Dr Clare Heaviside is a NERC funded Independent Research Fellow and Associate Professor, based at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at University College London (UCL). Her research is multi-disciplinary and covers climate change health impacts, air pollution, and urban climate including the urban heat island. She is PI of the Wellcome funded HEROIC project (Health and Economic impacts of Reducing Overheating In Cities).
Clare is interested in how changes to the environment affect health, for example, the direct heat-related health impacts associated with the urban heat island, and how we might be able to mitigate some of these health impacts through adaptation measures. She has worked on quantifying temperature related mortality for current conditions, and under climate change scenarios in different parts of the world using climate data and regional climate models. She also works on quantifying the impacts of air pollution on health, using measured and modelled pollutant concentrations combined with health data. Clare's background is in meteorology and atmospheric physics, but she also worked in the public health sector for almost a decade, becoming head of Climate Change at Public Health England in 2017. She then moved back into academia, to the University of Oxford, before joining UCL in early 2020. As well as publishing her research in academic journals, and working on reports such as the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, she has contributed to IPCC reports and various Government documents, including the UK national Climate Change Risk Assessment and National Adaptation Programme.