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Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Department of Public Health

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

Philippa Howden-Chapman image 2020

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.

Teaches PUBH714 Public Policy and Health Systems 

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, sesquicentennial distinguished professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, is co-director of two major long-standing research groups: He Kāinga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, which both received major research grants in 2020. She conducts randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, urban policy and health. Her work focuses on reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and wellbeing and she has received a number of awards, including the Prime Minister’s Science Team Prize.

She is a director on the board of Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities and a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. For her contributions to public health, she has been awarded a Queen’s Service Order and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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Publications

Nathan, K., Robertson, O., Atatoa Carr, P., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2022). Residential mobility and potentially avoidable hospitalisations in a population-based cohort of New Zealand children. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-218509

Keall, M., Randal, E., Abrahamse, W., Chapman, R., Shaw, C., Witten, K., … Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). Equity and other effects of a program facilitating and promoting active travel. Transportation Research Part D, 108, 1036338. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2022.103338

Chisholm, E., Bierre, S., Davies, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). 'That house was a home': Qualitative evidence from New Zealand on the connections between rental housing eviction and poor health outcomes. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 33, 861-868. doi: 10.1002/hpja.526

Fyfe, C., Telfar Barnard, L., Douwes, J., Howden-Chapman, P., & Crane, J. (2022). Retrofitting home insulation reduces incidence and severity of chronic respiratory disease. Indoor Air, 32, e13101. doi: 10.1111/ina.13101

Chisholm, E., Robertson, O., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2022). Does the proportion of public housing tenants in a community affect their wellbeing? Results from New Zealand: A retrospective cohort study using linked administrative data. Cities, 131, 103916. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2022.103916

Nathan, K., Robertson, O., Atatoa Carr, P., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2022). Residential mobility and potentially avoidable hospitalisations in a population-based cohort of New Zealand children. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-218509

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Keall, M., Randal, E., Abrahamse, W., Chapman, R., Shaw, C., Witten, K., … Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). Equity and other effects of a program facilitating and promoting active travel. Transportation Research Part D, 108, 1036338. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2022.103338

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Chisholm, E., Bierre, S., Davies, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). 'That house was a home': Qualitative evidence from New Zealand on the connections between rental housing eviction and poor health outcomes. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 33, 861-868. doi: 10.1002/hpja.526

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Fyfe, C., Telfar Barnard, L., Douwes, J., Howden-Chapman, P., & Crane, J. (2022). Retrofitting home insulation reduces incidence and severity of chronic respiratory disease. Indoor Air, 32, e13101. doi: 10.1111/ina.13101

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Chisholm, E., Robertson, O., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2022). Does the proportion of public housing tenants in a community affect their wellbeing? Results from New Zealand: A retrospective cohort study using linked administrative data. Cities, 131, 103916. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2022.103916

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Viggers, H. E., Keall, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). Towards dwelling energy certification for New Zealand: Normalisation issues. Kōtuitui, 17(2), 206-223. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2021.1960866

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Howden-Chapman, P., Bennett, J., Edwards, R., Jacobs, D., Nathan, K., & Ormandy, D. (2022). Review of the impact of housing quality on inequalities in health and well-being. Annual Review of Public Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-071521-111836

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Shorter, C., Crane, J., Barnes, P., Kang, J., Honeywill, C., Robertson, O., O'Sullivan, K., Telfar-Barnard, L., Pierse, N., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). The cost of achieving healthy temperatures in children's bedrooms: Evidence from New Zealand. Energy Policy, 164, 112861. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2022.112861

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Chisholm, E., Pierse, N., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). Perceived benefits and risks of developing mixed communities in New Zealand: Implementer perspectives. Urban Research & Practice, 15(2), 275-298. doi: 10.1080/17535069.2020.1801831

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Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2022). The theory and practice of a politics of compassion in the private rental sector: A study of Aotearoa, NZ and ‘kindness’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Housing Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19491247.2022.2133341

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Walker, G. J., Stelzer-Braid, S., Shorter, C., Honeywill, C., Wynn, M., Willenborg, C., Barnes, P., Kang, J., Pierse, N., Crane, J., Howden-Chapman, P., & Rawlinson, W. (2022). Viruses associated with acute respiratory infection in a community-based cohort of healthy NZ children. Journal of Medical Virology, 94, 454-460. doi: 10.1002/jmv.25493

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Olin, C. V., Berghan, J., Thompson-Fawcett, M., Ivory, V., Witten, K., Howden-Chapman, P., … O'Sullivan, K. C., Keall, M., Ombler, J., & Hinckson, E. (2022). Inclusive and collective urban home spaces: The future of housing in Aotearoa New Zealand. Wellbeing, Space & Society, 3, 100080. doi: 10.1016/j.wss.2022.100080

