyden, K (2008) 'WV Walks: replication with expanded reach'. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5 :19-27. [Details]|
|Leyden, K., Reger-Nash, B., Bauman, A. and Bias, T. (2008) 'Changing the Hearts & Minds of Policymakers. An Exploratory Study Associated with the West Virginia Walks Campaign'. American Journal Of Health Promotion, 22 :204-207. [Details]|
|Frederick, J.T., Steinman, L.E., Prohaska, T., Satariano, W.A., Leyden, K., et al. (2007) 'Community-based Treatment of Late Life Depression - and Expert Panel Informed Literature Review'. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 33 :175-268. [Details]|
|Bias, T.K., Brisbin, R.A. and Leyden, K. (2006) 'Citizen Evaluations of West Virginia Government: Stability and Change, 1992 to 2005'. The West Virginia Public Affairs Reporter, 23 (1). [Details]|
|Leyden, K. (2003) 'Social Capital and the Built Environment: The Importance of Walkable Neighborhoods'. American Journal Of Public Health, 93 :1546-1551. [Details]|
|Royed, T.J., Leyden, K. and Borrelli, S.A. (2003) 'More Smoke, No Substance: Palmer and Whitten’s Defense Fails'. British Journal Of Political Science, 33 :160-162. [Details]|
|Royed, T.J., Leyden, K. and Borrelli, S.A. (2003) 'Seeing through Smoke and Mirrors: A Response to Palmer and Whitten'. British Journal Of Political Science, 33 :150-158. [Details]|
|Royed, T.J., Leyden, K., and Borrelli, S.A. (2001) 'Is ‘Clarity of Responsibility’ Important for Economic Voting? Revisiting Powell and Whitten’s Hypothesis'. British Journal Of Political Science, 30 :669-698. [Details]|
|Smith, D.A., Leyden, K., and Borrelli, S.A. (1998) 'Predicting the Outcomes of Presidential Commissions: Evidence from the Johnson and Nixon Years'. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 28 :269-85. [Details]|
|Hunter, S. and Leyden, K. (1996) 'Beyond NIMBY: Opposition to Hazardous Waste Facilities'. Policy Studies Journal, 23 (4):601-619. [Details]|
|Leyden, K. and Borrelli, S.A. (1995) 'The Effect of State Economic Conditions on Gubernatorial Elections: Does Unified Government Make a Difference?'. Political Research Quarterly, 48 (2):275-290. [Details]|
|Leyden, K. (1995) 'Interest Group Resources and Testimony at Congressional Hearings'. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 20 (3):431-439. [Details]|
|Leyden, K. and Borrelli. S.A. (1994) 'An Investment in Goodwill: Party Contributions and Party Unity in the 1980s'. American Politics Quarterly, 22 (4):421-452. [Details]|
|Leyden, K. and Borrelli, S.A. (1990) 'Party Contributions and Party Unity: Can Loyalty Be Bought?'. Western Political Quarterly, 43 (2):343-365. [Details]|
|Miller, A.H., Hildreth, A., Leyden, K. and Wlezien, C. (1988) 'Judging By The Company Candidates Keep: What's A Democrat to Do?'. Public Opinion, 11 (2). [Details]|
|Leyden KM; Lewis-Beck, MS (2014) 'The Irish Economic Voter: The ‘Quiet Man’ Speaks' In: Michael Marsh, Gail McElroy, and David Farrell (eds). TITLE. UK: Oxford University Press. [Details]|
|Leyden, KM; Goldberg, A (2014) 'How the built environment affects social capital at the community level' In: John M. Halstead and Steven C. Deller (eds). Social Capital at the Community Level: An Applied Interdisciplinary Perspective. Routledge. [Details]|
|Brisbin, R.A.; Hunter, S. and Leyden, K. (2010) 'The Limits of Kelo: Bureaucratic Legality and Adversarial Conflict in Land Use Regulation' In: Property Rights and Neo-liberalism: Cultural Demands and Legal Actions. Surrey, UK: Ashgate. [Details]|
|Leyden, K. and Michelbach, P. (2008) 'Democracy and Neighborly Communities: Some Theoretical Considerations on the Built Environment' In: Tigran Hass (eds). New Urbanism and Beyond. New York and London: Rizzoli. [Details]|
|Borrelli, S.A. and Leyden, K. (1994) 'After the Election: Explaining Party Leadership Involvement Among House Freshmen' In: Daniel M. Shea and John C. Green (eds). The State of the Parties: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Parties. USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. [Details]|
|Collins, P, Cunningham, J., Leyden, K. (2011) Economic Impact Assessment: The Creative Sector in the Western Region - Future Growth Trajectories. Western Development Commission, Roscommon, Ireland. [ARAN Link] [Details]|
|Healy, D., Douthwaite, R., Leyden, K., Farrell, K. and Lumley, I. et al. (2010) Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes in Ireland, Environmental Protection Agency (of Ireland). Report [Details]|
|Douthwaite, R., Healy, D. and Leyden, K. (2007) Towards a Sustainable Transport System, Expert Briefing Paper published in Comhar: Towards Sustainability in the National Development Plan 2007-2013.(Republic of Ireland). Report [Details]|
|Leyden, KM; Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L (2013) 'Heritage, Planning, and Health: the benefits of good planning practice' The eZine of the Heritage Council . [Details]|
|Khoo, S. & Leyden, K (2009) 'Heritage, Sustainability, and Healthy Communities: Thinking about the Future Today' Heritage Outlook Winter 2009-Spring 2010 :32-37. [Details]|
|Leyden, K. (2003) The Health Consequences of Irish Sprawl and Car Dependency, The Irish Times. Newspaper Articles [Details]|
