Climate change and tropical disease transmission in the Asia-Pacific region

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Climate change has the potential to drive global emergence, resurgence and redistribution of infectious diseases. This interdisciplinary project will develop mathematical models to assess the potential impact of climate change on the transmission of tropical diseases in the Asia-Pacific region. These models will incorporate data describing climate change in the region and their effect on pathogens, host/vectors and environmental factors facilitating transmission to forecast the risk of future epidemic outbreaks. The project will involve working with governments and key organisations in the region to ensure results inform strategies to respond, adapt, and prepare for climate change.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Hold a first class honours or research master's degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics, computer science, epidemiology or a similar quantitative field

  • Excellent mathematical and quantitative skills

  • Experience using software to develop/run applied mathematical models and perform data analysis

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Understanding of infectious disease epidemiology

  • Interest in climate change and its potential impact

  • Desire to apply mathematical and quantitative analyses to make a difference, inform policy, and improve global health.

Supervisory team
Richard
Gray

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
David
Regan

Medicine
The Kirby Institute
Donna
Green

Science
Climate Change Research Centre
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Rgray@kirby.unsw.edu.au