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MA (Hons 1), PhD, Dip Teaching, Dip Clin Psych, QSO CNZMPhilippa Howden-Chapman image 2020Professor; 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

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.


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, 76, 606-612. doi: 10.1136/jech-2021-218509 Journal - Research Article

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 Journal - Research Article

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 Journal - Research Article

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 Journal - Research Article

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 Journal - Research Article

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