Dr Filiz Karakas
Research Fellow - CUSSH Project
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.
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.