Prof. Kevin Leyden PhD
Kevin M. Leyden
Invited Presentations and Lectures (examples)
Climate Change Legislation Update & Discussion” Invited Presentation to the Industries of the Future - West Virginia. Theme: Energy Efficiency. Charleston Marriott, Charleston, WV, November 19, 2008.
Quality of Life & Sustainable Planning: The Interconnections between Urban Design, Transport, Citizenship and Health. Invited Presentation at the Eisenhower Foundation’s Spring Fellowships Conference. Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal Ireland. April, 18-20, 2008
Bias, Thomas K., Kevin M. Leyden, Bill Reger-Nash, Jay E. Maddock, and Adrian Bauman. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Active Living Conference. “Changing Attitudes of Policymakers Using Public Health Interventions: Survey Instrument and Test-Retest Reliability.” Poster Presentation. April 11, 2008.
Sustainable Land-Use and Transportation Planning: Why Community Planning Affects Quality of Life.” Invited Presentation to Government officials at Qingdao Administrative College. Qingdao, China. January 25th, 2008
Quality of Life, Happiness and the Importance of Social and Community Connections.” Invited Presentation to the Second International Conference of the Global Metropolitan Forum of Seoul and The National Academy of Sciences. Shilla Hotel, Seoul, Korea. January 18-19, 2008.
Community Design, Transportation, Citizenship, and Health.” Invited Presentation at the American Institute of Architects West Virginia Chapter Meeting. The Embassy Suites Hotel. Charleston, WV. November 16, 2007.
Understanding Creative Workers: The Importance of Community and a Sense of Place.” Invited Presentation at the Create West Virginia Conference. Stonewall Jackson Resort. Roanoke, WV. November 12-14, 2007.
Sustainable Planning: The Interconnections between Urban Design, Transport, Citizenship and Health.” Invited Presentation at the International Conference on Public Transport and Urban Citizenship at The Policy Institute of Trinity College, Dublin. September 21, 2007.
Citizenship, Participation, and the Built Environment: Toward a Democratic Theory of the Neighborhood” presented at The Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Chicago, August 31, 2007.
Planning Healthy Communities.” Presented at Irish Planning Institute’s National Planning Conference: Towards Sustainable Urban & Rural Communities. The New Park Hotel, Kilkenny, Ireland. April 19-20, 2007.
Invited Speaker, RGDATA Members’ Summit. “Local Shops = Stronger Local Communities” February 19th, 2007. Croke Park Stadium, Dublin Ireland.One of several featured speakers including the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie Ahern.
Community Design, Land-Use Planning, and Citizen Well-Being: Comparing the Quality of Life in New York City with Other International Cities.” Presented at Assessing Happiness and Competitiveness of World Major Metropolises. Sponsored by The National Academy of Science, Republic of Korea and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. January 19th, 2007. Seoul, South Korea.
Housing Quality, Neighborhoods and Health.” Presentation with LARES World Health Organization Research Team. Symposium: WHO Activities on Housing and Health. Presented at the 5th International Conference on Urban Health. Amsterdam, October 25-28, 2006.
Neighborhoods, Housing and Health: Findings from the LARES Study of Eight European Cities. Poster for the International Conference on Environmental Epidemiology & Exposure. Paris, France. September 2-6, 2006.
Towards a Sustainable Transport System” Keynote Presentation at Towards Sustainability in the National Development Plan 2007-2013. Comhar National Conference for the Development of the 2007-2013 National Development Plan for the Republic of Ireland. Davenport Hotel, Dublin, Ireland, October 4-6, 2006.
Neighborhoods and Health: Findings from the LARES Study of Eight European Cities. Active Living Research/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Annual Conference. February 16-18, 2006 in Coronado, California.
What Makes Sustainable Communities: US and Irish Evidence.” FEASTA Workshop entitled: Planning for the Future Now: Building Sustainable Local Communities.” September 21-22, 2005 at the Mont Clare Hotel , Dublin, Ireland. (This workshop was accredited by Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland)
Why Community Design Matters.” Invited Presentation to The American Institute of Architects -- Virginia and West Virginia Chapters. June 24-25, 2005. The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Neighborhoods and Health: Why Where We Lives Matters.” Presentation to The Second Annual World Health Organization’s International Housing & Health Symposium, September 29-October 1, 2004 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Linkages between Community Design, Social Capital, and Health” First Annual New Urbanism and Beyond Conference” October 4-8, 2004 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Neighborhoods, Housing, and Health: Where We Live Matters.” Poster to the American Public Health Association. November 6-10, 2004 in Washington DC.
The Built Environment and Civic Engagement: How Community Design Affects Democracy” Presented at the 39th International Making Cities Livable Conference, Sarasota, Florida, March 15-19th, 2004.
Neighborhood Design, Political Participation and Social Capital” presented at The Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts, August 29-September 1, 2002.
