Dr. Hipp's research, teaching, and service are grounded in the theories and scholarship of
environmental health, and
social work and the inherent transdiscipline investigation of people-in-environment. His novel interests and approach lie with how place, specifically public built environments, affect people-environment interaction. His research asks how public built environments (
streets) assist in the promotion and/or
constraint of healthy community behaviors and health outcomes.
His teaching in Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Health, Public Health and the Built Environment, and Research Methods focuses on local to global case studies, methodologies, and application of material to advance student pedagogy. Much of his course work uses a
community-based learning model of applying in-class knowledge and skills to real-world challenges and opportunities.
Dr. Hipp is currently the faculty advisor of the
Environmental Justice Initiative and Advocacy and Learning in Public Health Action, as well as on the
Student Sustainability Fund committee. He serves on the
Alliance for Biking and Waking Open Streets Project Steering Committee, co-chair of the
Nature and Ecology Network in the Environmental Design Research Association, and is on the board of
Perennial, a St. Louis social enterprise that works with diverse populations to creatively reuse and repurpose furnishings and eco-friendly goods.