Sir Andy Haines


Environmental Change and Public Health

Room T/205

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

020 7927 2938

020 7323 4562

I am Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Dept of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population Health. I  was previously Director (originally Dean) of LSHTM for nearly 10 years up to October 2010, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL between 1987-2000. I worked part-time as a general practitioner in North London for many years.

Between 1993-6 I was on secondment as Director of Research & Development at the NHS Executive, North Thames and I was consultant epidemiologist at  the MRC Epidemiology and Medical Care Unit between 1980-7.  I have also worked internationally in Nepal, Jamaica, Canada and the USA.

I have been a member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group ( chair) and the MRC Strategy Group. I was formerly chair of the Universities UK Health and Social Care Policy Committee and a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. In recent years my research focus has been on the effects of environmental change on health and the impact of policies to adapt to or mitigate these changes.  I was a member of Working Group 2 of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the second and third assessment reports and review editor of the health chapter in the fifth assessment report. I chaired the Scientific Advisory Panel for the 2013 WHO World Health Report on Research for Universal Health Coverage. In 2014/2015 I chaired the Rockefeller Foundation/Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and I co-chaired the development group for the Health Knowledge Action Network of Future Earth.   I sit on a number of other national and international committees.


Public Health, Environments and Society
Department of Population Health


Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


I lecture on the Global Health lecture series as well as on a number of other courses.


My research interests are currently on the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of climate change and the health co-benefits of the low carbon economy.

I chaired an international task force on climate change mitigation and public health which published a series of articles in the Lancet in 2009 and the Rockefeller Foundation /Lancet Commission on Planetary Health which published its report in 2015. My recent research included the study of the health co-benefits and economic impacts of low carbon policies in the transport, food and agriculture and housing sectors. I was a co-investigator on a MRC/NERC project to link environmental and health data in the UK.I am involved in Wellcome Trust funded research on severe heat stress exposure under climate change, sustainable diets /food systems and healthy sustainable cities.  I was co-chair of the European Academies Science Advisory Committee working group on climate change and health in Europe which published its report in June 2019.


Research Area
Climate change
Complex interventions
Health policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Environmental Health
Disease and Health Conditions
Non-communicable diseases

Selected Publications

Effects of fossil fuel and total anthropogenic emission removal on public health and climate.
Lelieveld J; Klingmüller K; Pozzer A; Burnett RT; Haines A; Ramanathan V
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Implications for workability and survivability in populations exposed to extreme heat under climate change: a modelling study.
Andrews O; Le Quéré C; Kjellstrom T; Lemke B; Haines A
The Lancet. Planetary health
Effect of environmental changes on vegetable and legume yields and nutritional quality.
Scheelbeek PFD; Bird FA; Tuomisto HL; Green R; Harris FB; Joy EJM; Chalabi Z; Allen E; Haines A; Dangour AD
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Drinking Water Salinity and Raised Blood Pressure: Evidence from a Cohort Study in Coastal Bangladesh.
Scheelbeek PFD; Chowdhury MAH; Haines A; Alam DS; Hoque MA; Butler AP; Khan AE; Mojumder SK; Blangiardo MAG; Elliott P
Environmental health perspectives
Health effects of adopting low greenhouse gas emission diets in the UK.
Milner J; Green R; Dangour AD; Haines A; Chalabi Z; Spadaro J; Markandya A; Wilkinson P
BMJ open
Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: overview and implications for policy makers.
Haines A; McMichael AJ; Smith KR; Roberts I; Woodcock J; Markandya A; Armstrong BG; Campbell-Lendrum D; Dangour AD; Davies M
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