Dr Filiz Karakas

Research Fellow - CUSSH Project

United Kingdom

Filiz is a Research Fellow at LSHTM, Department of Public Health, Environments and Society. She has worked in various environmental and health studies including management and assessment of environmental sustainability issues regarding climate change and health impact. Filiz currently works at LSHTM on the project, Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) led by UCL, and funded by the Wellcome Trust. In the project, she assists the development of evidence and methods for quantitative modelling of population health to examine the impact of alternative development strategies in the target cities. Apart from this project, she also works on LSHTM’s Triple C (Children, Cities and Climate) Project. She is leading a health impact model in the project to quantify the heat-related child (under-5) morbidity and mortality in the African cities with respect to future scenarios developed by various individual climate models. At LSHTM, she previously worked on the EPSRC-funded project “ASPIRE” (Advancing School Performance: Indoor environmental quality, Resilience and Educational outcomes). During this time, she developed a mathematical model to quantify the impacts of indoor environmental changes (including air pollution and temperature) on the health of schoolchildren in the UK. Additionally, she gave support for the application of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis to identify the optimum pathways for improving indoor environmental quality and learning performance in low carbon UK school buildings through policy and practice.


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


I am the Deputy Module Organiser of Environmental Change and Global Health Policy (GHM103) on the MSc Global Health Policy by Distance Learning. I also have the role of tutor on the MSc Public Health.

Furthermore, during the academic year 2021-2022, I held the position of Seminar Leader for the Environment, Health and Sustainable Development (EHSD) module.


Filiz has been involved in development of mathematical models for environmental interventions and their impacts on human health across various projects at LSHTM. Particularly, she has focused on assessing the health effects of climate change mitigation actions. Furthermore, she leaded a couple of research papers on the health impact assessment during these projects.

Research Area
Child health
Climate change
Public health
Environmental health
Mathematical modelling
Health impact analysis
Systematic reviews
Health outcomes

Selected Publications

Effects on child and adolescent health of climate change mitigation policies: A systematic review of modelling studies.
Environmental research
School building energy efficiency and NO<sub>2</sub> related risk of childhood asthma in England and Wales: Modelling study.
KARAKAS, F; Grassie, D; Schwartz, Y; Dong, J; Chalabi, Z; Mumovic, D; Mavrogianni, A; MILNER, J;
The Science of the total environment
A Multi-Criteria decision analysis framework to determine the optimal combination of energy efficiency and indoor air quality schemes for English school classrooms
KARAKAS, F; Grassie, D; Schwartz, Y; Dong, J; Bagkeris, E; Mumovic, D; MILNER, J; Chalabi, Z; Mavrogianni, A;
Energy and buildings
Quantitative analysis of healthcare waste generation and composition in Antalya, Turkey.
Coban, M; KARAKAS, F; Akbulut Coban, N;
Waste management (New York, N.Y.)
Dynamic modelling of indoor environmental conditions for future energy retrofit scenarios across the UK school building stock
Grassie, D; Dong, J; Schwartz, Y; KARAKAS, F; MILNER, J; Bagkeris, E; Chalabi, Z; Mavrogianni, A; Mumovic, D;
Journal of Building Engineering
1201 Impact of improving energy efficiency on indoor air pollution and childhood asthma in UK schools
KARAKAS, F; Grassie, D; Schwartz, Y; Dong, J; Chalabi, Z; Mumovic, D; Mavrogianni, A; Milner, J;
Climate Change Working Group
897 Impact on child health of climate change mitigation policies: a systematic review
Picetti, R; JUEL, R; Milner, J; KARAKAS, F; Wilkinson, P; Dangour, A; Hughes, R;
Climate Change Working Group
Modelling UK school performance by coupling building simulation and multi-criteria decision analysis
Grassie, D; KARAKAS, F; Schwartz, Y; Dong, J; MILNER, J; Chalabi, Z; Mavrogianni, A; Mumovic, D;
17th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, INDOOR AIR 2022
Development of a fate and transport model for biodegradation of PBDE congeners in sediments.
KARAKAS, F; Aksoy, A; Imamoglu, I;
Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)
Estimation of Anaerobic Debromination Rate Constants of PBDE Pathways Using an Anaerobic Dehalogenation Model.
KARAKAS, F; Imamoglu, I;
Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology
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