Prof Shakoor Hajat

Professor of Global Environmental Health

United Kingdom

Professor of Global Environmental Health

Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Change and Health which undertakes high-quality research to improve understanding of the health impacts of climate change and other environmental challenges, the actions needed to protect UK public health, and the opportunities for improving health of policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions:

Committee member of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health

Member of the Global Climate-Homelessness Network

Editorial board member for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Currently supervising 3 research degree students.


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


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


Programme Director of the intensive MSc Public Health programme

Module organiser Basic Statistics for PHP

Lecturer on the Basic Statistics for PHP and Environmental Epidemiology modules

Contributed to the development of the new MSc Climate Change and Planetary Health programme


Climate Change, Planetary Health, Environmental Health.

Recent publications:

Bezgrebelna M, Hajat S, Njenga S, Settembrino MR, Vickery J, Kidd SA. Neoliberalism, Climate Change, and Displaced and Homeless Populations: Exploring Interactions through Case Studies. Humanity and Society; 2023, in press.

Singh T, Jalaludin B, Hajat S, Morgan GG, Meissner K, Kaldor J, Green D, Jegasothy E. Acute Air Pollution and Temperature Exposure as Independent and Joint Triggers of Spontaneous Preterm Birth in New South Wales, Australia: A Time-to-Event Analysis. Frontiers in Public Health; in press.

Zhang Y, Han A, Deng S, Wang X, Zhang H, Hajat S, Ji JS, Liang W, Huang C. The impact of fossil fuel combustion on children’s health and the associated losses of human capital. Global Transitions; 2023;

Bonell A, Part C, Okomo U, Cole R, Hajat S, Kovats S, Sferruzzi-Perri A, Hirst J. An expert review of environmental heat exposure and stillbirth in the face of climate change: clinical implications and priority issues. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology; 2023: doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.17622.

Kidd SA, Gong J, Massazza A, Bezgrebelna M, Zhang Y, Hajat, S. Climate change and its implications for developing brains – In utero to youth: A scoping review. The Journal of Climate Change and Health; 2023:

Lloyd SJ, Quijal-Zamorano M, Achebak H, Hajat S, Muttarak R, Striessnig E, Ballester J. The direct and indirect influences of interrelated regional-level sociodemographic factors on heat-attributable mortality in Europe: insights for adaptation strategies. Environmental Health Perspectives; 2023; in press. DOI 10.1289/EHP11766.

Hajat S, Sarran C, Bezgrebelna M, Kidd SA. Ambient temperature and emergency hospital admissions in people experiencing homelessness in London, UK, 2011-2019. American Journal of Public Health; 2023; doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2023.307351.

Kidd SA, Galvao LAC, Hajat S, Bezgrebelna M, McKenzie K. Shelter is key to delivering on COP27 commitments. Lancet; 2023; doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(23)00722-5.

Kidd S, Bezgrebelna M, Hajat S, Keevers L, Ravindran A, Stergiopoulos V, Wells S, Yamamoto S, Galvao LA, Hale M, Njengah S, Settembrino M, Vickery J, McKenzie K. A Response Framework for Addressing the Risks of Climate Change for Homeless Populations. Climate Policy; 2023;

Deng S, Han A, Jin S, Shuang W, Zheng J, Jalaludin BB, Hajat S, Liang W, Huang C. Effect of extreme temperatures on asthma hospital visits: modification by event characteristics and healthy behaviours. Environmental Research; 2023; doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.115679.

Cole R, Hajat S, Murage P, Heaviside C, Macintyre H, Davies M, Wilkinson P. The contribution of demographic changes to future heat-related health burdens under climate change scenarios. Environment International; 2023; doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2023.107836. 

Hajat S, Proestos Y, Araya-Lopez J-L, Economou T, Lelieveld J. Current and future trends in heat-related mortality in the MENA region: a health impact assessment with bias-adjusted statistically downscaled CMIP6 (SSP-based) data and Bayesian inference. Lancet Planetary Health; 2023: doi: 10.1016/S2542-5196(23)00045-1.

Research Area
Climate change
Environmental health
Planetary health
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Indicators to support local public health to reduce the impacts of heat on health.
MURAGE, P; HAJAT, S; Macintyre, HL; Leonardi, GS; Ratwatte, P; Wehling, H; Petrou, G; Higlett, M; Hands, A; KOVATS, S;
Environment international
Implementation of climate adaptation in the public health sector in Europe: qualitative thematic analysis.
TURNER, GA; De'Donato, F; Hoeben, AD; Nordeng, Z; Coleman, S; Otto, IM; HAJAT, S; Kovats, S;
European journal of public health
Acute air pollution and temperature exposure as independent and joint triggers of spontaneous preterm birth in New South Wales, Australia: a time-to-event analysis.
Singh, T; Jalaludin, B; HAJAT, S; Morgan, GG; Meissner, K; Kaldor, J; Green, D; Jegasothy, E;
Frontiers in public health
Correction: Temperature‑related mortality and associated vulnerabilities: evidence from Scotland using extended time‑series datasets.
WAN, K; Feng, Z; HAJAT, S; Doherty, RM;
Environmental health : a global access science source
The Direct and Indirect Influences of Interrelated Regional-Level Sociodemographic Factors on Heat-Attributable Mortality in Europe: Insights for Adaptation Strategies.
Lloyd, SJ; Quijal-Zamorano, M; Achebak, H; HAJAT, S; Muttarak, R; Striessnig, E; Ballester, J;
Environmental health perspectives
An expert review of environmental heat exposure and stillbirth in the face of climate change: Clinical implications and priority issues.
BONELL, A; PART, C; OKOMO, U; COLE, R; HAJAT, S; KOVATS, S; Sferruzzi-Perri, AN; Hirst, JE;
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Climate change and its implications for developing brains – In utero to youth: A scoping review
Kidd, SA; Gong, J; Massazza, A; Bezgrebelna, M; Zhang, Y; HAJAT, S;
The Journal of Climate Change and Health
Ambient Temperature and Emergency Hospital Admissions in People Experiencing Homelessness: London, United Kingdom, 2011-2019.
HAJAT, S; Sarran, CE; Bezgrebelna, M; Kidd, SA;
American journal of public health
Shelter is key to delivering on COP27 commitments.
Kidd, SA; Galvao, LA C; HAJAT, S; Bezgrebelna, M; McKenzie, K;
Lancet (London, England)
A response framework for addressing the risks of climate change for homeless populations
Kidd, SA; Bezgrebelna, M; HAJAT, S; Keevers, L; Ravindran, A; Stergiopoulos, V; Wells, S; Yamamoto, S; Galvao, LA; Hale, M; Njengah, S; Settembrino, M; Vickery, J; McKenzie, K;
Climate Policy
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