Kathryn works at the nexus of global environmental change, global health and governance issues. Kathryn is a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany. Prior to this role she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University. Kathryn is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where she is an associate of the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes (CAUL) Hub.

Kathryn has been the recipient of a number of research grants and awards, the most recent being an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Translating Research into Practice Fellowship. As part of this fellowship she has been working with the research and practitioner teams of a suburban Melbourne rehabilitation project to support the development of tools and mechanisms to strengthen the roll-out and scale-up of locally-based green infrastructure projects.

Kathryn is regularly requested to advise the World Health Organization (WHO) on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations, including GIZ, UNDP and UNITAR. Kathryn recently led a review of health and climate change activities within member countries of the South East Asian Region of WHO. She also currently assists least-developed countries with preparing their health and climate change project proposals for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Kathryn is an international technical advisor on an Asian Development Bank (ADB) project to strengthen resilience to the health impacts of climate change in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Lao PDR (2016-2018). She is a Lead Author (Human Health) on the UNEP’s Global Environment Report (GEO-6). Kathryn is also Deputy Coordinator, Social Aspects of Forestry Research Group, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Agency Harvest Planning as part of the Earth System Governance Project


  • Workman, A., Blashki, G., Bowen, K.J., Karoly, D.J., Wiseman, J. (2018). The political economy of health co-benefits: Embedding health in the climate change agenda. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15: 674.
  • Schwerdtle, P.,Bowen, K.J. & McMichael, C. (2018). Migration as climate adaptation and the health impacts. BMC Medicine.
  • Bowen, K.J., & Lynch, Y. (2017). New horizons: Towards assessing the health benefits of green infrastructure in the context of climate change. Special Issue: Elucidating sustainability-health Interactions.Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
  • Bowen, K.J. & Ebi, K.L. (2017). The health risks of climate change in the World Health Organization South-East Asia Region. WHO South-East Asia J Public Health. 2017;6(2):
  • Bowen, K.J., Cradock-Henry, N., Koch, F., Patterson, J., Häyhä, T., Vogt, J., & Barbi, F. (2017). Key challenges to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Collective action, trade-offs, and accountability. Special Issue: Implications of the transformative turn in environmental sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 26-27: 90-96.
  • Nguyen, QA., Miller, F., Bowen, K.J. & Sinh, B.T.(2016). Evaluating capacity for climate change adaptation in the health and water sectors in Vietnam: constraints and opportunities. Climate and Development.   DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1146118
  • Ebi, K.L., Bowen, K.J. (2016). Extreme events as sources of vulnerability: example of managing the health risks of climate variability. Weather and Climate Extremes. 11: 95-102.
  • McIver, L.J, Bowen, K.J., Iddings, S., Hanna, E. (2015). A ‘Healthy Islands’ framework for climate change in the Pacific. Health Promotion International. 1-9.
  • Bowen, K.J., Miller, F., Dany,V., Graham, S. (2015). The relevance of co-productive capacity to climate change adaptation: investigating the health and water sectors in Cambodia. Ecology & Society.20 (1):13
  • Bowen, K.J. Ebi, K. (2015). Governing the health impacts of climate change: towards multi-sector responses. Special Issue: Governing sustainability through partnerships: networks, risks and the promise of cooperation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 12: 80-85.
  • McIver, L.J., Chan, V.S., Bowen, K.J., Iddings, S.N., Hero, K., Raingsey, P.P. (2014). Review of climate change and water-related diseases in Cambodia and findings from stakeholder knowledge assessments. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1177/1010539514558059.
  • Bowen, K.J., Alexander, D., Miller, F., Dany, V. (2014). Using social network analysis to evaluate health-related adaptation decision-making in Cambodia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 11(2): 1605-1625.
  • Morrow, G., & Bowen, K.J. (2014). Accounting for health in climate change policies: A case study of Fiji. Global Health Action (7): 23550 – http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.23550.
  • Dany, V., Bowen, K.J., Miller, F. (2014). Assessing the institutional capacity to adapt to climate change: a case study in the Cambodian health and water sectors. Climate Policy DOI:10.1080/14693062.2014.937385.
  • Bowen, K.J., Ebi, K., Friel, S. & McMichael, A.J. (2013). A multi-layered governance framework for incorporating social science insights into adapting to the health impacts of climate change. Global Health Action, 6. 21820.
  • Bowen, K.J., Ebi, K.,Friel, S. (2013). Climate change mitigation and adaptation: Next steps for global health. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9458-y.
  • Miller, F. & Bowen, K.J. Questioning the assumptions: The role of vulnerability assessments in climate change adaptation (2013). Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 31(3): 190-197. DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2013.819724
  • Bowen, K.J., Miller, F., Dany, V., Friel, S., McMichael, A.J. (2013). Enabling environments? Insights into the policy context for climate change adaptation decision-making in Cambodia. Climate and Development. 5(4):277-287.
  • Bowen, K.J. & Friel, S. (2012). Climate change adaptation: Where does global health fit in the agenda? Globalization and Health. 8(10). doi:10.1186/1744-8603-8-10.
  • Bowen K.J., Friel S., Ebi K., Butler C.D., Miller F., McMichael A.J. (2012). Governing for a Healthy Population: Towards an Understanding of How Decision-Making Will Determine Our Global Health in a Changing Climate. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 9(1):55-72.
  • Friel, S., Bowen, K.J., McMichael, A.J. et al. (2011). Climate change, non communicable diseases and development: The relationships and common policy opportunities. Annual Review of Public Health. 3:133-47.
  • Berry, H., Bowen, K., Kjellstrom, T. (2010) Climate change and mental health: A causal pathways framework. International Journal of Public Health. 55(2):123-132.

Peer-reviewed book chapters:

  • 1. Ebi, K.L. & Bowen, K.J. The linkage between adaptation and health systems. In Keskitalo, C & Preston, B (Eds.) Research Handbook on Climate Change Adaptation Policy. (in preparation). Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Butler, C.D., Stott, R., Bowen, K.J., Haigh, M., Smith, B., Braidwood, M., Bowles, D.C. Climate change and health: from adaptation towards a solution. In Butler, C.D. (Ed.) Climate Change and Global Health. 2014. CABI Publishing, London, UK.
  • Bowen, K.J. From grassroots to government: the role of social connections and integrated policy responses to support our path to health in a sustainable world. In Butler, C.D., Dixon, J. & Capon, A.G. (Eds.) Healthy People, Places and Planet: Reflections based on Tony McMichael’s four decades contribution to epidemiological understanding. 2014. ANU E-Press, Canberra.
  • Bowen, K.J. & Friel, S. Health and social impacts of climate change. In Walker, Rae (Ed.) Climate Change Adaptation by Community Based Health and Social Service Organisations. CSIRO Publishing, Canberra. 2015
  • McMichael AJ, McMichael C, Berry H, Bowen K. (2010). Climate-related displacement: Health risks & responses. In Jane McAdam (Ed.) Climate Change and Displacement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 191-220.

    Associated Crosscutting Themes

  • Power

    Associated Analytical Problems

  • Agency