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Dr Kristine Belesova

PhD

Assistant Professor
and Deputy Director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health

Room
229

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0) 20 7612 7847

I am an environmental epidemiologist with background in sustainable development and focus on low- and middle-income countries.

I joined LSHTM in 2013. In the past, I have held appointments at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK, Germany), Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto, Canada), United Nations University (UNU, Germany), and Latvian Environmental Investment Fund.

I have a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology from LSHTM, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and 1st Class BSc(Hons) in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews. 

Affiliations

Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Centre for Evaluation
Centre for Global Chronic Conditions
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health

Teaching

  • Deputy Module Organiser on the course Environmental Change and Global Health Policy

Previously I lectured and lead seminars on the course Basic Statistics at LSHTM and lectured on climate change, droughts, and undernutrition at Heidelberg University and on climate change and health policy at UCL.

Research

My research interests concern health and undernutrition impacts of environmental change, monitoring of systems sustaining planetary health, development and evaluation of transformative solutions for health and sustainability.

My PhD examined indirect effects of climate change on child undernutrition and mortality related to crop yield reductions among subsistence farmers in Burkina Faso. It involved epidemiological analyses of the INDEPTH health and demographic surveillance data and modelling of linkages of child survival, agricultural production, weather and global climate projections. 

I was involved in transdisciplinary participatory reserach on desiging solutions for healthy and sustainable low-income housing and settlements in Delhi, India, and Cape Town, South Africa, as a part of the Wellcome Trust funded Optihouse pilot project. Now I am working on the Wellcome Trust funded Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) consortium.

I am leading the development of a Planetary Health Watch – a system aimed at integrated monitoring of factors related to health impacts of global environmental changes, drivers of these changes, and policy responses to protect health. In collaboration with the World Resources Institute, we are convening experts and stakeholders to agree on the transdisciplinary design of the system.

I am also involved in the Lancet Countdown initiative on tracking global progress on climate change and health.

Research Area
Child health
Climate change
Health policy
Risk
Social and structural determinants of health
Systematic reviews
Agriculture
Environmental Health
Food
Global Health
Housing
Mixed methods
Natural disasters
Discipline
Development studies
Economics
Epidemiology
GIS/Spatial analysis
Nutrition
Policy analysis
Statistics
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Malnutrition
Country
Burkina Faso
China
France
United Kingdom
India
Kenya
South Africa
Region
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
Europe & Central Asia (all income levels)
Least developed countries: UN classification
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
World

Selected Publications

The 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: responding to converging crises.
Watts N; Amann M; Arnell N; Ayeb-Karlsson S; Beagley J; Belesova K; Boykoff M; Byass P; Cai W; Campbell-Lendrum D
2021
Lancet (London, England)
The COVID-19 pandemic and global environmental change: Emerging research needs.
Barouki R; Kogevinas M; Audouze K; Belesova K; Bergman A; Birnbaum L; Boekhold S; Denys S; Desseille C; Drakvik E
2020
ENVIRONMENT INTERNATIONAL
Monitoring environmental change and human health: Planetary Health Watch.
Belesova K; Haines A; Ranganathan J; Seddon J; Wilkinson P
2020
Lancet
Guidelines for Modeling and Reporting Health Effects of Climate Change Mitigation Actions.
Hess JJ; Ranadive N; Boyer C; Aleksandrowicz L; Anenberg SC; Aunan K; Belesova K; Bell ML; Bickersteth S; Bowen K
2020
Environ Health Perspect
Defining pathways to healthy sustainable urban development.
Tonne C; Adair L; Adlakha D; Anguelovski I; Belesova K; Berger M; Brelsford C; Dadvand P; Dimitrova A; Giles-Corti B
2020
Environment international
Mortality impact of low annual crop yields in a subsistence farming population of Burkina Faso under the current and a 1.5°C warmer climate in 2100.
Belesova K; Gornott C; Milner J; Sié A; Sauerborn R; Wilkinson P
2019
Science of The Total Environment
The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: ensuring that the health of a child born today is not defined by a changing climate.
Watts N; Amann M; Arnell N; Ayeb-Karlsson S; Belesova K; Boykoff M; Byass P; Cai W; Campbell-Lendrum D; Capstick S
2019
Lancet
Participatory Action Research as a Framework for Transdisciplinary Collaboration: A Pilot Study on Healthy, Sustainable, Low-Income Housing in Delhi, India.
Nix E; Paulose J; Shrubsole C; Altamirano-Medina H; Belesova K; Davies M; Khosla R; Wilkinson P
2018
Global Challenges
The 2018 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: shaping the health of nations for centuries to come.
Watts N; Amann M; Arnell N; Ayeb-Karlsson S; Belesova K; Berry H; Bouley T; Boykoff M; Byass P; Cai W
2018
LANCET
Annual Crop-Yield Variation, Child Survival, and Nutrition Among Subsistence Farmers in Burkina Faso.
Belesova K; Gasparrini A; Sié A; Sauerborn R; Wilkinson P
2017
American journal of epidemiology
Household cereal crop harvest and children's nutritional status in rural Burkina Faso.
Belesova K; Gasparrini A; Sié A; Sauerborn R; Wilkinson P
2017
Environmental health
The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health.
Watts N; Amann M; Ayeb-Karlsson S; Belesova K; Bouley T; Boykoff M; Byass P; Cai W; Campbell-Lendrum D; Chambers J
2017
Lancet
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