Professor Sotiris Vardoulakis is Professor of Global Environmental Health at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, and Director of the NHMRC Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) National Research Network. He leads the Health Cluster of the ANU Institute for Climate Energy and Disaster Solutions.

Sotiris is inaugural Professor of Global Environmental Health at the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health. Previously he held a number of senior academic, civil service and consultancy positions in the UK. He was Director of Research and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Occupational Health at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh, Head of the Environmental Change Department, and of the Air Pollution and Climate Change Group, at Public Health England, and lecturer and course director at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Birmingham.

For more than 20 years, he has advised national and local governments and international organisations, such as the World Health Organization, the European Parliament, the UK Government, the Australian Department of Health, and the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention on the health effects of climate change and air pollution, and on environmental sustainability, health impact assessment, and risk communication.

Sotiris has been involved in numerous research projects, including field studies, environmental monitoring and modelling, epidemiology, risk assessment and policy analysis in Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific.

His main research interests include climate change, air pollution, bushfires and other extreme events and health, sustainable cities, exposure assessment, environmental epidemiology, occupational hygiene, and public health communication and policy.

Sotiris frequently comments in the media and tweets @SotirisVard.

Fields of expertise



HEAL network to tackle health impacts of climate change

Australians will be better protected against the health impacts of climate change, thanks to a new national research…

7 November 2021


No evidence of airborne COVID transmission in public loos

Researchers have found “no evidence of airborne transmission of COVID-19 within public washrooms”, in a new study led…

9 September 2021


Coronavirus may be transmitted through the air, experts warn

Experts in infectious disease and population health are increasingly concerned by the possibility of environmental transmission of the…

25 August 2020

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