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Melanie Boeckmann is assistant professor for Global Sustainable Environmental Health Sciences at Bielefeld University in Germany, and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York (UK). Her climate change and health-related research deals with the evaluation of health effects of climate change adaptation, putting a focus on justice and equity considerations.

She was a JSPS Summer Program Fellow in 2013 at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in Tsukuba, Japan, and continues to collaborate with researchers in Japan on topics of SDGs, energy and health, as well as environment, food and health. Melanie has a second research focus on implementation research and on social and cultural environmental determinants of health behavior, with experience in tobacco use and tuberculosis in South Asia.

Selected publications on climate change and health

  • Gerardo S. Martinez, Cristina Linares, Ana Ayuso, Vladimir Kendrovski, Melanie Boeckmann, Julio Diaz (2019). „Heat-health action plans in Europe: Challenges ahead and how to tackle them.” Environmental Research 176:108548. DOI 10.1016/J.ENVRES.2019.108548
  • Melanie Boeckmann, Thomas Roux, Matthew Robinson, et al. (2019). “Climate Change and control of diarrheal diseases in South Africa: priorities for action.” Editorial for South African Medical Journal 109(6):359-361.
  • Melanie Boeckmann & Hajo Zeeb (2016). “Justice and equity implications of climate change adaptation: A theoretical evaluation framework.” Healthcare, 4(3):65. DOI 10.3390/healthcare4030065
  • Melanie 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
  • Chris Fook Sheng Ng, Melanie Boeckmann, Kayo Ueda, Hajo Zeeb, Hiroshi Nitta, Chiho Watanabe, Yasushi Honda (2016). “Heat-related mortality: effect modification and adaptation in Japan from 1972-2010.” Global Environmental Change, 39:234-243. DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.05.006
  • Melanie Boeckmann & Hajo 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
  • Melanie Boeckmann & T. Andrew 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
  • Melanie Boeckmann & Ines 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

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