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Important documents relating to Healthy-Polis:


There are currently several networks and societies focusing on the broader area of urban environments and health:

  • Two UK based interests groups on cities, the Future Cities Special Interest Group and the Core Cities initiative

  • Pollutants in the Urban Environment (PUrE and PUrE-Intrawise) are consortium research projects led by the University of Manchester, involving several other UK universities, industry and government organisations. The main aim of these projects was to develop an integrated decision-support framework to enable more sustainable management of urban (PUrE) and indoor pollution (PUrE-Intrawise); see also Pure Framework

  • The Urbanism, Climate Adaptation and Health Cluster bringing together nine Australian universities focusing on seven major research projects on climate change adaptation and health in cities

  • The UK Indoor Environment Group co-ordinates and provides a focus for UK activity concerned with improving indoor environments for people

  • The EU-funded project PASTA = Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches - aims to connect transport and health by promoting active mobility in cities (i.e. walking and cycling)

Selected Publications

Bi P., Williams S., Loughnan M., Lloyd G., et al. 2011. The Effects of Extreme Heat on Human Mortality and Morbidity in Australia: Implications for Public Health. Asia Pac J Public Health. 23, 7S-13S.

Capon A.G., Synnott E.S., Holliday S., 2009. Urbanism, climate change and health: systems approaches to governance. NSW Public Health Bulletin 20, 24-28.

Dear K., 2011. Temperature-related Mortality in Australian Cities. Epidemiology 22(1), S27.

Dear K., Ranmuthugala G., Kjellstrom T., Skinner C., Hanigan I., 2005. Effects of temperature and ozone on daily mortality during the August 2003 heat wave in France. Arch Environ Occup Health 60(4), 205-12.

Grange, S.K., Dirks, K.N., Costello, S.B. Salmond, J.A. (2014) Cycleways and footpaths: What separation is needed for equivalent air pollution dose between travel modes? (Transportation Research Part D: 32, 111-119, Article number C

Haines A., McMichael A.J., et al. 2009. Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: overview and implications for policy makers. Lancet 374, 2104-2114.

Hanna E.G., Kjellstrom T., Bennett C., Dear K. 2011. Climate change and rising heat: population health implications for working people in Australia. Asia Pac J Public Health. 23(2), 14S-26S.

Heaviside C., Cai X-M., Vardoulakis S., 2014. The effects of horizontal advection on the urban heat island in Birmingham and the West Midlands, United Kingdom during a heatwave. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society DOI:10.1002/qj.2452 (in press)

Kassomenos P., Vardoulakis S., Chaloulakou A., Grivas G., Borge R., Lumbreras J., 2012. Levels, sources and seasonality of coarse particles (PM10-PM2.5) in three European capitals – implications for particulate pollution control. Atmospheric Environment 54, 337-347.

Kumar P., Robins A., Vardoulakis S., Britter R., 2010. A review of the characteristics of nanoparticles in the urban atmosphere and the prospects for developing regulatory controls. Atmospheric Environment 44, 5035-5052.

Li X., Wang C., Zhang G., Xiao L., Dixon J., 2012. Urbanisation and human health in China: spatial features and a systemic perspective. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 19, 1375-1384.

Matan A., Trubka R., Newman P., Vardoulakis S., 2012. Review of public health and productivity benefits from different urban transport and related land use options in Australia. Healthy Cities, Geelong, Australia.

Proust K., Newell B., Brown H., Capon A., Browne C., Burton A., Dixon J., Mu L., Zarafu M., 2012. Human health and climate change: Leverage points for adaptation in urban environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 9, 2134-2158.

Hajat, S., Vardoulakis, S., Heaviside, C., & Eggen, B. (2014). Climate change effects on human health: projections of temperature-related mortality for the UK during the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s. Journal of epidemiology and community health, jech-2013.

Storer, M., Salmond, J.A., Dirks, K., Kingham, S., Epton, M., Portable (2014) Selected on Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) devices and their use for pollution exposure monitoring in breath and ambient air (Journal of Breath Research, 8(3):037106-037106 doi:10.1088/1752-7155/8/3/037106 Publication Date (Web): September 2014)

Taylor J., Shrubsole C., Hamilton I., Davies M., Vardoulakis S., Dasa P., Mavrogianni A., Jones B., Oikonomou E., 2014. The modifying effect of the building envelope on population exposure to PM2.5. Indoor Air 24, 639-651

Tiwary A., Sinnett D., Peachey C., Chalabi Z., Vardoulakis S., Fletcher T., Leonardi G., et al. 2009. An integrated tool to assess the role of new planting in PM10 capture and the human health benefits: a case study in London. Environmental Pollution 157, 2645-2653.

Vardoulakis S., Dimitroulopoulou S., Thornes J.E., Lai K-M., Taylor J., Myers I., Heaviside C., Mavrogianni A., Shrubsole C., Chalabi Z., Davies M., Wilkinson P., 2015. Impact of climate change on the domestic indoor environment and associated health risks in the UK. Environment International 85, 299-313.

Vardoulakis S., Dear K., Hajat S., Heaviside C., Eggen B., McMichael A.J. 2014. Comparative assessment of the effects of climate change on heat and cold related mortality in the UK and Australia. Environmental Health Perspectives 122, 1285-1292

Vardoulakis S., Shrubsole C., Milner J., et al. 2012. Public health outcomes of climate change mitigation and adaptation policies in the built environment. Healthy Buildings 2012, 10th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Brisbane, Australia.

Vardoulakis S., Heaviside C. (Eds), 2012. Health Effect of Climate Change in the UK 2012 – Current evidence, recommendations and research gaps. Health Protection Agency. Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, UK.