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Maria Nilsson

My research is in the field of climate change and health. My main interest is climate adaptation, climate communication and policy development.

 

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Professor at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
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5B, Målpunkt P, Försörjningsvägen 7 B, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå Universitet, 90185 Umeå

I´m a professor of Public Health, with the orientation climate change and health, based at the department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden. My PhD is in epidemiology and public health sciences and my main research focus has for many years been weather, climate and climate change and health, with a specific interest for adaptation and vulnerable populations.

 

I lead research in low to high income countries, some examples of topics of doctoral students over the years: heat exposure and health outcomes in Costa Rican sugarcane harvesters, weather and weather extremes in association to mental health in Vietnam, climate change aspects on health in northern Sweden, household mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and dengue risk communication in local Indonesian communities understanding knowledge, attitudes, and practice to improve action. In recent years I have started a research line on climate change communication and behavior change and lead a WP in the Horizon project Catalyse on the topic, starting in 2022.

 

I was co-author and the integrating editor for health in the 2015 "Lancet Commission - Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health". Since the start of the global “Lancet Countdown 2030 on Health and Climate Change" in 2016 I have co-led the working group on adaptation, planning, and resilience for health. In September 2021 I became the chair of the new initiative Lancet Countdown in Europe, established as a research collaboration with the mission to monitor health and climate change with annual updates for the region. The Lancet Countdown in Europe is a partner organisation of the European Climate and Health Observatory, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency.

 

In connection to my projects, I am engaged in knowledge translation to increase awareness and understanding of climate change and health impacts, working actively to feed research evidence into policy and practice.  

 

I was awarded a fellowship in 2017 for global health leadership from the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT), under the auspices of the Swedish Royal academy of Sciences. I was invited as a member of two Working Groups of the European Academies Science Advisory Council in 2018 – 2021, one on climate change and health and one on decarbonisation of buildings. In 2022 I became a member of the health committee of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences. In 2022 I was nominated to the Frontiers Planet Prize by Umeå University.

 

I am the Editor in Chief for the science journal Global Health Action. Under my leadership the journal seeks to contribute a concrete, hands-on approach to addressing the global health challenges brought to the fore by the impact of globalization.

 

I have publications in high impact journals such as the Lancet, Lancet Planetary health, Lancet Public Health, and the BMJ.

