Health-Earth (H-Earth)

H–earth is an international and interdisciplinary network of institutions and individuals which aims to build knowledge about global change and health and develop capacity for effective responses by policymakers, practitioners and communities thereby ensuring long-term population health. Recognising, assessing, forewarning, minimising and adapting to the risks brought by global ecological and social change is vital if global population health is to be improved and to endure. The teaching of this material in schools and universities, at all levels, and to all health workers (i.e. beyond public health) is an important H-earth goal. Understanding the adverse health consequences of unchecked adverse global environmental change is also important for many other disciplines, professions, policy makers and people of all faiths.

    Health-Earth logoH-earth has five major research themes:

    • Poverty
    • Climate Change
    • Infectious Disease
    • Ecosystem disruptions
    • Security
    • Transformation


    • Colin D Butler, Honorary Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology & Pop'n Health, Australian National University; Adjunct Professor, Health Research Institute, Univ of Canberra, Principal Research Fellow, College Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Flinders University, Australia (founding co-chair)
    • Jouni Jaakkola, Director, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), WHO Collaboration Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health, University of Oulu, Finland (founding co-chair)       
    • Wael Al-Delaimy, Professor of Epidemiology and Chief of the Division of Global Health at the University of California, San Diego, USA
    • Tony Capon, Professor of Planetary Health, University of Sydney, Australia
    • Kris Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Washington, USA
    • Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar, School of Public Health & Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada
    • Andy Morse, Professor of Climate Impacts in the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool; Adjunct Professor NIHR Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections, Liverpool, UK.
    • John D. Potter, Chief Science Advisor, Ministry of Health, New Zealand, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, University of Washington; Senior Advisor to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA; Professor of Epidemiology, Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, New Zealand

    More information:
    H-Earth website

    Colin D Butler, colin.butler(a)

    Last updated: 30.1.2019