Mr Daniel Gilfillan

PhD (Climate Change and Health Governance)
Senior Environmental Specialist (ICEM)
ANU College of Science
T: 0492 879 112

Areas of expertise

  • Human Impacts Of Climate Change And Human Adaptation 410103
  • Public Health Not Elsewhere Classified 420699
  • Development Cooperation 440401
  • Environment Policy 440704
  • Health Policy 440706

Research interests

  1. Governance of Climate Change Adaptation and Human Health
  2. Project Management for Climate Change Adaptation
  3. Adaptation to Climate Change in the Pacific
  4. Adaptation to Climate Change in Southeast Asia
  5. Pumped storage hydropower for sustainable electricity systems


Dr Daniel Gilfillan – Climate change, human health and energy

Dr Daniel Gilfillan is an environmental health specialist with extensive work experience in the Southeast Asian region. His technical work has focussed on governance and decision-making to improve environmental health. He has worked on and evaluated a number of Asian Development Bank environmental health projects such as a GMS-wide climate change adaptation and health project and a health impact assessment mainstreaming project. His impact assessment work has also included working on an Asian Development Bank strategic environmental assessment (SEA) project in Thailand, and preparing a socio-economic assessment and mitigation plan for a Mekong navigation upgrade project in Thailand and Lao PDR. Dr Gilfillan’s work in environmental health has led to a variety of peer reviewed publications, which can be seen by navigating to his google citations page.

Dr Gilfillan has considerable project management experience across several cultures. He has led and organised teams, and established organisations. He has managed teams of Vietnamese staff to deliver HIA project outcomes and outputs for Asian Development Bank projects, and has managed staff and consultants for the SEA project mentioned in the paragraph above. He has also established and managed organisations in Timor-Leste, working with a variety of bi-lateral funding agencies including DFAT, NZAID, the Japanese and Philippines embassies as well as with INGOs such as CARE and WaterAID. Dr Gilfillan has experience managing multiple teams across multiple locations, and in successfully building team and organisational ethos and commitment.

Dr Gilfillan holds a PhD on climate change and health governance with a focus on Southeast Asia, from the Australian National University. He also holds a Masters degree in international development from the University of Wollongong.

Currently Dr Gilfillan:
1. Consults to the World Health Organization on projects aimed to build health sector resilience to climate change among least developed countries in the South East Aisan region.

2. Works on electrical energy storage projects focussing on the Pacific Rim and South Asia.




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