|Leyden, K.n (2001) Urban Sprawl Not the Social Way, The Irish Times. Newspaper Articles [Details]|
|Leyden, KM and Lorraine Fitzsimons D’Arcy. (2012) “Heritage, Planning, and Health: the benefits of good planning practice. ANET/COS [Details]|
|Leyden, K (2014) Why Local Shops are Important to Local Communities. [Invited Oral Presentation], Counter Revolution: Ireland’s First Rural Community Retail Conference, Horse & Jockey, Co. Tipperary , 21-MAR-14 - 21-MAR-14.|
|Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L.; Leyden, K; Woods, C (2014) The practical implementation and transferability of ‘Walkability’ as a concept; considerations for Active Living Research. [Oral Presentation], Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, USA , 08-MAR-14 - 08-MAR-14.|
|Leyden, K (2014) contributor. [Invited Oral Presentation], A public discussion of the future of Salthill, Galway Business School , 12-MAY-14 - 12-MAY-14.|
|Leyden, K (2014) Cities and Happiness: Places, Spaces, Art & the City. [Invited Oral Presentation], Galway International Arts Festival, NUI Galway , 19-JUL-14 - 19-JUL-14.|
|Leyden, K M; Lewis-Beck, M S (2013) THE IRISH ECONOMIC VOTER: A CONTINUING SEARCH (PRELIMINARY RESULTS). [Oral Presentation], Political Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 18-OCT-13 - 20-OCT-13.|
|Leyden, K (2013) People Friendly Cities: The Interconnections between Urban Design, Public Policy, and Happiness: European & International Perspectives. [Invited Oral Presentation], Cost Action: People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World. Joint Management Committee & Working Group Meeting, Trinity College Dublin , 01-JUL-13 - 02-JUL-13.|
|Leyden, K (2013) Common Ground: A Discussion of Creativity and the use of Public Spaces. [Invited Oral Presentation], Galway Arts Festival, Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway , 21-JUL-13 - 21-JUL-13.|
|Leyden, K (2013) Sustainable Infrastructure proposals for Galway: During the recession and into the future. Creating a Sustainable Infrastructure in Harmony with our Rich Environment. [Invited Oral Presentation], Galway 2040, Aula Maxima, NUI Galway , 27-SEP-13 - 27-SEP-13.|
|various (2013) Irish Social Sciences Platform conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], People, Policy, Places and the Economy: Advancing Ireland through Research and Outreach, NUI Galway , 19-SEP-13 - 20-SEP-13.|
|Leyden, K (2013) Social Capital and the Built Environment: Unleashing the Community Spirit. [Keynote Address], Dream to Dare: Game-Changing Communities Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana , 03-DEC-13 - 04-DEC-13.|
|Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L; Leyden, K; Woods, C (2013) Preliminary findings of the Cleaner, Greener, Leaner (CGL) Study on the influence of the neighbourhood environment on walking and transport behaviours. [Oral Presentation], ENVIRON 2013. The 23rd Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway , 30-JAN-13 - 31-JAN-13.|
|Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L; Leyden, K; Woods, C (2013) Applying multi-disciplinary walkability criteria to area selection for the Cleaner, Greener, Leaner (CGL) study ENVIRON 2013. [Oral Presentation], The 23rd Irish Environmental Researchers' Colloquium, Ryan Institute, NUI Galway , 30-JAN-13 - 31-JAN-13.|
|Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L; Leyden, K; Woods, C (2013) Cleaner, Greener, Leaner (CGL) Study preliminary findings: the role of planning policy, socio-economics and neighbourhood characteristics on perceived walkability, walking and transport behaviours. [Oral Presentation], 9th Annual Meeting and Symposium of HEPA Europe, Helsinki, Finland , 21-OCT-13 - 24-OCT-13.|
|Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L; Leyden, K; Woods, C (2013) Identifying high and low walkable neighbourhoods using multi-disciplinary walkability criteria. [Oral Presentation], 4th Annual Conference of the Irish Transport Research Network, Trinity College Dublin , 05-SEP-13 - 06-SEP-13.|
|Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L.; Leyden, K; Woods, C (2012) Discrepancies in professional understanding of the term walkability. [Poster Presentation], 8th Annual Meeting and Symposium of HEPA Europe, Cardiff, Wales , 26-SEP-12 - 26-SEP-12.|
|Fitzsimons D’Arcy, L.;Leyden, K; Woods, C (2012) Applying a socio-spatial recall methodology to investigate professional considerations relating to walkability. [Oral Presentation], 8th Annual Meeting and Symposium of HEPA Europe, Cardiff, Wales , 26-SEP-12 - 26-SEP-12.|
|Leyden, K; Lipps, B (2012) City X-Changes: Smart & Liveable Cities Knowledge Broker. [Other], Concept Development of the European Science Foundation/Horizon2020, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO5sQnJax4o , 12-NOV-12 - 12-NOV-12.|
|Fitzsimons, L., Nelson, N., Leyden, K., Wickham J. and Woods, C.B. (2010) Walkability Means What, To Whom? Difficulties and Challenges in Defining Walkability. [Conference Paper], Irish Transport Research Network, University College Dublin, Ireland , 31-AUG-10 - 01-SEP-10.|