Jouni Jaakkola

Jouni J. K. Jaakkola


Professor, Director
Public Health

236 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 10039 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 280 citations. The author has a h-index of 62.00. (Scopus 9.4.2019)


Jouni Jaakkola has since 1980’s conducted research into environment and health in populations applying epidemiologic methods and combining multidisciplinary collaboration. He has contributed to theory and practice of exposure assessment applying both biomarkers of exposure, effects and effect modification.

Jaakkola has a wide experience in leading multidisciplinary studies of the health effects of environmental factors in indoor environments, ambient air, water and soil. He has directed several international multidisciplinary research centers; in early 1990s he established the Environmental Epidemiology Unit at Uni Helsinki; in 1998 he was a founder and co-director of Johns Hopkins Center of Childhood Asthma in Urban Environments; 2003 to 2008 he served as director of the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Uni Birmingham, UK; and in 2008 he established CERH at Uni Oulu. Jaakkola has combined academic and societal activities for the global public health mission. He served as Director of WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health at Uni Birmingham 2003-2008 and as Director of WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health 2014-.

Research interests

  • environmental health
  • public health
  • climate change and health
  • environmental epidemiology
  • indoor environment
  • ambient air pollution
  • pollen

Most Important Research Funding, last 10 years

  • 2019 Valtioneuvosto, Finnish government’s analysis, assessment and research activities VN TEAS: SAAMI – Adaptation of Saami people to the climate change (PI, 150 000 €)
  • 2018-2019 EU Union Civil Protection Mechanism: EXTReme tEMperature Alerts for Europe (WP co-leader, 85 042€)
  • 2017-2021 Academy of Finland Consortium: Global health risks related to atmospheric composition and weather (GLORIA) (Director, PI, 100 000€)
  • 2017-2020 Finnish Cultural Foundation, The climate change adaptation of Saami people and the development of holistic indicators to study and monitor Saami well-being and influences of climate change (PI, 150 000€)
  • 2017-2018 The Research Foundation of the Pulmonary Diseases, Air pollution, pollen, weather and asthma in the changing climate (PI, 15 000€)
  • 2013–2017 Academy of Finland Consortium: The Influence of Air Pollution, Pollen and Ambient Temperature on Asthma and Allergies in Changing Climate (APTA). (Director, PI, 840 000 €)
  • 2008–2013 Academy of Finland, Consortium: Climate change, air quality and housing - future challenges to public health. (Consortium leader Pekkanen 1,4 M Euros). Leader of Sub-project “Climate change, housing and public health” (170 000 €)

Selected Consultations and Committee Memberships

  • 2010 Advisor for WHO-EURO
  • 2006 Advisor for PAHO, Santiago de Chile. Environmental Health Indicators in Air Pollution Management
  • 2004–2005 House of Commons, Work Pensions Select Committee, United Kingdom
  • 2002 Advisor for WHO-EURO. National Environmental Performance Review of Georgia
  • 2001 Reviewer of grant applications for the Academy of Finland
  • 2001 Reviewer of grant applications for Health Effects Institute; Boston, MA
  • 1997 Member of a WHO Working Group on Exposure Assessment to Pollutants in Indoor Environments
  • 1991–94 Member of European Union COST-613 Working Group on Intervention Studies - Sick Building Syndrome

Social media

Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Member, Finnish Expert Panel on Sustainable Development 2019-
  • Director, WHO Collaborating Centre in Global Change, Environment and Public Health, University of Oulu, 2014–
  • Dean for Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 2010-2013
  • Director, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu, 2008-
  • Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health, University of Birmingham, UK, 2003–2008

Research groups

  • Director, Professor, Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH)
  • Research group leader, Medical Research Center Oulu

