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Dr. sc. hum. Aditi Bunker


Post doctoral researcher

Aditi Bunker’s primary interest is in testing the effectiveness of climate change adaptation interventions in vulnerable communities. Through establishing public-private partnerships with industry leaders, she is currently heading a randomized controlled trial investigating how cool-roof technologies affect population health, environmental and economic outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh, Aditi is part of a team awarded a Million Cool Roof Challenge grant assessing how roofing technologies play a role in reducing the burden of indoor heat in an urban megacity. Aditi has expertise in time-series analysis of temperature-non-communicable disease (NCDs) relationships in vulnerable populations, including the elderly and inhabitants of low-and-middle income settings.

She has presented a massive online open course hosted by the Centre Virchow-Villermé, Paris, on climate change and NCDs for Policy Makers and taught a time-series course at Harvard University. Aditi has worked as a policy analyst for the New Zealand government and on public health projects in Bhutan and Germany.



2019 Doctorate (Dr. ScHum summa cum laude),
Climate change, Nutrition and Health working group; Heidelberg Institute of Global Health and Network Aging Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Heidelberg, Germany
2011 Master of Public Health (MPh), University of Auckland, New Zealand
2010 Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (with distinction), University of Auckland, New Zealand
2007 Managing Projects (executive short course), School of Business, George Washington University, USA
2007 Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science), University of Auckland, New Zealand


Dabaieh, M., Lundgren Kownacki, K., Bunker A., Siri Kjellberg. (2020) A Comparative monitoring Study of the Indoor and Outdoor Heat Stress in Four Different Urban Settings in Cairo. Current and Future Scenarios. Passive Energy and Low Energy Architecture. Accepted.

Yeboah, E., Bunker, A., Dambach, P., Mank, I., Sorgho, R., de Allegri, M., Vounatsou, P., Sié, A., Munga, S., Sauerborn, R., Bärnighausen, T., Danquah, I., Transformative Adaptations for Health Impacts of Climate Change in Burkina Faso and Kenya in The African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation, editor: Walter Leal, Springer, 2020.

Bunker, A.*, Bärnighausen, T., Woodward, A., & Bullen, C. (2020). Housing structure and occupant behaviour to increase the environmental and health co-benefits of housing: Insights from expert interviews in New Zealand. Indoor and Built Environment, doi: 10.1177/1420326X19897965. *Corresponding author

Odhiambo, S., Bunker, A., Egondi, T., Hondula, D., Astrom, D., Rocklov, J., Schumann, B. (2018). The impact of temperature on years of life lost in low-and-middle income countries; a multi-city analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives, 126 (1):017004.

Bunker, A.*, Sewe, M., Sie, A., Rocklöv, J., Sauerborn, R. (2017). The excess burden of heat on non- communicable disease years of life lost in rural Burkina Faso: a time series analysis of daily deaths between 2000-2010. BMJ Open, 7:e018068. * Corresponding author

Gosling, SN., Hondula, DM., Bunker, A., Sauerborn, R. (2017). Modelling adaptation in climate change impact assessments of heat-related mortality. Environmental Health Perspectives, 125(8):087008.

Bunker, A.*, Wildenhain, J., Vandenbergh, A., Henschke, N., Rocklöv, J., Hajat, S., & Sauerborn, R. (2016). Effects of air temperature on climate-sensitive mortality and morbidity outcomes in the elderly; a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological evidence. EBioMedicine, 6, 258–268. * Corresponding author

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