Professor Tord Kjellstrom

MME (Stockholm), Med Dr (Stockholm)

Visiting Fellow

Australian National University, Canberra


Health and Environment International Trust, Nelson, NZ


I have more than 30 years experience as an environmental and occupational health scientist, primarily as an academic, but also as international civil servant and independent consultant. I was a university senior lecturer and later professor at the University of Auckland for 15 years, served 8 years as epidemiologist at the World Health Organization (WHO, Geneva) followed by 4 years as Director of Global and Integrated Environmental Health in the same office.

Since 2002 I have worked partly in Australia (for the Australian National University) and partly in Sweden (for the National Institute of Public Health), in addition to consultancy projects for government agencies in Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden and for WHO. My research work has produced more than 300 published reports, and I have been keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences.

My research, teaching and consultancy work has covered health issues such as: lead, cadmium and mercury poisoning; asbestos cancer; air pollution; traffic accidents; road transport; urbanisation; globalisation; sustainability; health indicators; health equity; and climate change. The current research work focuses on direct heat exposure effects in relation to climate change, total public health impacts of road transport and of urbanisation.

Global climate change and health – A new theme for research in environmental medicine

Video: Climate change impacts on occupational health

Media article: Climate change heat a greater threat than sea level rise, 7 October 2015


The sociocultural context of climate change adaptation in Australia, with a focus on hot weatherIn CD Butler, J Dixon, AG Capon eds. The health of people, places and planet, ANU Press, pp. 379-392
Quantifying the health impacts of air pollution under a changing climate - A review of approaches and methodologyInternational Journal of Biometeorology, 58, 2, 149-160, 03/2014
Energy and human healthAnnual Review of Public Health, 34, 159-188, 2013
Climate change and occupational heat problemsIndustrial Health, 2013, 51:1, 1-2
Climate change threats to population health and well-being: The imperative of protective solutions that will lastGlobal Health Action, 6, 1-9, 2013
Sustainability challenges from climate change and air conditioning use in urban areasSustainability, 5, 7, 07/2013
Heat stress, health and well-being: Findings from a large national cohort of Thai adultsBMJ Open, 2:6, 2012
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Environmental healthIn Merson MH (ed.) Global Health, 3rd edition, Jones and Bartlett, 2012
Climate change and rising heat: Population health implications for working people in AustraliaAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health / Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health, 23(2 Suppl): 14S-26S, 2011
Climate change, occupational health and workplace productivityInternational Forum on Occupational Health and Safety: Policies, Profiles and Services: 172-182, 2011
Climate change impacts on working people: How to develop prevention policiesGlobal Health Action, 3, 2010
Invited editorial: Health as a crucial driver for climate policyGlobal Health Action, 2, 2009
Global health equity and climate stabilisation - need for a common agendaThe Lancet, 372: 1677-1683, 2008
Car culture, transport policy and public healthIn Wamala S, Kawachi I., Globalization and Health. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 98-121, 2007
Urban environmental health hazards and health equityJ Urban Health, 84: i86-i97, 2007
Comparative assessment of transport risks – how it can contribute to health impact assessment of transport policiesBull of the WHO 81, 451-458, 2003
Framework for the development of environmental health indicatorsWorld Health Stats. Quarterly 48, 144-154, 1995