Global Health Action, Taylor & Francis 2022, Vol. 15, (1)
Atusingwize, Edwinah; Nilsson, Maria; Egan Sjölander, Annika; et al.
Preventive Medicine, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 155
Beeres, Dorien; Arnö, Elin; Pulkki-Brännström, Anni-Maria; et al.
BMJ Global Health, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2022, Vol. 7, (6)
Dasandi, Niheer; Cai, Wenjia; Friberg, Peter; et al.
BMJ. British Medical Journal, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2022, Vol. 376
Nilsson, Maria; Emilsson, Cecilia; Jonsson, Annie; et al.
Umeå universitet & Karolinska institutet 2022
Nilsson, Maria; Galanti, Rosaria; Pulkki-Brännström, Anni-Maria
The Lancet, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 400, (10363) : 1619-1654
Romanello, Marina; Di Napoli, Claudia; Drummond, Paul; et al.
The Lancet Public Health, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 7, (11) : e942-e965
van Daalen, Kim R.; Romanello, Marina; Rocklöv, Joacim; et al.
The Lancet Planetary Health, Vol. 6, (6) : e504-e523
van Daalen, Kim Robin; Kallesøe, Sarah Savić; Davey, Fiona; et al.
EASAC policy report, 43
European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC),
The Lancet Planetary Health, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 5, (3) : e164-e175
Helldén, Daniel; Andersson, Camilla; Nilsson, Maria; et al.
Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, Socialmedicinsk tidskrift 2021, Vol. 98, (2) : 267-275
Nilsson, Maria
BMJ. British Medical Journal, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2021, Vol. 372
Nilsson, Maria; Ebi, Kristie L; Campbell-Lendrum, Diarmid; et al.
Global Health Action, Taylor & Francis 2021, Vol. 14
Nilsson, Maria; Sie, Ali; Muindi, Kanyiva; et al.
BMJ Open, BMJ Publishing Group Ltd 2021, Vol. 11, (8)
Pulkki-Brännström, Anni-Maria; Galanti, Maria R.; Nilsson, Maria
Climatic Change, Switzerland: Springer 2021, Vol. 165
Richardsen Moberg, Karen; Sovacool, Benjamin K.; Goritz, Alexandra; et al.
The Lancet, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 398, (10311) : 1619-1662
Romanello, Marina; McGushin, Alice; Di Napoli, Claudia; et al.
The Lancet Public Health, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 6, (11) : e858-e865
Romanello, Marina; van Daalen, Kim; Anto, Josep M.; et al.
Frontiers in Sociology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2021, Vol. 6
Schröders, Julia; Nichter, Mark; San Sebastian, Miguel; et al.
Global Health Action, Taylor & Francis 2021, Vol. 14, (1)
Wall, Stig; Emmelin, Maria; Krantz, Ingela; et al.
The Lancet, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 397, (10269) : 129-170
Watts, Nick; Amann, Markus; Arnell, Nigel; et al.
Göteborg: Göteborgs universitet 2020
Fagerberg, Björn; Forsberg, Bertil; Hammarstrand, Sofia; et al.
JMIR Research Protocols, Vol. 9, (10)
Galanti, Maria Rosaria; Pulkki-Brännström, Anni-Maria; Nilsson, Maria
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI 2020, Vol. 17, (4)
Herrmann, Alina; Sauerborn, Rainer; Nilsson, Maria
International Journal for Equity in Health, BioMed Central 2020, Vol. 19, (1)
Schröders, Julia; Dewi, Fatwa Sari Tetra; Nilsson, Maria; et al.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2020, Vol. 103, (1) : 120-131
Sulistyawati, Sulistyawati; Nilsson, Maria; Ekasari, Marlita Putri; et al.
Energy Research & Social Science, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 52 : 144-158
Dubouis, Ghislain; Sovacool, Benjamin; Aall, Carlo; et al.
EASAC policy report, 38
European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC),
Substance Use & Misuse, Taylor & Francis Group 2019, Vol. 54, (3) : 514-524
Ramji, Rathi; Nilsson, Maria; Arnetz, Bengt; et al.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, MDPI 2019, Vol. 16, (6)
Sulistyawati, Sulistyawati; Dwi Astuti, Fardhiasih; Rahmah Umniyati, Sitti; et al.
The Lancet, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 394, (10211) : 1836-1878
Watts, Nick; Amann, Markus; Arnell, Nigel; et al.
Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, Socialmedicinsk tidskrift 2018, Vol. 95, (4) : 421-433
Boij, A; Nilsson, Maria; Tillgren, P
Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, Vol. 95, (2) : 199-205
Friberg, P; Alfvén, T; Helldén, D; et al.
Population and environment, Springer 2018, Vol. 40, (1) : 67-91
Furberg, Maria; Hondula, David; Saha, Michael; et al.
European Journal of Public Health, Oxford University Press 2018, Vol. 28 : 170-170
Herrmann, A.; Amelung, D.; Fischer, H.; et al.
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, Sage Publications 2018, Vol. 46, (8) : 867-876
Ramji, Rathi; Arnetz, Bengt; Nilsson, Maria; et al.
Sustainability, MDPI 2018, Vol. 10, (11)
Sköld, Bore; Baltruszewicz, Marta; Aall, Carlo; et al.
The Lancet, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 392, (10163) : 2479-2514
Watts, Nick; Amann, Markus; Arnell, Nigel; et al.
The Lancet, Elsevier 2018, Vol. 391, (10120) : 581-630
Watts, Nick; Amann, Markus; Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja; et al.
PLOS ONE, Public Library Science 2017, Vol. 12, (6)
Schröders, Julia; Wall, Stig; Hakimi, Mohammad; et al.
The Lancet, Vol. 389, (10074) : 1151-1164
Watts, Nick; Adger, W Neil; Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja; et al.
PLOS ONE, Vol. 11, (5)
Trang, Phan Minh; Rocklöv, Joacim; Giang, Kim Bao; et al.
Global Health Action, Vol. 9
Trang, Phan Minh; Rocklöv, Joacim; Giang, Kim Bao; et al.
Journal of Advanced Nursing, John Wiley & Sons 2015, Vol. 71, (8) : 1883-1891
Anåker, Anna; Nilsson, Maria; Holmner, Åsa; et al.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, John Wiley & Sons 2015, Vol. 58, (5) : 541-548
Crowe, Jennifer; Nilsson, Maria; Kjellstrom, Tord; et al.
BMC Research Notes, BioMed Central 2015, Vol. 8
Ramji, Rathi; Arnetz, Judy; Nilsson, Maria; et al.
Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health, JSciMed Central 2015, Vol. 3, (1)
Trang, Phan Minh; Rocklöv, Joacim; Giang, Kim Bao; et al.
The Lancet, Vol. 386, (10006) : 1861-1914
Watts, Nick; Adger, W Neil; Agnolucci, Paolo; et al.
Umeå University in key role in Lancet Countdown Europe

Professor Maria Nilsson has a leading role as chair.