Dr Sari Kovats

Associate Professor

United Kingdom


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


Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


  • Research Degrees. PhD Supervisor: Supervisor for Amanda Quintana [2020-2026], Indira Bose [2021-2024], Ross Thompson [2021-2024] and Second Supervisor for Luis Baptista Mieiro [2022-2026], and Antonia Hodgson at UCL [2020-2026].
  • PhD examiner (4).
  • Completed PHDs. Lloyd SJ (2020) Modelling the relation between climate change and undernutrition at the global-level: the use of multiple perspectives to gain new insights. PhD (research paper style) thesis, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. DOI:

    Masters teaching:
  • Module Organizer Environment, Health and Sustainable Development for MSc Public Health intensive course [2010- ].
  • Stream Advisor Environmental Health stream in intensive MSc Public Health [2020-2024].


Research Area
Climate change
Environmental Health
Evidence use
Health inequalities
Maternal health
Public health
Systematic reviews

Selected Publications

Climate change, air pollution and maternal and newborn health: An overview of reviews of health outcomes.
Conway, F; Portela, A; FILIPPI, V; Chou, D; KOVATS, S;
Journal of global health
Extreme heat, pregnancy and women's well-being in Burkina Faso: an ethnographical study.
Kadio, K; FILIPPI, V; Congo, M; Scorgie, F; Roos, N; Lusambili, A; Nakstad, B; KOVATS, S; Kouanda, S;
BMJ global health
Too hot to thrive: a qualitative inquiry of community perspectives on the effect of high ambient temperature on postpartum women and neonates in Kilifi, Kenya.
Lusambili, A; KOVATS, S; Nakstad, B; FILIPPI, V; Khaemba, P; Roos, N; Part, C; Luchters, S; Chersich, M; Hess, J; Kadio, K; Scorgie, F;
BMC pediatrics
Climate change and public health indicators: scoping review
KOVATS, S; Leonardi, G; Turner, G; Israelsson, J; Murage, P; Hajat, S;
Climate change and public health indicators: scoping review
Process and outputs from a community codesign workshop on reducing impact of heat exposure on pregnant and postpartum women and newborns in Kilifi, Kenya.
Lusambili, A; Khaemba, P; Agoi, F; Oguna, M; Nakstad, B; Scorgie, F; FILIPPI, V; Hess, J; Roos, N; Chersich, M; KOVATS, S; Luchters, S;
Frontiers in public health
Implementation of adaptation to climate change in public health in Europe: qualitative thematic analysis.
TURNER, G; De'Donato, F; KOVATS, S; Hoeben, A; Nordeng, Z;
Lancet (London, England)
Chapter 5: Health, Communities and the Built Environment
KOVATS, S; Brisley, R;
The Third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Technical Report
UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report: Chapter 5, People and the Built Environment
KOVATS, S; Osborne, D;
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