Professor Lea Berrang Ford

Professor Lea Berrang Ford


I am a Priestley Chair in Climate and Health at the Priestley International Centre for Climate, and an expert in climate change impacts on health, adaptation to the health effects of climate change, and the health benefits of decarbonisation. 

I am on the ‘Hot List of Top Climate Scientists’ (Reuters 2020, 17th among women). 

I am jointly based in the School of Earth and Environment and the Nuffield Centre for Global Health & Development at the University of Leeds. 

I am a Lead Author on the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report (AR6-WGII, Ch. 16). 

I led the Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative, an international collaboration of >125 scientists to assess evidence on progress on global adaptation to climate change. 

I have co-led an international, interdisciplinary project on Indigenous adaptation to the health effects of climate change since 2010, partnering with communities and researchers in Uganda, Peru, and the Canadian Arctic. 

I am a former Research Chair in Climate and Health with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellow. 

I have a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology, and training in climate science and policy. 


  • Academic Lead, Climate & Health Steering Group
  • Lead, Climate & Health theme

Research interests

Research interests

  • Systematic tracking of evidence for global progress on adaptation to climate change
  • Modeling and assessing the health co-benefits of decarbonisation
  • Systematic evidence synthesis methods for climate assessment
  • Environmental and social gradients in the health effects of climate change

Research projects


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Student education

I teach in both the School of Earth and Environment and the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development at the University of Leeds. I have taught modules in quantitative methods for environment and health researchers, research methods (systematic evidence synthesis), and topics in global public health, environment, and climate change. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
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