Professor Shakoor Hajat


of Global Environmental Health

Room 233

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2512

I am a Professor of Global Environmental Health and the 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.

My other current research projects include the EU-funded ENBEL: Enhancing Belmont Research Action to support EU policy-making on climate change and health, and the Belmont Forum-funded CHAMNHA project looking at heat stress and maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa.

I am a Programme Director of the intensive MSc in Public Health and have recently contributed to the development of a new MSc in Climate Change and Planetary Health. I currently supervise 5 RD 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


I am the Module Organiser of the Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy module. I also teach on the Environmental Epidemiology and Environment, Health and Sustainable Development modules. 


My research focuses on the public health impacts of climate variability, climate change, and planetary 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.

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;

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; DOI 10.1289/EHP11766.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

Selected Publications

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
Effect of extreme temperatures on asthma hospital visits: Modification by event characteristics and healthy behaviors.
Deng S; Han A; Jin S; Wang S; Zheng J; Jalaludin BB; Hajat S; Liang W; Huang C
Environmental research
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
Climate Policy
Shelter is key to delivering on COP27 commitments.
Kidd SA; Galvao LAC; Hajat S; Bezgrebelna M; McKenzie K
Lancet (London, England)
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
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
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