Researcher biography

Dr Zhiwei Xu is a mid-career researcher at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, Griffith University and a member of the UQ-led Mental Health and Climate Change Research Network.

His primary research interest is to identify and quantify the health impacts of climate change (particularly extreme heat) and develop accessible and sustainable adaptation strategies. As of April 2023, he has a Google Scholar H-index of 37 and has been cited >4,700 times, including citations in 54 policy documents from the United Nations, WHO, World Bank, European Union, and governments of Australia, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Nepal, and USA. His research (e.g., health-based heatwave definition framework) has been integrated into the development, evaluation and upgrading of heat early warning systems in Australia and China.