Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis

PhD, MSc, BSc (Honours)
Professor of Global Environmental Health
College of Health & Medicine
T: +61 2 6125 0657


Sotiris Vardoulakis is Professor of Global Environmental Health at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, which he joined in September 2019 from the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh where he was Director of Research and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Occupational Health. Sotiris is founding co-chair of the International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability (Healthy-Polis) and Honorary Professor at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at University of Exeter Medical School. Previously he was Head of the Environmental Change Department at Public Health England and held academic positions at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Birmingham. He was one of the lead authors of the first UK Climate Change Risk Assessment and contributor to the National Adaptation Programme. He served as a member of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, UK) Public Health Advisory Committee on Air Pollution. Over the last 20 years, he has advised national and local governments and international organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the European Parliament, on the health effects of climate change and air pollution, and on environmental sustainability and urban health. Sotiris has been involved in numerous research projects, including field studies, environmental modelling, risk assessment and policy analysis in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific. His main research interests include climate change and health, air pollution and health, sustainable cities, sustainable transport, exposure assessment, epidemiology, health impact assessment, and environmental public health communication and policy. He is specialty chief editor (Health and Cities) for Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.

Researcher's projects

  • International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health & Sustainability (Healthy-Polis), 2013- 
  • Clean Environment and Planetary Health in Asia (CEPHA), funded by UKRI, with the Indian Institute of Technology, 2019-2021.  
  • Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH), funded by Wellcome Trust, led by UCL/LSHTM, 2018-2022. 
  • Interventions to Improve Oudoor Air Quality: Rapid Evidence Assessments, funded by Public Health England, 2018. 
  • Indoor Air Pollution Exposure and Health: Systematic Literature Review, funded by Dyson, 2018-2019.  
  • Assessing the Health Impacts of Air Pollution in Thailand, MRC, led by IOM and MAHIDOL University, 2017-2020.
  • EURO-HEALTHY: Shaping European Policies to Promote Health Equity. EU Horizon 2020, led by University of Coimbra, 2015-2018.
  • National Institute for Health Research: Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change & Health. Healthy Sustainable Cities theme, 2014-2017
  • Multi-country analysis of temperature-mortality associations from a climate change perspective, Medical Research Council funded, led by LSHTM, 2015-2018
  • Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Partnership Development Fund, 2018.
  • Perceptive assessment of health risks caused by climate change, air pollution and health co-benefits of low carbon transition in China, FCO funded, led by China CDC, 2015-2016


Available student projects

  • Climate change and health
  • Air pollution and health
  • Urban health
  • Sustainable cities
  • Global environmental health
  • Environmental pollution 
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental health policy 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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