Dr Iris Blom


Research Degree Student
of Epidemiology & Population Health

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

Iris Blom is a 26-year old PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researching how to create health systems more sustainable and resilient in the context of climate change. She is a medical doctor from the Netherlands with a Master's Degree in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Iris has attended the COP25, COP26 and the first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit to advocate for health and published twice in the Lancet Planetary Health, underlining the importance of this relationship.   Moreover, Iris represents 1.3 million medical students to the World Health Organization and works to ensure the meaningful engagement of youth voices at the highest level of global health decision making as the Liaison Officer to the World Health Organization at the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA) from 2020-2022 and she is part of the very first Steering Committee of the World Health Organization Youth Council.


Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Population Health


Environmentally sustainable health care systems with resilience to climate change

Research Area
Climate change
Health policy
Health systems
Environmental Health
Global Health
Social Policy

Selected Publications

Putting planetary health at the core of the medical curriculum in Amsterdam.
Blom IM; Rupp I; de Graaf IM; Kapitein B; Timmermans A; Sperna Weiland NH
The Lancet. Planetary health
Assessing the inclusion of health in national climate commitments: Towards accountability for planetary health✰
Beagley J; van Daalen KR; Castillo BP; Jung L; Wyns A; Mattijsen JC; Blom IM; Omrani OE; Miller J
The Journal of Climate Change and Health
Youth versus pandemics: the role of future generations in the pandemic treaty.
Blom IM; Campos LN; El Amine Youcef Ali M; Asyura MMAZ; von Metnitz DZ; Limann B; Janušonytė E
The Lancet Global Health
A descriptive study exploring the worldwide involvement of medical students in the COVID-19 pandemic
Blom IM; Martin A; Viva MIF; Whyatt G; Parikh KS; Dafallah AAE
Journal of Public Health and Emergency
A Rapid Systematic Review Exploring the Involvement of Medical Students in Pandemics and Other Global Health Emergencies.
Martin A; Blom IM; Whyatt G; Shaunak R; Viva MIF; Banerjee L
Disaster medicine and public health preparedness
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