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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.

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 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

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

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

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

Chisholm, E., Pierse, N., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Perceived benefits and risks of developing mixed communities in New Zealand: Implementer perspectives. Urban Research & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17535069.2020.1801831

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

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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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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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., 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. 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., & 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. 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. L. (2000). The social and economic determinants of health. In P. Davis & K. Dew (Eds.), Health and Society. (pp. 67-82). Auckland: Oxford University Press.

O'Dea, D. J., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (2000). Income and income inequality and health. In P. Howden-Chapman & M. Tobias (Eds.), Social Inequalities in Health: New Zealand 1999. (pp. 175-180). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

Hutt, M., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (2000). A strife of interests: the Public Health Commission and alcohol policy. In P. Davis (Ed.), Health Policy. (pp. 255-272). Auckland: Oxford University Press.

O'Dea, D. J., & Howden-Chapman, P. L. (2000). Income inequality, income and health. In P. Howden-Chapman & M. Tobias (Eds.), Social Inequalities and Health: New Zealand. (pp. 65-86). Wellington: Ministry of Health.

Howden-Chapman, P. L., Carter, J. M., & Park, J. (1996). An intimate reliance: health reform, viral infection and the safety of blood products. In P. Davis (Ed.), Intimate Details and Vital Statistics: AIDS, Sexuality and the Social Order in New Zealand. (pp. 168-184). Auckland: Auckland University Press.

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Journal - Research Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chisholm, E., Pierse, N., & Howden-Chapman, P. (2020). Perceived benefits and risks of developing mixed communities in New Zealand: Implementer perspectives. Urban Research & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17535069.2020.1801831

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

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

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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