Dr Shakoor Hajat


Associate Professor
in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics

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 SEHR.

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


Department of Public Health, Environments and Society


I am one of the course directors for the Schools MSc in Public Health.  In addition, I am the organiser and tutor for the Basic Statistics for PHP study module.  I also teach on the face-to-face and DL versions of the Environment, Health and Sustainable Development module. 


My research interests focus on the public health impacts of climate variability and climate change.  I am currently involved in the MEDMI partnership which aims to develop linked environment and health databases as a shared resource for researchers.  I am also a research theme leader for the new NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Environmental Change and Health.


Selected Publications:

Bunker A, Wildenhain J, Vandenbergh A, Henschke N, Rocklov J, Hajat S, Sauerborn R. The effects of air temperature on climate-sensitive mortality and morbidity outcomes in the elderly; a systematic review and meta-analysis of epidemiological evidence. EBioMedicine; 2016 in press.

Seymour J, Hajat S, Gorsky M. Health, wealth and party in interwar London. Urban History; 2016 in press.

Hajat S, Gasparrini A. The Excess Winter Deaths (EWD) measure: why its use is misleading for public health understanding of cold-related health impacts. Epidemiology; 2016 in press.

Arbuthnott K, Hajat S, Heaviside C, Vardoulakis. Changes in population susceptibility to heat and cold over time: assessing adaptation to climate change. Environmental Health; 2016 in press.

Smith S, Elliot AJ,Hajat S, Bone A, Smith GE, Kovats S. Estimating the burden of heat illness in England during the 2013 summer heatwave using syndromic surveillance. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health; 2016 in press.

Hajat S, Chalabi Z, Wilkinson P, Erens B, Jones L, Mays N. Public health vulnerability to wintertime weather: time-series regression and episode analyses of national mortality and morbidity databases to inform the national Cold Weather Plan for England. Public Health; 2016 in press.

Otte im Kampe, Kovats S, Hajat S. Impact of high ambient temperature on unintentional injuries in high income countries – a narrative systematic literature review. BMJ Open; 2016 Feb 11;6(2):e010399. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010399.

Smith S, Elliot AJ,Hajat S, Bone A, Bates C, Smith GE, Kovats S. The impact of heatwaves on community morbidity and healthcare usage: a retrospective observational study using real-time syndromic surveillance. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health; 2016 Jan 16;13(1). pii: E132. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13010132.


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

Selected Publications

Public attitudes to, and behaviours taken during, hot weather by vulnerable groups: results from a national survey in England.
Erens B; Williams L; Exley J; Ettelt S; Manacorda T; Hajat S; Mays N
BMC public health
The climate change-homelessness nexus.
Kidd SA; Hajat S; Bezgrebelna M; McKenzie K; Climate-Homelessness Working Group
Lancet (London, England)
Temperature variation and preterm birth among live singleton deliveries in Shenzhen, China: A time-to-event analysis.
Li C; Bloom MS; Lin S; Ren M; Hajat S; Wang Q; Zhang W; Ho HC; Zhao Q; Lin Y
Environmental research
Maternal and newborn health risks of climate change: A call for awareness and global action.
Roos N; Kovats S; Hajat S; Filippi V; Chersich M; Luchters S; Scorgie F; Nakstad B; Stephansson O; CHAMNHA Consortium
Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica
Temperature-sensitive morbidity indicator: consequence from the increased ambulance dispatches associated with heat and cold exposure.
Wang Q; He Y; Hajat S; Cheng J; Xu Z; Hu W; Ma W; Huang C
International journal of biometeorology
Associations between high temperatures in pregnancy and risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, and stillbirths: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Chersich MF; Pham MD; Areal A; Haghighi MM; Manyuchi A; Swift CP; Wernecke B; Robinson M; Hetem R; Boeckmann M
Environmental factors associated with general practitioner consultations for allergic rhinitis in London, England: a retrospective time series analysis.
Todkill D; de Jesus Colon Gonzalez F; Morbey R; Charlett A; Hajat S; Kovats S; Osborne NJ; McInnes R; Vardoulakis S; Exley K
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