Dr Kristine Belesova
and Deputy Director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health
15-17 Tavistock Place
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, Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and 1st Class BSc(Hons) in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews.
- 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.
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.