Selected publications

  • Gasparrini, A.; Guo, Y.; Sera, F.; Vicedo-Cabrera, A. M.; Huber, V.; Tong, S.; de Sousa Zanotti Stagliorio Coelho, M.; Nascimento Saldiva, P. H.; Lavigne, E.; Matus Correa, P.; Valdes Ortega, N.; Kan, H.; Osorio, S.; Kyselý, J.; Urban, A.; Jaakkola, J. J. K.; Ryti, N. R. I.; Pascal, M.; Goodman, P. G.; Zeka, A. (2017) Projections of temperature-related excess mortality under climate change scenarios. - The Lancet Planetary Health 1 (9), e360-367 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Vicedo-Cabrera, Ana Maria; Guo, Yuming; Sera, Francesco; Huber, Veronika; Schleussner, Carl-Friedrich; Mitchell, Dann; Tong, Shilu; Zanotti Stagliorio Coelho, Micheline de Sousa; Nascimento Saldiva, Paulo Hilario; Lavigne, Eric; Matus Correa, Patricia; Valdes Ortega, Nicolas; Kan, Haidong; Osorio, Samuel; Kysely, Jan; Ales; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K.; Ryti, Niilo R. I.; Pascal, Mathilde; Goodman, Patri (2018) Temperature-related mortality impacts under and beyond Paris Agreement climate change scenarios. - Climatic change 150 (3-4), 391-402 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Guo, Yuming; Gasparrini, Antonio; Li, Shanshan; Sera, Francesco; Vicedo-Cabrera, Ana Maria; Zanotti Stagliorio Coelho, Micheline de Sousa; Nascimento Saldiva, Paulo Hilario; Lavigne, Eric; Tawatsupa, Benjawan; Punnasiri, Kornwipa; Overcenco, Ala; Matus Correa, Patricia; Valdes Ortega, Nicolas; Kan, Haidong; Osorio, Samuel; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K.; Ryti, Niilo R. I.; Goodman, Patrick G.; Zeka, Ariana (2018) Quantifying excess deaths related to heatwaves under climate change scenarios: A multicountry time series modelling study. - PloS Medicine 15 (7), e1002629 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Kukkonen, Jaakko; Kangas, Leena; Kauhaniemi, Mari; Sofiev, Mikhail; Aarnio, Mia; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K.; Kousa, Anu; Karppinen, Ari (2018) Modelling of the urban concentrations of PM2.5 on a high resolution for a period of 35 years, for the assessment of lifetime exposure and health effects. - Atmospheric chemistry and physics 18, 8041-8064 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Amegah, A. Kofi; Rezza, Giovanni; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K. (2016) Temperature-related morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review of the empirical evidence. - Environment international 91, 133-149 . [Original]
  • Hjort, Jan; Hugg, Timo T.; Antikainen, Harri; Rusanen, Jarmo; Sofiev, Mikhail; Kukkonen, Jaakko; Jaakkola, Maritta S.; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K. (2016) Fine-scale exposure to allergenic pollen in the urban environment : evaluation of land use regression approach. - Environmental Health Perspectives 124 (5), 619-626 .
  • Ryti, Niilo R. I.; Guo, Yuming; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K. (2016) Global Association of Cold Spells and Adverse Health Effects: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. - Environmental Health Perspectives 124 (1), 12-22 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Ikäheimo, Tiina M.; Lehtinen, Taru; Antikainen, Riitta; Jokelainen, Jari; Näyhä, Simo; Hassi, Juhani; Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Sirkka; Laatikainen, Tiina; Jousilahti, Pekka; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K. (2014) Cold-related cardiorespiratory symptoms among subjects with and without hypertension : the National FINRISK Study 2002. - European Journal of Public Health 24 (2), 237-243 . [Original]
  • Zhang, Yanshen; Li, Shanshan; Pan, Xiaochuan; Tong, Shilu; Jaakkola, Jouni J. K.; Gasparrini, Antonio; Guo, Yuming; Wang, Sheng (2014) The effects of ambient temperature on cerebrovascular mortality : an epidemiologic study in four climatic zones in China. - Environmental Health 13, 24 . [Original]
  • Hwang B-F, Lee YL, Jaakkola JJK (2011) Air pollution and stillbirth: apopulation-based case-control study in Taiwan. - Environmental Health Perspectives 119 (9), 1345-1349

Thesis supervisions

Supervised PhDs
  • 16 finished, supervised doctoral theses as primary supervisor, 1 as secondary supervisor

Supervised PhDs at the University of Oulu
  • Four finished supervised or co-supervised PhDs at the University of Oulu.

  • Currently supervising or co-supervising (c) 8 doctoral students: Salla Alavaikko, Hamudat Balogun, Sirpa Heikkinen (c), Samu Hernberg, Henna Hyrkäs-Palmu (c), Elina Mäkikyrö, Nazeeba Siddika and Ilkka Mehtonen.

Timo Hugg (PhD, 2009)
  • Institute of Health Sciences, University of Oulu

  • Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, animals and pollen grains as determinants of atopic diseases and respiratory infections. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Medica (1022), 2009.

Adeladza Kofi Amegah (PhD, 2014)
  • Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu

  • Amegah AK. (2014) Household fuel and garbage combustion, street vending activities and adverse pregnancy outcomes: evidence from urban Ghana. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series D, Medica 1261. Oulu.

Niilo Ryti (PhD, 2017)
  • Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu

  • Ryti NRI. (2017) On Health Effects of Cold Spells with a Special Reference to Sudden Cardiac Death. Contributions on Global Change, Environment and Public Health 2017;1.

Heidi Hintsala (PhD, 2018)
  • Center for Environmental and Respiratory Health Research (CERH), University of Oulu (co-supervisor)

  • Hintsala H. (2018) Cardiovascular Responses to Cold Exposure in Untreated Hypertension. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series D, Medica 1474.

Research visits

  • Work abroad
    1.1.1987 to 31.12.2008

    Work abroad in various universities and research institutes in Canada, Russia, United States, Sweden, Norway, and UK as indicated above for a total of 14 years.