Climate Change and Health Trans-disciplinary Impact Research Network (TIRN)

Welcome to the UQ Climate Change and Health Trans-disciplinary Impact Research Network.


Academics within the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine established the UQ Climate Change and Health TIRN in 2019 to:

  • respond to the growing need to provide government and industry with an evidence base for policies to protect health from climate change,
  • coordinate and expand climate change and health research activities with university and industry/government partners,
  • harness trans-disciplinary expertise for greater innovation and impact, and
  • bring together a critical mass of research within this growing area of concern.


The network aims to:

  • foster genuine trans-disciplinary and trans-organisational collaboration between research groups and industry partners; 
  • help position our members for strategic funding and investment opportunities; and
  • share ideas, expertise and outputs. 

Priority research areas

The network has identified the following areas of priority around which our research will be focused, noting that traditional ecological knowledge will be an intrinsic focus of each of these priority areas.

Click on the links to learn more about the activities, projects and people associated with our areas of research priority:

  1. Social and emotional wellbeing in a changing climate
  2. Environmental exposures (including exposure to prolonged heat, bushfires, etc) in a changing climate
  3. Food, nutrition and climate change

Our team in action

In September 2019, Australia began to burn like it's never burned before. Every state and territory, except Western Australia and the Northern Territory, went up in flames, with the mega fire's epicentre in the most populated state, New South Wales.

So far, 33 people have died, an estimated 1.25 billion animals have been decimated, and nearly 11 million hectares of land have been burned.

It's now the summer of 2020, and the fires are still burning in South-East Australia.

In this podcast four experts from The University of Queensland’s School of Public Health discuss the impact of the mega fires on Australia’s food, water, environment, air quality and ultimately the health of the nation.    

Panel: Associate Professor Linda SelveyProfessor Amanda LeeAssociate Professor Luke KnibbsDr Fiona Jayne Charlson


Join our network

Do you want to be a member of our UQ Climate Change and Health TIRN? We are keen for collaborators across UQ, and in government and industry, to get involved.

To join our network and add your profile and information about your projects to our website, please subscribe. 



For more information about the Climate Change and Health TIRN, please contact:

Kate Gadenne
Research Development Manager
School of Public Health