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PhD Fellow, Tyndall Centre for Climate Research, University of East Anglia

Dr Rita Issa is a primary care physician and PhD fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research. Her interdisciplinary PhD research under the Leverhulme funded 'critical decade for climate change' program seeks to understand loss due to climate change through the concept of solastalgia; bridging mental health, collective resilience, (re)indigeneity, and non-economic Loss and Damage. Prior to this, she was research fellow in climate, migration and health with Lancet Migration (UCL).

Rita is co-editor of the BMA medical book of the year 2022, the'Handbook of Refugee Health', and the upcoming 'Health, Resistance and Activism' (2024). She was named London Mayor’s "Public Sector Sustainability Changemaker 2022”.


  • –present
    Honorary Research Fellow in Climate Change, Migration and Health, UCL


  • 2020 
    LSHTM, MSc Public Health
  • 2015 
    DTM&H, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin
  • 2012 

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners
  • General Medical Council - full registration
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Arts