Melanie Boeckmann is a public health researcher and writer based in Duesseldorf, Germany. Her climate change and health-related research dealt with the evaluation of health effects of climate change adaptation, putting a focus on justice and equity considerations. She conducted fieldwork in Japan as part of this project and was a JSPS Summer Program Fellow in 2013 at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Tsukuba, Japan.

Since completion of her PhD, Melanie has been involved in a transfer project on integrating gender into local adaptation practice in Germany. Beyond adaptation research, she has several years of experience working on European health policy and women’s health. Melanie is a regular contributor to the medical anthropology website somatosphere.net. At the moment, Melanie is focussing on behavioral health interventions, and continues to research social aspects of climate change.

Selected publications:

  • M Boeckmann. (2016). “Exploring the health context: a qualitative study of local heat and climate change adaptation in Japan.” Geoforum 73: 1–5. DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2016.04.006
  • CFS Ng, M Boeckmann, K Ueda, H Zeeb, H Nitta, C Watanabe, Y Honda. (2016). “Heat-related mortality: effect modification and adaptation in Japan from 1972-2010.” Global Environmental Change, in press.
  • M Boeckmann & H Zeeb. (2014) “Using a social justice and health framework to assess European climate change adaptation strategies.” Int J Env Res Public Health 11(12): 12389-12411. DOI 10.3390/ijerph111212389
  • M Boeckmann & TA Joyner. (2014). “Old health risks in new places? – An ecological niche model for Ixodes ricinus tick distribution in Europe under a changing climate.” Health & Place 30:70-77. DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.004
  • M Boeckmann & I Rohn. (2014). “Is heat adaptation reducing heat stroke incidence and cardiovascular mortality? A systematic review.” BMC Public Health 14:1112. DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-14-1112