Dr Iris Blom

Research Student - MPhil/PhD - Epidemiology & Population Health

United Kingdom

Iris Blom is a Ph.D. candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, researching greenhouse gas mitigation in health care systems and its relation with adaptation 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, as a Schwarzman Scholar. She has attended the UNFCCC COP25, COP26, COP27, and the first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit to advocate for planetary health. She is the first next-generation representative on the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance and serves on the Lancet Commission on Sustainable Healthcare. She represented medical students worldwide to the World Health Organization from 2020 to 2022, during which she jointly set up the WHO Youth Council of the Director-General Dr Tedros. She now continues to support youth engagement with the WHO.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


Research Area
Climate change
Health systems
Environmental health
Health policy
Global health
United Kingdom

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
A descriptive study exploring the worldwide involvement of medical students in the COVID-19 pandemic
BLOM, IM; Martin, A; Viva, MI F; Whyatt, G; Parikh, KS; Dafallah, AA E;
Journal of Public Health and Emergency
Youth versus pandemics: the role of future generations in the pandemic treaty.
BLOM, IM; Campos, LN; El Amine Youcef Ali, M; Asyura, MM A Z; Von Metnitz, DZ; Limann, B; Janušonytė, E;
The Lancet Global Health
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, MI F; Banerjee, L;
Disaster medicine and public health preparedness
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