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Climate Change and Health Intervention Working Group

Our Climate Change and Health Intervention Group at HIGH conducts research climate change adaptation tools and mitigation strategies for vulnerable populations. This focus leverages the interdisciplinary approach the Group employs, with scientists and communities working closely together to deploy, test and analyze cutting edge, low-cost technologies in the field and in the lab.


We test novel climate change adaptation/mitigation interventions using experimental and quasi-experimental methods, to show how they affect health, environmental and economic outcomes in populations.


Our cool roofs project quantifies the impacts of sunlight-reflecting roof coatings on human health in the global south in communities long overlooked in this kind of research, yet highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Funded by DFG.

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Technology-based solutions can play a very important role in supporting the transition to healthier and more sustainable dietary behaviours at the micro and meso-levels of food systems. The goal of WP5 is to design novel technology-based solutions, scale solutions and evaluate the causal impact of existing technologies for promoting the transitions to healthier and more sustainable diets, particularly in vulnerable groups. These solutions will be tested for both individuals and communities. Funded by Horizon Europe.

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Understanding how temperature impacts health problems is key for preventing heat-related deaths and illnesses, particularly in high-risk groups such as the elderly, children and those who are pregnant. We apply randomized control trials and other analyses to assess climate-sensitive mortality and morbidity outcomes among vulnerable populations in the global south.

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We investigate the health co-benefits and unintended consequences of climate adaptation and mitigation policies by simulating the impacts of these policies outside of the health sector on projected health risks of vector-borne diseases in the context of intervention scenarios. Funded by Horizon Europe.

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We leverage our expertise in executing housing-health intervention trials to conduct a global multi-centre study of cool-roof effectiveness on health (environmental and economic) outcomes in four urban LMICs – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (sub-Saharan Africa); Ahmedabad, India (Asia); Niue (Oceania); and Sonora, Mexico (Latin America). Our trials will test the reproducibility of results globally and quantify whether cool roofs are an effective passive home cooling intervention with beneficial health effects for vulnerable populations. Funded by Wellcome Trust.

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