Clare Heaviside

Independent Research Fellow

Clare Heaviside is a NERC Fellow (Associate Professor), at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. She is upported by a NERC Independent Research Fellowship (2018-2023) with an academic appointment to follow in 2023. Her fellowship is about Human Health in an increasingly urbanised and warming world. She is also PI of a Wellcome Trust funded Health and Climate Change Award called HEROIC (Health and Economic Impacts of Reducing Overheating in Cities), due to start in 2020.

She is interested in the impacts of Climate Change, particularly on health and in cities. Her research covers temperatures and air pollution effects and urban climate, including the urban heat island effect. She also works at the University of Birmingham, in the School of Geography Earth and Environmental Science, as an honorary research fellow and She is honorary Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, part of the University of London. Her background is in meteorology (MSc at Reading University) and ocean and atmospheric physics (PhD at Imperial College).

Prior to UCL, She spent 18 months with her NERC fellowship at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and before that, She was Head of Climate Change at Public Health England, a government executive Agency, based within the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards at Harwell in Oxfordshire, UK. Her role at PHE was to coordinate climate change research activities across the agency, lead a team of scientists and PhD students, and to carry out original research on the impacts of climate change on health. She also provided scientific advice to Government and others on the impacts of Climate Change and contributed to national climate policy through, for example, the national Climate Change Risk Assessment and National Adaptation Programme.