Dr Sari Kovats


Associate Professor

Room 233

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44(0)20 7927 2962

Sari Kovats is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. She has been researching the effects of weather, climate and climate change on human health for more than 20 years and has published widely on this topic. Her particular areas of interest include health impact assessment of climate change and epidemiological studies of the effects of climate, weather and weather events in urban and rural populations.

Sari is the Consortium lead for the Belmont funded project CHAMNHA - Climate, Heat and Maternal and Neonatal Health in Africa

Sari is the Knowledge Mobilisation lead for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Environmental Change and Health, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in partnership with Public Health England (PHE). It is an interdisciplinary research collaboration involving UCL and the Met Office. HPRU research addresses the emerging health effects of large scale changes in our environment and will evaluate public health responses for addressing climate change.

Sari has been employed by LSHTM since 1994 when she joined the Dept of Epidemiology and Population Health to work as a research assistant on one of the first comprehensive books on climate change and health: McMichael AJ, Haines A, Slooff R, and Kovats S, eds. Climate Change and Human Health: an assessment prepared by a Task Group on behalf of the World Health Organization, the World Meteorological Organization, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Geneva, WHO, 1996 [WHO/EHG/96.7].  In 1997, Sari was promoted to Research Fellow and in 2003 to Lecturer, and in 2010 to Senior Lecturer. Sari has a Masters Degree in Social Policy from the SouthBank University in London and completed a part-time PhD in epidemiology in 2010 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Sari was the co-Coordinating Lead Author for Chapter 23 on Europe in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC 2014). Sari is currently co-author of the evidence review of the UK Third Climate Change Risk Assessment, to be published in 2021. 


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


Sari teaches postgraduates in the field of climate change, sustainable development and public health.

Sari organises the Module "Environment, Health and Sustainable Development" for the in-house MSc Public Health at LSHTM. She tutors students on the MSc Public Health course and supervises two PhD students. Dr Kovats co-edited the book "Environment, Health and Sustainable Development" published by Open University Press in 2017. 


Current Research Projects include

  • CHAMNHA [Climate, Heat, and Maternal and Neonatal Health in Africa]
  • NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Change and Health [2020--25]
  • Evidence Report for the UK's Third Climate Change Risk Assessment


Research Area
Climate change
Health inequalities
Public health
Systematic reviews
Capacity strengthening
Environmental Health
Natural disasters

Selected Publications

Seasonality and the effects of weather on Campylobacter infections.
Djennad A; Lo Iacono G; Sarran C; Lane C; Elson R; Höser C; Lake IR; Colón-González FJ; Kovats S; Semenza JC
BMC Infectious Diseases
Coastal flooding and frontline health care services: challenges for flood risk resilience in the English health care system.
Landeg O; Whitman G; Walker-Springett K; Butler C; Bone A; Kovats S
Journal of health services research & policy
Effect of Insurance-Related Factors on the Association between Flooding and Mental Health Outcomes.
Mulchandani R; Smith M; Armstrong B; English National Study of Flooding and Health Study Group; Beck CR; Oliver I
International journal of environmental research and public health
Greenhouse gas emissions reduction in different economic sectors: Mitigation measures, health co-benefits, knowledge gaps, and policy implications.
Gao J; Hou H; Zhai Y; Woodward A; Vardoulakis S; Kovats S; Wilkinson P; Li L; Song X; Xu L
Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex
Public health co-benefits of greenhouse gas emissions reduction: A systematic review.
Gao J; Kovats S; Vardoulakis S; Wilkinson P; Woodward A; Li J; Gu S; Liu X; Wu H; Wang J
The Science of the total environment
The English National Cohort Study of Flooding and Health: the change in the prevalence of psychological morbidity at year two.
Jermacane D; Waite TD; Beck CR; Bone A; Amlôt R; Reacher M; Kovats S; Armstrong B; Leonardi G; James Rubin G
BMC public health
A Global-Level Model of the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Child Stunting via Income and Food Price in 2030.
Lloyd SJ; Bangalore M; Chalabi Z; Kovats RS; Hallegatte S; Rozenberg J; Valin H; Havlík P
Environmental health perspectives
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