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Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Department of Public Health

MA (Hons 1), PhD, Dip Teaching, Dip Clin Psych, QSO

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Professor; Programme Director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme; Director, New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities; lead researcher for the Resilient Urban Futures programme.

Contact Details 

Tel: + 64 4 918 6047
Fax: + 64 4 389 5319
Email: philippa.howden-chapman@otago.ac.nz

Research Interests and Activities 

Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy.

She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has conducted randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work including the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2014.

She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Publications

Nilsson, M., Chisholm, E., Griggs, D., Howden-Chapman, P., McCollum, D., Messerli, P., … Stafford-Smith, M. (2018). Mapping interactions between the sustainable development goals: Lessons learned and ways forward. Sustainability Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11625-018-0604-z

Bennett, J., Davy, P., Trompetter, B., Wang, Y., Pierse, N., Boulic, M., … Howden-Chapman, P. (2018). Sources of indoor air pollution at a New Zealand urban primary school: A case study. Atmospheric Pollution Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.apr.2018.09.006

Keall, M., Chapman, R., Shaw, C., Abrahamse, W., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2018). Are people who already cycle and walk more responsive to an active travel intervention? Journal of Transport & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.08.006

Chapman, R., Keall, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Grams, M., Witten, K., Randal, E., & Woodward, A. (2018). A cost benefit analysis of an active travel intervention with health and carbon emission reduction benefits. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, 15(5), 962. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15050962

Chisholm, E., Howden-Chapman, P., & Fougere, G. (2018). Tenants’ responses to substandard housing: Hidden and invisible power and the failure of rental housing regulation. Housing, Theory & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14036096.2018.1538019

Authored Book - Research

Howden-Chapman, P. (2015). Home truths: Confronting New Zealand's housing crisis. Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books, 116p. doi: 10.7810/9780947492335

Hutt, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (1998). Old wine in new bottles:The Public Health Commission and the Making of New Zealand Alcohol Policy. Wellington, Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University: Department of Public Health Monograph, No. 3, 211p.

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Authored Book - Other

Crane, J., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (1996). Prevention of Asthma: a Report. Hamilton: Midland Regional Health Authority, 19p.

Rada, J., Ratima, M., Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Bowers, S. (1996). Evidence-based Purchasing of Health Promotion: Methodology for Reviewing Evidence: a Report. Hamilton: Midland Regional Health Authority, 24p.

Lindforth-Howden, D., Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Millmow, R. (1996). Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Suicide: a Report. Hamilton: Midland Regional Health Authority, 27p.

Randle, N., Howden, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (1996). Healthy Schools - Kura Waiora: a Report. Hamilton: Midland Regional Health Authority, 18p.

Howden, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (1996). The Promotion of Parenting Support and Skills With Consideration to the Prevention of Child Abuse: a Report. Hamilton: Midland Regional Health Authority, 19p.

Bell, H., Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Rada, J. (1996). Prevention of SIDS: a Report. Hamilton: Midland Regional Health Authority, 7p.

Bowers, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (1996). Prevention of Substance Abuse: a Report. Hamilton: Midland Regional Health Authority, 8p.

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Edited Book - Research

Howden-Chapman, P., Early, L., & Ombler, J. (Eds.). (2017). Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 178p.

Early, L., Howden-Chapman, P., & Russell, M. (Eds.). (2015). Drivers of urban change. Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 263p.

Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (Eds.). (2013). Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 151p.

Howden-Chapman, P., Bennett, J., & Siebers, R. (Eds.). (2009). Do damp and mould matter? Health impacts of leaky homes. Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts, 172p.

Howden-Chapman, P., Hales, S., Chapman, R., & Keskimäki, I. (Eds.). (2005). The impact of economic recession on youth suicide: A comparison of New Zealand and Finland. Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health, 33p. Retrieved from http://www.moh.govt.nz

Howden-Chapman, P., & Carroll, P. (Eds.). (2004). Housing & health: Research, policy and innovation. Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Woodward, A. (Eds.). (2001). The Health of Pacific Societies. Ian Prior's Life and Work. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 112p.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Tobias, M. I. (Eds.). (2000). Social Inequalities in Health: New Zealand 1999. Wellington: Ministry of Health, 219p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Howden-Chapman, P., Ombler, J., Early, L., & Chapman, R. (2017). Introduction. In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 7-14). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

O'Sullivan, K. C., Viggers, H., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2017). The value of experience: Including young people in energy poverty research. In N. Simcock, H. Thomson, S. Petrova & S. Bouzarovski (Eds.), Energy poverty and vulnerability: A global perspective. (pp. 188-201). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Randal, E., Keall, M., Shaw, C., Russell, M., Woodward, A., Chapman, R., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2017). Why New Zealand transport policy needs to encourage walking and cycling. In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 107-114). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Ombler, J., Howden-Chapman, P., & Early, L. (2017). Conclusion. In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 143-145). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Howden-Chapman, P., Chisholm, E., Telfar Barnard, L., Viggers, H., O'Sullivan, K., Bennett, J., Bierre, S., Preval, N., Randal, E., Tiatia, R., Ombler, J., Amore, K., Rivera-Muñoz, G., … Davies, C., Aspinall, C., Oliver, J., Baker, M., Keall, M., … Crane, J., & Pierse, N. (2017). Housing, energy and health in resilient cities. In P. Howden-Chapman, L. Early & J. Ombler (Eds.), Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities. (pp. 95-106). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Early, L., Russell, M., Fougere, G., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2015). What shapes our cities? In L. Early, P. Howden-Chapman & M. Russell (Eds.), Drivers of urban change. (pp. 223-234). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Howden-Chapman, P., Hamer-Adams, A., Randal, E., Chapman, R., & Salmon, G. (2015). Survey of sentiment about cities. In L. Early, P. Howden-Chapman & M. Russell (Eds.), Drivers of urban change. (pp. 204-222). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Early, L., Howden-Chapman, P., Russell, M., Hamer-Adams, A., & Ombler, J. (2015). Introduction. In L. Early, P. Howden-Chapman & M. Russell (Eds.), Drivers of urban change. (pp. 7-14). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Howden-Chapman, P., & Preval, N. (2014). Cobenefits of insulating houses: Research evidence and policy implications. In R. Cooper, E. Burton & C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Wellbeing: A complete reference guide (Vol. II): Wellbeing and the Environment. (pp. 607-625). Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118539415

