Professor Alistair Woodward

PhD (epidemiology)

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

University of Auckland


Alistair is a medical graduate and public health medicine specialist, with particular interest in environmental health. He has worked on aspects of air quality, including second hand smoke and outdoor pollutants, radiation and health, and climate and climate change. Recently his research has focussed on the links between transport and health.

He has worked for the World Health Organization throughout the Pacific, and was on the writing team of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is coordinating lead author of the health chapter in the IPCC report, Climate change 2014: Impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability. Since 2009 he has been an editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Alistair is a researcher in the Resilient Urban Futures programme.

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Increasing active travel: Results of a quasi-experimental study of an intervention to encourage walking and cyclingJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2015, 69, 1184-1190
The societal costs and benefits of commuter bicycling: Simulating the effects of specific policies using system dynamics modelingEnviron Health Perspect. (2014)
Climate change and health: On the latest IPCC reportThe Lancet, 383: 9924, pp. 1185 – 1189, 5 April 2014
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Climate change 2014: Impacts, adaptation, and vulnerabilityDownload or view online
What influences the association between previous and future crashes among cyclists? A propensity score analysisPLoS One, 9:1, 2014
Heat, cold and climate changeJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2014) 10.1136/jech-2014-204040
Increasing active travel: Aims, methods and baseline measures of a quasi-experimental study BMC Public Health, 2014, 14, 935
Global environmental change and disease dynamicsIn Dogra N, Srivasta S. (eds.), Climate change and disease dynamics in India, 2011, p1-10, New Delhi, TERI Press
Regional variations in pedal cyclist injuries in New Zealand: safety in numbers or risk in scarcity?Aust N Z J Public Health, 2011, 35(4): 357-363
Estimating the global public health implications of electricity and coal consumptionEnviron Health Persp, 2011, 119(6): 821-826
Moving urban trips from cars to bicycles: impact on health and emissionsAust N Z J Public Health, 2011, 35 (1): 54-60
Adapting to climate change to sustain healthReview in Wires Clim Change, 2011, 2(2): 271-282
Brain tumour risk in relation to mobile telephone use: results of the INTERPHONE international case-control studyInternational Journal of Epidemiology 2010, 39(3):675-94
Second-hand smoke: assessing the environmental burden of disease at national and local levelsWHO Environmental Burden of Disease Series, No. 18. Geneva, World Health Organization, Geneva
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Climate science, denial and the Declaration of DelhiNZ Med J 2009, 122 No 1307
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Cycling and walking to work in New Zealand, 1991-2006: regional and individual differences, and pointers to effective interventionsInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2009, 6:64
Impact on public health of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: urban land transportLancet 2009