Dr Kathryn Bowen



Kathryn is a Senior Research Fellow working at the nexus of global environmental change, global health and governance issues. She holds a PhD (ANU), MSc (International Health) (Humboldt & Frei Universities, Berlin) and BA/Psyc (Hons) (Newcastle).

Kathryn has worked in global health research and policy since 1999, across public, private and university sectors. She is a Research Fellow within the Earth System Governance project, and a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

Kathryn currently holds an NHMRC TRIP (Translating Research into Practice) Fellowship (2016-2018), where she is investigating ways to strengthen the implementation of public health and climate change policies and measures in Australia.

Kathryn consults to the WHO on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations. She was a researcher on a four-year study funded by AusAID, which investigated the factors that influence the development of public health adaptive capacity in the Asia Pacific. Kathryn recently completed a review of the member countries within the South East Asian Region of the WHO - focusing on climate change activities and preparations for future programs and policies. She is an international expert on a Asian Development Bank project to strengthen resilience to the health impacts of climate change in Cambodia, Viet Nam and Lao PDR (2016-2018). 

Along with five friends, she was a founding board member of Just Change, a climate change and equity organisation and she sits on an environment advisory committee for the City of Melbourne. Kathryn is an editor of the journal Globalization and Health, and is a reviewer for many journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Global Health Action, Environmental Research Letters among others.

Kathryn is committed to being part of a solutions-focused sustainability community working to harness skills and passion to support global development that is truly sustainable, healthy and equitable.


Research interests

  • Climate change and health
  • Asia Pacific 
  • Governance as a determinant of adaptive capacity in relation to global environmental change
  • Climate change adaptation and decision-making processes
  • Links between vulnerability assessments and adaptation activities
  • Health equity and the effects of climate change

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