Elisabet Lindgren MD, PhD, Associate professor, Senior scientific advisor
Elisabet Lindgren, physician and associate professor in Sustainability Science, is a pioneer within research on climate change and health, and has long experience of developing science-based sustainable and healthy solution pathways for policymakers and the general public.
Education and work affiliations
Lindgren has a medical degree from Karolinska Institute (KI). After seven years of work as a physician she shifted to research to explore and understand causes of disease and health in a larger perspective. After advanced studies in biostatistics and epidemiology at KI, she focused on transdisciplinary research on health effects of global environmental changes, in particular climate change. This led to a PhD at Stockholm University (SU). Lindgren later became associate professor in sustainability science. Lindgren's academic base was Stockholm University 1994-2008, and the Karolinska Institute 2009-2013 (Global Health, and Institute of Environmental Medicine). During 2014-2018 Lindgren was affiliated with Stockholm Resilience Centre at SU.
The last decade and a half has seen Lindgren splitting 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. In autumn 2015 Lindgren was senior science director of the EAT Initiative. In 2017 she was advisor to the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, SIGHT, part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
One of Lindgren's key missions is to bridge 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 Governements and different Ministries in several countries. Lindgren chaired the Workgroup on Climate and Health in the Swedish Government´s Commision on Climate and Vulnerability 2005-2007. She has written and contributed to many science-based policy reports.
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. Later research interests have been solutions rather than risks, and to add 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
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
Associate professor in sustainability science
Senior scientific advisor
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