Professor Shakoor Hajat


of Global Environmental Health

Room 233

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2512

After studying at UCL and the University of Leicester I began work in the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at the Royal Free and University College Medical School. Here I conducted a PhD investigating the acute effects of air pollution on health in London. More recently, I have spent time working at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver. I have continued my research interests in environmental epidemiology at LSHTM, firstly in the Epidemiology Unit in EPH, and now in the dept of Public Health, Environments and Society.

I was recently an international scholar for the Academic Fellowship Program, where my role was to facilitate academic development and curriculum reform within the Department of Community Medicine & Public Health at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine.


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


Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


I am one of the programme directors for the intensive MSc in Public Health. In addition, I am the organiser of the Basic Statistics for PHP study module. I also teach on the Environment, Health and Sustainable Development module. 


My research interests focus on the public health impacts of climate variability and climate change. I am a research theme leader for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Change and Health. I contribute to the CHAMNHA project which looks at heat stress and maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa, and also the EU-funded EMBEL project which brings together leaders in climate change and health research to enhance knowledge generation and policy advice.


Recent Publications:

Hajat S, Gampe D, Sarsour A, Abuzzer S. Climate change and diarrhoeal disease burdens in the Gaza Strip, Palestine: health impacts of 1.5°C and 2°C global warming scenarios. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Apr 18;19(8):4898.

Chen H, Zhao L, Dong W, Cheng L, Cai W, Yang J, Bao J, Liang X-Z, Hajat S, Gong P, Liang W, Huang C. Spatiotemporal variation of mortality burden attributable to heatwaves in China. Science Bulletin; in press.

Harada Y, Kishk NA, Hajat S, Akita M, Horino M, Albaik S, Naqera KA, Hababeh M, Habash R, Seita A. Adherence to UNWRA’s anaemia treatment guidelines in the Jerash Camp Health Centre, Jordan: a retrospective observational study. BMJ Open. 2022 Mar 1;12(3):e056490.

Gong J, Part C, Hajat S. Current and future burdens of heat-related dementia hospital admissions in England. Environ Int. 2022 Jan 15;159:107027.

Nichols GL, Gillingham EL, Macintyre HL, Vardoulakis S, Hajat S, Sarran CE, Amankwaah D, Phalkey R. Coronavirus seasonality, respiratory infections and weather. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 26;21(1):1101.

Erens B, Williams L, Exley J, Ettelt S, Manacorda T, Hajat S, May N. Public attitudes to and behaviours taken during hot weather by vulnerable groups: results from a national survey in England. BMC Public Health. 2021 Sep 6;21(1):1631.

Wang Q, He Y, Hajat S, Cheng J, Xu Z, Hu W, Ma W, Huang C. Temperature-sensitive morbidity indicator: consequence from the increased ambulance dispatches associated with heat and cold exposure. Int J Biometeorol. 2021 Nov;65(11):1871-1880.

Kidd SA, Hajat S, Bezgrebelna M, McKenzie K,Climate-Homelessness Working Group. The climate change-homelessness nexus. Lancet. 2021 May 8;397(10286):1693-1694

Research Area
Climate change
Public health
Environmental Health
Natural disasters
Arab World

Selected Publications

Past and projected climate change impacts on heat-related child mortality in Africa
Chapman S; Birch CE; Marsham JH; Part C; Hajat S; Chersich MF; Ebi KL; Luchters S; Nakstad B; Kovats S
Environmental Research Letters
Spatiotemporal variation of mortality burden attributable to heatwaves in China, 1979-2020.
Chen H; Zhao L; Dong W; Cheng L; Cai W; Yang J; Bao J; Liang X-Z; Hajat S; Gong P
Science bulletin
Associations between ambient temperature and risk of preterm birth in Sweden: A comparison of analytical approaches.
de Bont J; Stafoggia M; Nakstad B; Hajat S; Kovats S; Part C; Chersich M; Luchters S; Filippi V; Stephansson O
Environmental Research
Climate Change and Diarrhoeal Disease Burdens in the Gaza Strip, Palestine: Health Impacts of 1.5 °C and 2 °C Global Warming Scenarios.
Hajat S; Gampe D; Sarsour A; Abuzerr S
International journal of environmental research and public health
Adherence to UNRWA's anaemia treatment guidelines in the Jerash Camp Health Centre, Jordan: a retrospective observational study.
Harada Y; Kishk NA; Hajat S; Akita M; Horino M; Albaik S; Naqera KA; Hababeh M; Habash R; Seita A
BMJ Open
Ambient temperature during pregnancy and risk of maternal hypertensive disorders: A time-to-event study in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Part C; le Roux J; Chersich M; Sawry S; Filippi V; Roos N; Fairlie L; Nakstad B; de Bont J; Ljungman P
Environmental research
Heatwave Mortality in Summer 2020 in England: An Observational Study.
Thompson R; Landeg O; Kar-Purkayastha I; Hajat S; Kovats S; O'Connell E
International journal of environmental research and public health
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