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Tanya Singh

PhD Student

Climate Change Research Centre (CCRC)
The University of New South Wales


After conducting her first MSc in International Development Studies (specialization health behaviour change and climate change adaptation in developing countries) at Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands, Tanya worked as a researcher at the climate change department of Wageningen Environmental Research. Here she focused among others on environmental health risk factors in South Asia. One of her latest projects was to lead an extensive heat exposure measurement campaign in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan in a low socio-economic urban setting with the goal to give advice on heat adaptation measures. Parallel to her research work in the Netherlands, Tanya started in 2018 her second Masters in Public Health (specialization environmental health) at the renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. In 2019 she was awarded the prestigious Scientia PhD Scholarship at UNSW, where she is undertaking research on temperature extremes, air pollution and child health. One of her PhD projects will be analysing the impacts of the “black summer” bushfires in Australia on birth outcomes.

THESIS: Climate change, air pollution and human health

The majority of the world’s population, already suffering from a combination of an increase in the frequency and intensity of heatwaves and air pollution, live in South Asia. According to the World Health Organisation, India endures some of the highest levels of air pollution-related deaths in the world, and if left unchecked, future extreme heat episodes will only serve to aggravate these existing high levels of morbidity and mortality. This research will examine the relationship between human health and air pollution for a range of IPCC Representative Concentration Pathways scenarios for New Delhi, India. The proposed thesis will address following question: what is the combined effect of heat and air pollution exposure on health in New Delhi and how will these factors influence health in this region in future? The evidence provided through this research will be able to inform crucial policy decisions about how climate change and air pollution will impact health in one of the most populated regions of the world.