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:


Damp mouldy housing and early childhood hospital admissions for acute respiratory infection: a case control studyThorax, 2019, 74, 849-857.
Mapping interactions between Sustainable Development Goals: lessonsSustainability Science, 2018, 6, 1499-1503
Tenants’ responses to substandard housing: Hidden and invisible power and the failure of rental housing regulationHousing Theory and Society, 2018
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Cold New Zealand Council Housing Getting an UpgradePolicy Quarterly, 2018, 14, 2, 65-73
Policy Changes: Kiribati migration and settlementPolicy Quarterly, 2018, 13, 2, pp.82-87
Indoor visible mold and mold odour are associated with new‐onset childhood wheeze in a dose dependent manner Indoor Air, 2018 Jan; 28(1):6-15, Aug 4 doi: 10.1111/ina.12413
Lessons learned from implementing a programme of home modifications to prevent falls amongst the general populationSafety, 2018, 4
What can fuel price increases tell us about the air pollution health co-benefits of a carbon price? Journal of Transport & Health, 2017
Measuring the Effect of Housing Quality Interventions: The Case of the New Zealand “Rental Warrant of Fitness”Int J Enviro Res Public Health, 2017,14 ,11,1352
Renting in New Zealand: perspectives from tenant advocatesKōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences, 2017
Cost-benefit analysis of fall injuries prevented by a programme of home modifications: a cluster randomised controlled trialInjury Prevention, 2017, 23, 22–26
How economic analysis can contribute to understanding the links between housing and healthInt J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Aug 31;14, 9
Impact of improved insulation and heating on mortality risk of older cohort members with prior cardiovascular or respiratory hospitalisationsBMJ Open. 2017 Nov 14;7(11)
Setting Housing Standards to Improve Global HealthInt J Environ Res Public Health 2017 Dec 9;14,12, 1542
Examining the role of tenure, household crowding and housing affordability on psychological distress using longitudinal dataJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2016, 10.1136/jech-2015-206716.
Does retrofitted insulation reduce household energy use? Theory and PracticeThe Energy Journal, 2016, 37(4)
Child and youth fuel poverty: assessing the known and unknownPeople, Place, and Policy, Special issue on International Perspectives on Fuel Poverty, 2016, 10:1, 77-87
Towards an agreed quality standard for rental housing: Development of a New Zealand housing WOF toolAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2016,40, 5, 405-411
Heating practices and self-disconnection among electricity prepayment meter consumers in New Zealand: A follow-up surveyUtilities Policy, 2016, 41, 139-147
The Application of Hirschman’s Exit-voice Framework to Housing Studies: A Review and Some Ways ForwardHousing, Theory and Society, 2016, DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2016.1188849