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Simon hales photoBA MB BChir (Cambridge) MPH PhD (Otago)Research Professor; HEIRU

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Research interests and activities

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

Simon's current projects include:

  • empirical modelling of air pollution and health
  • assessing health aspects of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
  • 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


Baker, M., Kerr, J., Broadbent, A., Hales, S., Rawson-Te Patu, E., Prickett, M., Edwards, R., Cleghorn, C., & Wilson, N. (2024). Communicating public health evidence: A successful first year for the PHCC. The Briefing, (9 February). Retrieved from

Huang, W., Yang, Z., Zhang, Y., Vogt, T., Armstrong, B., Yu, W., … Hales, S., Pourzand, F., … and MCC Collaborators. (2024). Tropical cyclone-specific mortality risks and the periods of concern: A multicountry time-series study. PLoS Medicine, 21(1), e1004341. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1004341

Royal, H., Mannetje, A., Hales, S., Douwes, J., Berry, M., & Chambers, T. (2024). Nitrate in drinking water and pregnancy outcomes: A narrative review of epidemiological evidence and proposed biological mechanisms. PLoS Water, 3(1), e0000214. doi: 10.1371/journal.pwat.0000214

Prickett, M., Macmillan, A., Wilson, N., Shaw, C., Cleghorn, C., Baker, M., & Hales, S. (2023). The policy bonfire of environment protection: 10 examples that threaten public health. The Briefing, (15 December). Retrieved from

Pourzand, F., Bolton, A., Salter, C., Hales, S., & Woodward, A. (2023). Health and climate change: Adaptation policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Lancet Regional Health: Western Pacific. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.lanwpc.2023.100954

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