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Simon Hales, Department of Public Health

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BA, MB BChir (Cambridge, UK) MPH, PhD (Otago, NZ)

Research Associate Professor; CSC

Contact Details 

Tel: +64 4 918 5625
Fax: +64 4 389 5319
Email: simon.hales@otago.ac.nz

Research Interests and Activities  

Simon is an environmental epidemiologist with an interest in the atmospheric environment and global issues.

Simon's current projects include:

  • assessing health aspects of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NZ and Fiji)
  • estimating the global burden of disease attributable to climate change
  • empirical modelling of communicable disease in relation to climate
  • health co benefits of climate change mitigation
  • health impact assessment of air pollution exposure

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Publications

Hales, S., Blakely, T., & Woodward, A. (2012). Air pollution and mortality in New Zealand: Cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 66(5), 468-473. doi: 10.1136/jech.2010.112490

Lal, A., Baker, M. G., Hales, S., & French, N. P. (2013). Potential effects of global environmental changes on cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis transmission. Trends in Parasitology, 29(2), 83-90. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2012.10.005

Béguin, A., Hales, S., Rocklöv, J., Åström, C., Louis, V. R., & Sauerborn, R. (2011). The opposing effects of climate change and socio-economic development on the global distribution of malaria. Global Environmental Change, 21(4), 1209-1214. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.06.001

Hales, S., Lucas, R., & McMichael, A. J. (2011). Global environmental hazards. In B. S. Levy, D. H. Wegman, S. L. Baron & R. K. Sokas (Eds.), Occupational and environmental health: Recognizing and preventing disease and injury. (6th ed.) (pp. 98-118). New York: Oxford University Press.

Markandya, A., Armstrong, B. G., Hales, S., Chiabai, A., Criqui, P., Mima, S., … Wilkinson, P. (2009). Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: Low-carbon electricity generation. Lancet, 374(9706), 2006-2015. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61715-3

Edited Book - Research

Matthies, F., Bickler, G., Cardeñosa Marín, N., & Hales, S. (Eds.). (2008). Heat-Health action plans. Copenhagen, Denmark: World Health Organisation, 45p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Hales, S., Lucas, R., & McMichael, A. J. (2011). Global environmental hazards. In B. S. Levy, D. H. Wegman, S. L. Baron & R. K. Sokas (Eds.), Occupational and environmental health: Recognizing and preventing disease and injury. (6th ed.) (pp. 98-118). New York: Oxford University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

O'Sullivan, K. C., Howden-Chapman, P. L., Fougere, G. M., Hales, S., & Stanley, J. (2013). Empowered? Examining self-disconnection in a postal survey of electricity prepayment meter consumers in New Zealand. Energy Policy, 52, 277-287. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.09.020

Lal, A., Baker, M. G., Hales, S., & French, N. P. (2013). Potential effects of global environmental changes on cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis transmission. Trends in Parasitology, 29(2), 83-90. doi: 10.1016/j.pt.2012.10.005

Lal, A., Baker, M. G., French, N. P., Dufour, M., & Hales, S. (2012). The epidemiology of human salmonellosis in New Zealand, 1997-2008. Epidemiology & Infection, 140(9), 1685-1694. doi: 10.1017/s0950268811002470

Lal, A., Hales, S., French, N., & Baker, M. G. (2012). Seasonality in human zoonotic enteric diseases: A systematic review. PLoS ONE, 7(4), e31883. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031883

Hales, S., Blakely, T., & Woodward, A. (2012). Air pollution and mortality in New Zealand: Cohort study. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 66(5), 468-473. doi: 10.1136/jech.2010.112490

Hales, S., Blakely, T., Foster, R. H., Baker, M. G., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2012). Seasonal patterns of mortality in relation to social factors. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 66, 379-384. doi: 10.1136/jech.2010.111864

Wilson, N., Slaney, D., Baker, M. G., Hales, S., & Britton, E. (2011). Climate change and infectious diseases in New Zealand: A brief review and tentative research agenda. Reviews on Environmental Health, 26(2), 93-99. doi: 10.1515/REVEH.2011.013

Béguin, A., Hales, S., Rocklöv, J., Åström, C., Louis, V. R., & Sauerborn, R. (2011). The opposing effects of climate change and socio-economic development on the global distribution of malaria. Global Environmental Change, 21(4), 1209-1214. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.06.001

Britton, E., Hales, S., Venugopal, K., & Baker, M. G. (2010). Positive association between ambient temperature and salmonellosis notifications in New Zealand, 1965-2006. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34(2), 126-129. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00495.x

Britton, E., Hales, S., Venugopal, K., & Baker, M. G. (2010). The impact of climate variability and change on cryptosporidiosis and giardiasis rates in New Zealand. Journal of Water & Health, 8(3), 561-571. doi: 10.2166/wh.2010.049

Markandya, A., Armstrong, B. G., Hales, S., Chiabai, A., Criqui, P., Mima, S., … Wilkinson, P. (2009). Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: Low-carbon electricity generation. Lancet, 374(9706), 2006-2015. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61715-3

Metcalfe, S., Woodward, A., Macmillan, A., Baker, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Lindsay, G., Hales, S., … Jaine, R., … Edwards, R., … for the New Zealand Climate and Health Group. (2009). Why New Zealand must rapidly halve its greenhouse gas emissions. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1304). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1304/3827/content.pdf

McMichael, A. J., Neira, M., Bertollini, R., Campbell-Lendrum, D., & Hales, S. (2009). Climate change: A time of need and opportunity for the health sector. Lancet, 374(9707), 2123-2125. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)62031-6

Hales, S., Baker, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Menne, B., Woodruff, R., & Woodward, A. (2007). Implications of global climate change for housing, human settlements and public health. Reviews on Environmental Health, 22(4), 295-302.

Cazelles, B., Chavez, M., de Magny, G. C., Guégan, J.-F., & Hales, S. (2007). Time-dependent spectral analysis of epidemiological time-series with wavelets. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 4(15), 625-636. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2007.0212

Cazelles, B., & Hales, S. (2006). Infectious diseases, climate influences, and nonstationarity. PLoS Medicine, 3(8), 1212-1213.

McMichael, A. J., Woodruff, R. E., & Hales, S. (2006). Climate change and human health: Present and future risks. Lancet, 367(11), 859-869. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68079-3

Singh, R., Hales, S. E., De Wet, N., Raj, R., Hearnden, M. N., & Weinstein, P. (2001). The influence of climate variation and change on diarrheal disease in the Pacific Islands. Environmental Health Perspectives, 109, 155-159.

Hales, S. E., Salmond, C. E., Town, G. I., Kjellstrom, T., & Woodward, A. (2000). Daily mortality in relation to weather and air pollution in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 24, 89-91.

Hales, S. E., Weinstein, P., & Woodward, A. (1999). Ciguatera fish poisoning, El Niño, and Pacific sea surface temperatures. Ecosystem Health, 5, 20-25.

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Journal - Research Other

Hales, S., & Edwards, R. (2011). Cardiovascular effects of exposure to air pollution: Causal pathways of toxicity may depend on the duration of exposure [Editorial]. BMJ, 343, d5814. doi: 10.1136/bmj.d5814

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