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Liu, Y., Gatzweiler, F., Howden-Chapman, P., Marchandise, C., Shaohua, Z., Thomas, Y., … Lan, W. (2022). Post-pandemic recovery and transformation: Resilient cities, healthy planet “will healthy and anti-fragile cities emerge from the crisis?” In F. W. Gatzweiler (Ed.), Urban health and wellbeing programme: Policy briefs. (pp. 37-44). Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-19-2523-8_6

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Pierse, N., Ombler, J., Chun, S., Fraser, B., White, M., Aspinall, C., … Howden-Chapman, P., … Jiang, T., & Atatoa-Carr, P. E. (2022). Two-year post-housing outcomes for a Housing First cohort in Aotearoa New Zealand. European Journal of Homelessness, 16(2), 121-144. Retrieved from https://www.feantsaresearch.org/en/publications/european-journal-of-homelessness

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Howden-Chapman, P., Fyfe, C., Nathan, K., Keall, M., Riggs, L., & Pierse, N. (2021). The effects of housing on health and well-being in Aotearoa New Zealand [ Ngā pānga o ngā whare noho ki te hauora me te toiora i Aotearoa]. New Zealand Population Review, 47, 16-32. Retrieved from https://population.org.nz/latest-journals/

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Robertson, O., Nathan, K., Howden-Chapman, P., Baker, M. G., Atatoa Carr, P., & Pierse, N. (2021). Residential mobility for a national cohort of New Zealand-born children by area socioeconomic deprivation level and ethnic group. BMJ Open, 11, e039706. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039706

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Keall, M. D., Tupara, H., Pierse, N., Wilkie, M., Baker, M. G., Howden-Chapman, P., & Cunningham, C. (2021). Home modifications to prevent home fall injuries in houses with Māori occupants (MHIPI): A randomised controlled trial. Lancet Public Health, 6(9), e631-e640. doi: 10.1016/s2468-2667(21)00135-3

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Chisholm, E., Pierse, N., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2021). What is a mixed-tenure community? Views from New Zealand practitioners and implications for researchers. Urban Policy & Research, 39(1), 33-47. doi: 10.1080/08111146.2020.1863780

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Chapman, R., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2021). Does reframing urban policy around wellbeing support carbon mitigation? Building & Cities, 2(1), 688-699. doi: 10.5334/bc.115

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Riggs, L., Keall, M., Howden-Chapman, P., & Baker, M. G. (2021). Environmental burden of disease from unsafe and substandard housing, New Zealand, 2010-2017. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 99, 259-270. doi: 10.2471/BLT.20.263285

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Randal, E., Shaw, C., Woodward, A., Howden-Chapman, P., Macmillan, A., Hosking, J., … Waa, A. M., & Keall, M. (2020). Fairness in transport policy: A new approach to applying distributive justice theories. Sustainability, 12, 10102. doi: 10.3390/su122310102

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Telfar Barnard, L., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2020). Renting poorer housing: Ecological relationships between tenure, dwelling condition, and income and housing-sensitive hospitalizations in a developed country. Health Education & Behavior, 47(6), 816-824. doi: 10.1177/1090198120945923

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Howden-Chapman, P., Keall, M., Whitwell, K., & Chapman, R. (2020). Evaluating natural experiments to measure the co-benefits of urban policy interventions to reduce carbon emissions in New Zealand. Science of the Total Environment, 700, 134408. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134408

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Werna, E., Siri, J. G., Tan, D. T., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). As safe as houses? Why standards for urban development matter. Cities & Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/23748834.2020.1747826

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Pierse, N., White, M., Ombler, J., Davis, C., Chisholm, E., Baker, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Well Homes Initiative: A home-based intervention to address housing-related ill health. Health Education & Behavior, 47(6), 836-844. doi: 10.1177/1090198120911612

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Teariki, M. A., Tiatia, R., O'Sullivan, K., Puloka, V., Signal, L., Shearer, I., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Beyond home: Exploring energy poverty among youth in four diverse Pacific island states. Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 101638. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101638

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Rivera-Muñoz, G., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Structural adjustment and community resilience: The case of postdisaster housing recovery after the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Health Education & Behavior, 47(6), 805-815. doi: 10.1177/1090198120936611

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Chisholm, E., Pierse, N., Davies, C., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Promoting health through housing improvements, education and advocacy: Lessons from staff involved in Wellington's Healthy Housing Initiative. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 31, 7-15. doi: 10.1002/hpja.247

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Bierre, S., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Telling stories: The role of narratives in rental housing policy change in New Zealand. Housing Studies, 35(1), 29-49. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2017.1363379

