Elisabet Lindgren MD, PhD, Associate professor, Senior scientific advisor
Elisabet Lindgren is physician and associate professor in Sustainability Science, a pioneer within research on climate change and health, and one of the eight members of the Swedish Government's Council on Climate Change Adaptation.
Education and work affiliations
Lindgren took her medical degree at Karolinska Institute (KI). After several years of work as a hospital physician, Lindgren started advanced studies first in biostatistics and epidemiology at KI, and than focused on research on health effects of global environmental changes, in particular climate change, which led to a PhD in Natural Resources Management at Stockholm University (SU) in 2000. Her academic base was Stockholm University 1994-2008, and the Karolinska Institute 2009-2013 (Global Health, and Institute of Environmental Medicine). During 2014-mid2018 she was affiliated with Stockholm Resilience Centre at SU.
During the last decade Lindgren has split her time between academic research and scientific advisory work internationally with a focus on the science and policy nexus. She has lived part-time in SE Asia for several years. During autumn 2015 Lindgren was senior science director of the EAT Initiative. In 2017-18 she was worked as consulting advisor to the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, SIGHT, part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Lindgren has contributed to numerous international scientific research and policy activities, and has published as first author in journals such as Science and Lancet. She has been reviewer to several scientific journals, including Lancet and Environmental Health Perspectives. She has contributed to three reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC (chapter lead author in AR5), to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report (2005) as well as to other major scientific policy reports. She is a pioneer within research on climate change and health. For example, she:
Lindgren has long experience of transdisciplinary academic research and of working across sectors. Her focus on global environmental changes and health has included studies of observed climate change-related health impacts, as well as risk and adaptation assessments with emphasis on emerging infectious diseases and climate related disasters. New research interests focus on solutions rather than risks, and on adding a health focus within areas such as nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, sustainable cities, and sustainable food systems.
Positions of trust
Lindgren has held several positions of trust, for example
One of Lindgren's key missions is bridging the gap between science and policy. She has been temporary senior advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) on numerous occasions, as well as to different UN bodies, the European Commission, EU agencies like the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the European Environment Agency, and to different Ministries in several countries. Lindgren chaired the Workgroup on Climate and Health in the Swedish Government´s Commission on Climate and Vulnerability 2005-2007. She has contributed to numerous science-based policy reports.
Presentations and media
Another key mission is contributing to information and education. In addition to publishing scientific articles and science-policy reports and popular science work, Lindgren has held several hundreds of presentations to the general public, professional groups, policy-makers, and university students. She has often appeared in the media (TV and radio news, panel debates, popular science programs, newspaper interviews, periodicals, etc). Lindgren has participated in museum exhibitions, and appeared in popular science short films and videos. Her work has been widely reported in Swedish and international media.
Elisabet Lindgren, MD, PhD
Senior scientific advisor
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