Social Responsibility and Sustainability

17 February: Visions for Change - should public health be integrated into climate change policy?

Event Description:

Climate change is no longer an abstract scenario taking place in the distant future, it is here and now. Wide ranging impacts of the climate crisis continue to threaten both planetary and public health; to curb these threats, global policy action will play an essential role. With the Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) on the horizon, mobilizing partnerships, mitigation and adaptation activities are crucial if we hope to stay on track in tackling the escalating climate emergency. Will identifying co-benefits between safeguarding public health and decarbonisation be an essential element in making real progress against global agreements?

This event is open to University of Edinburgh students and staff, interested members of the community and friends of the University.


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Kavya Anchuri

Kavya Anchuri is an MD candidate at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine in Alberta, Canada. She holds a Master of Health Science with a concentration in public mental health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she conducted her thesis research on the epidemiology of suicide among emerging adults in the U.S. She has previously worked for the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Atlantic Canada in mental health systems analysis.


Kavya’s research and practice interests seek to understand, articulate, and operationalize the structural, geographic, environmental, socioeconomic, and sociopolitical determinants of human and ecological health. She currently contributes to the covid-19 rapid review policy series disseminated by the Global Health Governance Programme within the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, led by Prof. Devi Sridhar. She is also involved in integrating climate and planetary health education into Canadian medical curricula, supported by a grant from the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, to ensure that the country's future physicians can recognize and treat the health-related manifestations of the climate crisis and extreme weather events among the populations they serve.


Dr Poonam Malik


Dr Poonam Malik is an entrepreneurial business strategy leader and research management professional with extensive experience of working in governance, innovation, enterprise, healthcare, industry and academic business sectors globally. With a STEM background, Dr Malik bring expertise in growth of life sciences, health, digital and Technology sector businesses and is an investor in Innovation. She has an interest in entrepreneurship, global partnerships, skills and economic development with leadership roles across public, private, higher education and social enterprise sectors. As Board Member of Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland- Scotland’s national economic and skills Development Agencies, with responsibility for £340 million and £220 million annual budgets, Dr Malik is focused on stimulating business growth and nurturing innovation with university links and digital technology development in the Scottish economy. She is a Non-Executive Director (NED) /Trustee for Firstport for Scotland for Social Entrepreneurs Group, Scotland’s National Start-up Social Enterprise Development Agency- thus engaging with over 1100 Start-ups, supported by Scottish Government. Dr Malik is also a Governor & Board Member of University Court for University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI), and have held Academic Faculty positions at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cumbria/Lancaster. An active member of Investing Women Angels Scotland, Scotland's only all Women Angel Investor Community- Poonam supports women entrepreneurs and startup company founders with investment, mentoring, coaching advisory and training.

An elected FELLOW of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) Dr Malik received an MBA in Strategy and Leadership from University of Edinburgh Business School and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Glasgow, UK and a Postgraduate Master’s (MSc) degree in Biotechnology from India.


Dr Seán Doolan

Seán Doolan holds an MBA in corporate social responsibility from Warwick Business School, a DPhil in behavioural ecology from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in zoology from Cork. As a climate adviser, he worked for the UK Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) on international, regional and national climate and development programming, from India’s healthcare system at State and National levels to humanitarian response and disaster risk management. He acted on Ghana’s national climate change committee, and has advised on climate finance and economics, as well as on training and capacity building of responses to climate change.


Feb 17 2021 -

17 February: Visions for Change - should public health be integrated into climate change policy?

This event will address public health's role in climate change action and policy development at COP26.

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