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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


Prickett, M., Chambers, T., & Hales, S. (2023). When the first barrier fails: Public health and policy implications of nitrate contamination of a municipal drinking water source in Aotearoa New Zealand. Australasian Journal of Water Resources. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/13241583.2023.2272324

Baker, M., Prickett, M., Pourzand, F., Kerr, J., & Hales, S. (2023). Queenstown outbreak highlights future challenges for clean drinking water. The Briefing, (29 September). Retrieved from

Baker, M., Broadbent, A., Kerr, J., Prickett, M., Hales, S., & Wilson, N. (2023). More courage needed from our political parties: Reviewing our election series. The Briefing, (18 September). Retrieved from

Prickett, M., Chambers, T., Wilson, N., Baker, M., Broadbent, A., Kerr, J., & Hales, S. (2023). Where do the parties stand? Protecting water sources and drinking water quality. The Briefing, (28 August). Retrieved from

Huang, W., Li, S., Vogt, T., Xu, R., Tong, S., Molina, T., … Hales, S., … Guo, Y. (2023). Global short-term mortality risk and burden associated with tropical cyclones from 1980 to 2019: A multi-country time-series study. Lancet Planetary Health, 7(8). doi: 10.1016/s2542-5196(23)00143-2

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