Keynote Speaker. An Taisce, The National Trust of Ireland. National Conference: Planning for Communities, Saturday, November 9th 2002 Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland. I was interviewed by two radio stations in Dublin as well
Invited Speaker, 2002 Conference of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association. Topic: Social Capital, Civic Engagement & the Power of Planning. October 6-9, 2002. San Diego, California
Invited Speaker, Presentation to the Royal Town Planning Institute, Irish Branch. Dublin, Ireland, June 6th, 2002.
Invited Participant: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Invited along with about 15 other scholars and practitioners to assist in the development of a research agenda examining health, land-use, transportation and planning. Atlanta, Georgia, May 28th, 2002.
Invited Speaker, The 1st Annual New Partners of Smart Growth Conference: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities. San Diego, January 24-26, 2002.
Neighborhood Design, Political Participation and Social Capital” presented at The Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts, August29-September 1, 2002.
Media Pieces and Mentions (examples)
Recorded and Live Interviews: BBC 4: You and Yours. Cars and Community. Interviewed live and in Morgantown, WV by BBC 4 reporters. October 22, 2003.
Interview for West Virginia Public Radio. Dateline West Virginia. Sprawl and Community Health. October 29th, 2003.
Live Interview: Today with Pat Kenny. September 3, 2003. Live National Broadcast on RTE 1 Radio, Ireland discussing my article in the American Journal of Public Health.
Interview for The State We’re In: Transport in Crisis, a six week series on RTE Radio Ireland. The program is hosted by Irish Times Environmental Editor, Frank McDonnell. My segment was broadcast nationally on September 9, 2003..
Speaker. Building Better Neighborhoods. East End Neighborhood Conference, Charleston WV, November 14, 2002.
Guest Panelist, Whatever Gets You Through with Muriel Gray. BB4. International Broadcast from the United Kingdom. The Topic was Community & Social Capital. September, 14, 2001.
Guest Interview, The Jerry Ryan Show, 2FM, May 22, 2001. National Radio Broadcast in the Republic of Ireland. Subject: Neighborhood Design and Social Capital in Ireland.
Guest Interview, After Dark with Rodney Rice. RTE1. May 24, 2001. National Radio Broadcast in the Republic of Ireland. Subject: Neighborhood Design and Social Capital in Ireland. Discussion with the John Fitzgerald, the City Manager of Dublin, Ireland.
Additional Appointments, Research Affiliations & External Academic Assignments
Research Affiliate, Energy Efficiency Team, National Research Center for Coal & Energy (2008-Present)
Fellow, Global Metropolitan Forum, Seoul, Korea (2008-Present)
Visiting Faculty Fellowship, National University of Ireland, Galway (2001)
Invited Researcher, World Health Organization (2004-Present). Large Analysis and Review of European Housing and Health Status (LARES)
Extern Examiner, National University of Ireland 2002-05
Director, Institute for Public Affairs (2005-Present) West Virginia University
Coordinator, Center for the Advancement of Leadership Skills, 2009 (with WVU, Council of State Governments and Southern Legislative Conference)
Director, Local Government Leadership Academy (2004-Present)
Editor, Public Affairs Reporter (2004-Present)
Research Grants/Service Grants
E.I. du Pont de Nemours Co/Brookmar, Inc. Grant to Evaluate Court Ordered C8 Environmental and Health remediation project in Parkersburg, WV and to host data from project. $575,510 (2006-2008). Co-Investigator. Web Page: http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/cmed/c8/index.asp (partial description of projects). Brief Description: Commonly referred to as C8, ammonium perfluorooctanoate and its derivative salts are used by the Du Pont chemical company to aid in the production of non-stick and protective fluoropolymers such as TEFLON, Scotchguard, and Gore-Tex. C8 has been discovered in the water supply of communities near the Du Pont Chemical plant located outside of Parkersburg, WV. A C8 Health Project was conducted between August 2005 - July 2006 by Brookmar Inc., as part of the settlement agreement reached in the case of Leach v. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., No. 01C-608 (W. Va., Wood County Cir. Ct. filed Apr. 10, 2002). Over 69,000 residents provided blood samples that are currently being analyzed to determine whether C8 is associated with human disease in the Parkersburg area. WVU researchers are involved in many aspects of this effort including an examination of the perceptions of affected residents and the health effects of the entire C8 Health Project. This research project is expected to produce many publications including those that focus upon health and environmental policy issues.
West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. “West Virginia Mass Evacuation Modeling and Simulation Platform Project.” $374,675. (2007-2008). Co-Investigator.
The Environmental Protection Agency of the Republic of Ireland. The Grant is entitled “Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes.” $131,435. (2005-2006). Co-Investigator. Brief Description: This project systematically examines the decision process used to build new roads in the Republic of Ireland. The team’s primary focus was on the Environmental Impact Assessment process and making recommendations for its improvement. The final report for this project is under review at the EPA.
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.
|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]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|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]|
|Khoo, S. & Leyden, K (2009) 'Heritage, Sustainability, and Healthy Communities: Thinking about the Future Today' Heritage Outlook Winter 2009-Spring 2010 :32-37. [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]|
|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]|
|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]|
|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.|