Bierre, S., Howden-Chapman, P., & Early, L. (2013). Conclusion. In S. Bierre, P. Howden-Chapman & L. Early (Eds.), Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. (pp. 127-129). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Howden-Chapman, P., Bierre, S., & Cunningham, C. (2013). Building inequality. In M. Rashbrooke (Ed.), Inequality: A New Zealand crisis. (pp. 105-117). Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books. doi: 10.7810/9781927131510

Bierre, S., Howden-Chapman, P., & Early, L. (2013). Introduction. In S. Bierre, P. Howden-Chapman & L. Early (Eds.), Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. (pp. 7-12). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Howden-Chapman, P. (2013). A future for social and affordable housing. In S. Bierre, P. Howden-Chapman & L. Early (Eds.), Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. (pp. 13-20). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Baker, M., Zhang, J., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2013). The health effects of social housing: The Social Housing Outcomes Worth study. In S. Bierre, P. Howden-Chapman & L. Early (Eds.), Homes people can afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand. (pp. 33-40). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Amore, K., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2012). Mental health and homelessness. In International encyclopedia of housing and home. (pp. 268-273). Amsterdam: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.00336-2

Zhao, P., Chapman, R., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2011). New Zealand urban intensification: A spatial analysis. In K. Witten, W. Abrahamse & K. Stuart (Eds.), Growth misconduct? Avoiding sprawl and improving urban intensification in New Zealand. (pp. 143-158). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Viggers, H., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2011). Urban form, public transport and mortgagee sales. In K. Witten, W. Abrahamse & K. Stuart (Eds.), Growth misconduct? Avoiding sprawl and improving urban intensification in New Zealand. (pp. 159-178). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts Aotearoa.

Wilson, N., Howden-Chapman, P., Wickens, K., & Crane, J. (2009). Indoor mould exposure and health. In P. Howden-Chapman, J. Bennett & R. Siebers (Eds.), Do damp and mould matter? Health impacts of leaky homes. (pp. 19-23). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Howden-Chapman, P., & Bennett, J. (2009). Why indoor dampness and mould matter. In P. Howden-Chapman, J. Bennett & R. Siebers (Eds.), Do damp and mould matter? Health impacts of leaky homes. (pp. 7-18). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Howden-Chapman, P. (2008). Restructuring cities to reduce inequalities. In Re-thinking urban environments and health. (pp. 11-18). Wellington, New Zealand: Public Health Advisory Committee.

Howden-Chapman, P., & Bierre, S. (2008). Reducing health inequalities by improving housing. In K. Dew & A. Matheson (Eds.), Understanding health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 161-172). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Howden-Chapman, P. (2004). Socioeconomic inequalities and health. In P. Davis & K. Dew (Eds.), Health and society in Aotearoa New Zealand. (2nd ed.) (pp. 51-68). Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford University Press.

Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., Baker, M., Cunningham, C., & Matheson, A. (2004). Reducing health inequality through improving housing: He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme. In P. Howden-Chapman & P. Carroll (Eds.), Housing & health: Research, policy and innovation. (pp. 83-92). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Baker, M., Milosevic, J., Blakely, T., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2004). Housing, crowding and health. In P. Howden-Chapman & P. Carroll (Eds.), Housing & health: Research, policy and innovation. (pp. 57-69). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Howden-Chapman, P., & Carroll, P. (2004). Introduction. In P. Howden-Chapman & P. Carroll (Eds.), Housing and health: Research, policy and innovation. (pp. 7-11). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Howden-Chapman, P., & Carroll, P. (2004). Introduction. In P. Howden-Chapman & P. Carroll (Eds.), Housing & health: Research, policy and innovation. (pp. 7-11). Wellington, New Zealand: Steele Roberts.

Baker, M. G., Goodyear, R., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (2003). Household crowding and health. In What is the extent of crowding in New Zealand?: An analysis of crowding in New Zealand households 1986-2001. (pp. 58-87). Wellington: Statistics New Zealand.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Kawachi, I. (2002). Room for a view: a non-European perspective on European policies to minimise social and economic variations in health. In J. Mackenbach & M. Bakker (Eds.), Inequalities in Health in Europe. (pp. 325-333). London: Routledge.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., & O'Dea, D. J. (2001). Income, income inequality and health in New Zealand. In R. Eckersley, J. Dixon & B. Douglas (Eds.), The Social Origins of Health and Well-being. (pp. 129-148). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Wilson, N. (2000). Housing and Health. In P. Howden-Chapman & M. Tobias (Eds.), Social Inequalities and Health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 133-146). Wellington: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P., & Wilson, N. (2000). Housing and health. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 133-145). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., & Pene, G. A. (2000). A continuing commitment. In P. Howden-Chapman & A. Woodward (Eds.), The Health of Pacific Societies: Ian Prior's Life and Work. (pp. 40-46). Wellington: Roger Steele.

Howden-Chapman, P., Wilson, N., & Blakely, T. (2000). Introduction. In Social inequalities in health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 1-7). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

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