Maria Nilsson

Climate and health researcher

Umeå University


Maria Nilsson, Associate Professor, research fellow at the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden; a social scientist who holds a PhD in epidemiology and public health sciences. Her main focus is climate change and health, with a specific interest in adaptation, communication and vulnerable populations. She leads projects in low to high income countries. Professor Nilsson was the integrating editor for health in the 2015 "Lancet Commission - Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health" and co-leads the working group on adaptation, planning, and resilience for health in the annual follow up till 2030; "The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change". She was awarded a fellowship from the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation (SIGHT), under the auspices of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, for global health leadership. Prof. Nilsson was a member of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) working group on climate change and health. A report published by EASAC in 2019 focused on climate change and health, discussing risks in Europe, particularly in the near future and the opportunities for adaptation and mitigation. She was the guest editor for two climate change and health focused supplements in the international peer-reviewed Open Access journal Global Health Action, i) "Climate Change and Health in Vietnam" and ii) "Climate change impacts on working people". In connection to her projects she is engaged in increasing the understanding of climate change and health impacts, working actively to feed research evidence into policy in practice.
1 FEB, 2020 15:30-17-30 hrs. PS 3.1 Tackling Climate Change while Maximizing Health Impact