Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, QSO

MA(Hons 1), PhD, Dip Teaching, Dip Clin Psych


University of Otago


Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has conducted a number of randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work, including the Prime Minister’s Science Prize in 2014.

She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Philippa is a lead researcher on the Resilient Urban Futures research programme

Philippa's work has included:

Press coverage:


Home modifications to reduce injuries from falls in the Home Injury Prevention Intervention (HIPI) study: A cluster-randomised controlled trialLancet, 2015, 385:9964, 231-238
Home truths: Confronting New Zealand’s housing crisisBWB, 2015
Urban interventions: Understanding health co-benefits Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Urban Design and Planning, 2015, August, 168:4
Fuel poverty, policy, and equity in New Zealand: The promise of prepayment meteringEnergy Research & Social Science, 2015, 7, 99-107
Drivers of urban changeSteele Roberts, Wellington, 2015
Health co-benefits of climate change mitigation policies in the transport sectorNature Climate Change 4, 427–433 (2014)
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Housing quality and resilience in New ZealandBuilding Research and Information, 42:2, 2014, 182-190. Special issue: Resilience in the built environment
Valuing social housing needs to take a broader viewJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67:10, 803-804 (2013)
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Warm homes for older people: Aims and methods of a randomised community-based trial for people with COPDBMC Public Health, 13:176 (2013)
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Improving health, safety and energy efficiency in New Zealand through measuring and applying basic housing standardsNew Zealand Medical Journal, 126:1379, 08/2013
Understanding resilient urban futures: A systemic modelling approachSustainability, 5: 3202-3223 (2013) doi:10.3390/su5073202
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Homes people can affordSteele Roberts, Wellington, 2013
Tackling cold housing and fuel poverty in New Zealand: A review of policies, research, and health impactsEnergy Policy, 2012, 49:134-142
The effect of housing on the mental health of older people: The impact of lifetime housing history in Whitehall IIBMC Public Health, 2011, 11, 682
Improving health and energy efficiency through community-based housing interventionsInternational Journal of Public Health, 2011, 56(6):583-588
Evaluating energy, health and carbon co-benefits from improved domestic space heating: A randomised community trialEnergy Policy, 2010, 38(8):3965-3972
Assessing housing quality and its impact on health, safety and sustainabilityJournal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 2010, 64:765-771
Retrofitting houses with insulation: a cost-benefit analysis of a randomized community trialJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health 63; pp.271-277. (2009)
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Warm homes: drivers of the demand for heating in the residential sector in New ZealandEnergy Policy (2009)
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Effects of improved home heating on asthma in community dwelling children: randomised controlled trialBritish Medical Journal, September (2008)