Kathryn is an Hon. Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, a Senior Fellow at the Research School of Population Health, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany. Kathryn works at the nexus of global environmental change, global health and governance issues primarily in low and middle-income settings. She holds a PhD (ANU), MSc (International Health) (Humboldt & Frei Universities, Berlin) and BA/Psyc (Hons) (Newcastle). Kathryn is also an
Kathryn has worked in global health research and policy since 1999, across public, private and university sectors. She is a Research Fellow within the Earth System Governance project, and Alumni of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
Kathryn regularly advises the World Health Organization (WHO) on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the German Organisation for International Development (GIZ), UNDP, Global Environment Facility, and the Asian Development Bank. In Melbourne, she has been working with research and practitioner teams to support the development of tools and mechanisms to strengthen the implementation of locally-based green space projects.
Kathryn is a Lead Author in three current international reports - the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report, the UNEP's Global Environment (GEO-6), and Adaptation Gaps Reports. Kathryn is passionate about leading and supporting practical and applied health and sustainability research that is closely linked with policy change and program development.
Along with five friends, she was a founding board member of 'Just Change', a climate change and equity organisation and she sits on an environment advisory committee for the City of Melbourne. Kathryn is an editor of the journal Globalization and Health, and is a reviewer for many journals, including Social Science and Medicine, Global Health Action, Environmental Research Letters among others.
Kathryn is committed to being part of a solutions-focused sustainability community working to harness skills and passion to support global development that is truly sustainable, healthy and equitable.
Specialties: Public health, sustainability, climate change, participatory research methods, qualitative research methods, policy analysis, systems-thinking, stakeholder engagement.