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Fyfe, C., Telfar-Barnard, L., Howden-Chapman, P., & Douwes, J. (2020). Association between home insulation and hospital admission rates: Retrospective cohort study using linked data from a national intervention programme. BMJ, 371, m4571. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m4571

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Chisholm, E., Howden-Chapman, P., & Fougere, G. (2020). Tenants’ responses to substandard housing: Hidden and invisible power and the failure of rental housing regulation. Housing, Theory & Society, 37(2), 139-161. doi: 10.1080/14036096.2018.1538019

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Shaw, C., Boulic, M., Longley, I., Mitchell, T., Pierse, N., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). The association between indoor and outdoor NO2 levels: A case study in 50 residences in an urban neighbourhood in New Zealand. Sustainable Cities & Society, 56, 102093. doi: 10.1016/j.scs.2020.102093

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Rangiwhetu, L. J., Pierse, N., Chisholm, E., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Public housing and well-being: Evaluation frameworks to influence policy. Health Education & Behavior, 47(6), 825-835. doi: 10.1177/1090198120917095

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Coulson, G., Moore, J., Waa, A., Kearns, R., Witten, K., Batstone, C., … Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Toward a framework for resilience assessments: Working across cultures, disciplines, and scales in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Cities, 2, 11. doi: 10.3389/frsc.2020.00011

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Lawson-Te Aho, K., Fariu-Ariki, P., Ombler, J., Aspinall, C., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2019). A principles framework for taking action on Māori/Indigenous homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand. SSM Population Health, 8, 100450. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100450

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Ingham, T., Keall, M., Jones, B., Aldridge, D. R. T., Dowell, A. C., Davies, C., Crane, J., Draper, J. B., Bailey, L. O., Viggers, H., Stanley, T. V., Leadbitter, P., … Howden-Chapman, P. (2019). Damp mouldy housing and early childhood hospital admissions for acute respiratory infection: A case control study. Thorax, 74(9), 849-857. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212979

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Viggers, H., Keall, M., Howden-Chapman, P., Wickens, K., Ingham, T., Davies, C., … Crane, J. (2019). Effect of an electricity voucher on electricity use. Energy Policy, 134, 110985. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.110985

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Telfar-Barnard, L., Bennett, J., Robinson, A., Hailes, A., Ombler, J., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2019). Evidence base for a housing warrant of fitness. SAGE Open Medicine, 7. doi: 10.1177/2050312119843028

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Preval, N., Ombler, J., Grimes, A., Keall, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2019). Government failure and success: A trans-Tasman comparison of two insulation subsidy schemes. Agenda, 26(1), 51-65.

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Nathan, K., Robertson, O., Atatoa Carr, P., Howden-Chapman, P., & Pierse, N. (2019). Residential mobility and socioemotional and behavioural difficulties in a preschool population cohort of New Zealand children. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 73, 947-953. doi: 10.1136/jech-2019-212436

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Pierse, N., Ombler, J., White, M., Aspinall, C., McMinn, C., Atatoa-Carr, P., … Fraser, B., Cook, H., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2019). Service usage by a New Zealand Housing First cohort prior to being housed. SSM Population Health, 8, 100432. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100432

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Bennett, J., Davy, P., Trompetter, B., Wang, Y., Pierse, N., Boulic, M., … Howden-Chapman, P. (2019). Sources of indoor air pollution at a New Zealand urban primary school: A case study. Atmospheric Pollution Research, 10, 435-444. doi: 10.1016/j.apr.2018.09.006

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Chisholm, E., Keall, M., Bennett, J., Marshall, A., Telfar-Barnard, L., Thornley, L., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2019). Why don't owners improve their homes? Results from a survey following a housing warrant-of-fitness assessment for health and safety. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 43(3), 221-227. doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12895

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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

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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, 10, 84-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2018.08.006

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Rangiwhetu, L., Pierse, N., Viggers, H., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2018). Cold New Zealand council housing getting an upgrade. Policy Quarterly, 14(2), 65, 73.

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Shorter, C., Crane, J., Pierse, N., Barnes, P., Kang, J., Wickens, K., … Stanley, T., … Howden-Chapman, P., and the Wellington Research General Practicioner Research Network. (2018). Indoor visible mold and mold odour are associated with new-onset childhood wheeze in a dose-dependent manner. Indoor Air, 28(1), 6-15. doi: 10.1111/ina.12413

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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, 13, 1489-1503. doi: 10.1007/s11625-018-0604-z

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Keall, M. D., Shaw, C., Chapman, R., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2018). Reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from an intervention to promote cycling and walking: A case study from New Zealand. Transportation Research Part D, 65, 687-696. doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2018.10.004

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O'Sullivan, K. C., Viggers, H., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2018). 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.

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