Bio - Professor Maria Nilsson
Maria Nilsson is a professor of Public Health, with the orientation climate change and health, based at the department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden. Her PhD was in epidemiology and public health sciences and her main research focus is weather, climate and climate change and health impacts, with a specific interest for adaptation and vulnerable populations.
Professor Nilsson conducts and lead research in low to high income countries, some examples of topics: weather and weather extremes in association to mental health in Vietnam, heat exposure and health outcomes in Costa Rican sugarcane harvesters, climate change aspects on health in northern Sweden, household reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and dengue risk communication in local Indonesian communities. In recent years she has started a research line on climate change communication and behavior change and leads a WP on the topic in the Horizon project CATALYSE. She co-authored and was the integrating editor for health in the 2015 "Lancet Commission - Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health". From the start of the global “Lancet Countdown 2030 on Health and Climate Change" in 2016 she has been a member of the working group on adaptation, planning, and resilience for health. In September 2021 she became the chair of the new initiative Lancet Countdown in Europe, established as a research collaboration with the mission to monitor health and climate change with annual updates for the region. Professor Nilsson was a member of two Working Groups of the European Academies Science Advisory Council in 2018 – 2021, one on climate change and health and one on decarbonisation of buildings. She has publications in high impact journals such as the Lancet, Lancet Planetary health, Lancet Public Health, and the BMJ.
In connection to her projects, she is engaged in knowledge translation to increase the awareness and understanding of climate change and health impacts, working actively to feed research evidence into policy and practice. She is a member of the health committee of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences.
Professor Nilsson is the Editor in Chief for the science journal Global Health Action. Under her leadership the journal seeks to contribute a concrete, hands-on approach to addressing the global health challenges brought to the fore by the impact of globalization.