Climate change and human health

Research Opportunity
PhD students
Number of Honour Places Available
Department / Centre
Centre for Health Equity
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Kathryn Bowen 0407299053 Personal web page

Summary This project is an opportunity for a PhD student to develop and refine an area of research broadly encompassing issues relating to climate change and human health - vulnerabilities, impacts and responses.

Project Details

The PhD project will be in the broad area of climate change and human health. The primary supervisor of the PhD will be Professor Kathryn Bowen who has a joint position at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and Melbourne Climate Futures (Deputy Director - Knowledge Translation and Impact). The project will be interdisciplinary in nature, and have a focus on one or more of the following areas (and others can also be considered):

  1. Equity, climate change and health
  2. Nature-based Solutions and climate change and health
  3. Policy responses to climate change and health
  4. Understanding climate resilient development and its pathways
  5. Community-based adaptation and mitigation
  6. Pathways to impact for climate change and health knowledge and evidence

The context of the PhD can be Australian or global, and all aspects of climate change and human health will be considered. The PhD candidate will be part of the Melbourne Climate Futures Doctoral Academy, which aims to strengthen and support interdisciplinary scholarship focused on climate change across the University.

Melbourne Climate Futures is an initiative which builds on decades of University research in a diverse range of areas. From climate change impacts in the Pacific to environmental politics on the global stage, energy futures and bushfire resilience to better global health outcomes, Melbourne Climate Futures brings researchers from different academic backgrounds together to develop practical outcomes for the challenges ahead. We empower the next generation of researchers and students to strive for a sustainable climate future, and work alongside the University itself to ensure the institution is a world leader in decarbonisation.

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Faculty Research Themes

Cancer, Child Health, Infection and Immunology, Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health, Data science, health metrics and disease modeling, Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care, Screening and early detection of disease

Research Opportunities

PhD students
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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