Dr. Kathryn Bowen

Dr. Kathryn Bowen

Affiliate Scholar

Kathryn works at the nexus of global environmental change, health and governance issues. Most recently she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. Kathryn is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Kathryn regularly advises the World Health Organization (WHO) on climate change and health, as well as other national and international organisations, including GIZ, UNDP, ADB, ICSU and UNITAR. In Melbourne, she has been working with research and practitioner teams to support the development of tools and mechanisms to strengthen the implementation of locally-based green space projects. Kathryn is a Lead Author in three current international reports - IPCC's 6th Assessment Report, the UNEP's Global Environment (GEO-6), and Adaptation Gaps Reports. She is Deputy Coordinator, Social Aspects of Forestry Research Group IUFRO, a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Agency Harvest Planning (Earth System Governance Project) and a mentor for DAAD. Kathryn is passionate about leading and supporting practical and applied research that is closely linked with policy change and program development in developing contexts.

  • 2008-2018 Senior Research Fellow (prior Research Fellow/Visiting Fellow), Research School of Population Health, Australian National University
  • 2006-2008 Senior Program/Research Officer, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
  • 1999-2006 Health Promotion Officer, University of Newcastle; Senior Research Officer, Turning Point Drug and Alcohol Services, Tutor, Charite Medical Faculty; Senior Policy Officer, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services; Social Consultant, Coakes Consulting.
  • Global health and global environmental change (esp. climate change)
  • Governance processes to support knowledge translation
  • Implementation science
  • Health equity
  • Sustainable development

Publications at the IASS

Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Workman, A., Blashki, G., Bowen, K.J., Karoly, D.J., Wiseman, J. (2018). The political economy of health co-benefits: Embedding health in the climate change agenda. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15: 674.
  • Schwerdtle, P.,Bowen, K.J. & McMichael, C. (2018). Migration as climate adaptation and the health impacts. BMC Medicine.
  • Bowen, K.J., & Lynch, Y. (2017). New horizons: Towards assessing the health benefits of green infrastructure in the context of climate change. Special Issue: Elucidating sustainability-health Interactions.Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
  • Bowen, K.J. & Ebi, K.L. (2017). The health risks of climate change in the World Health Organization South-East Asia Region. WHO South-East Asia J Public Health. 2017;6(2):
  • Bowen, K.J., Cradock-Henry, N., Koch, F., Patterson, J., Häyhä, T., Vogt, J., & Barbi, F. (2017). Key challenges to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Collective action, trade-offs, and accountability. Special Issue: Implications of the transformative turn in environmental sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 26-27: 90-96.
  • Nguyen, QA., Miller, F., Bowen, K.J. & Sinh, B.T.(2016). Evaluating capacity for climate change adaptation in the health and water sectors in Vietnam: constraints and opportunities. Climate and Development. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2016.1146118
  • Ebi, K.L., Bowen, K.J. (2016). Extreme events as sources of vulnerability: example of managing the health risks of climate variability. Weather and Climate Extremes. 11: 95-102.
  • McIver, L.J, Bowen, K.J., Iddings, S., Hanna, E. (2015). A 'Healthy Islands' framework for climate change in the Pacific. Health Promotion International. 1-9.
  • Bowen, K.J., Miller, F., Dany,V., Graham, S. (2015). The relevance of co-productive capacity to climate change adaptation: investigating the health and water sectors in Cambodia. Ecology & Society.20 (1):13
  • Bowen, K.J. Ebi, K. (2015). Governing the health impacts of climate change: towards multi-sector responses. Special Issue: Governing sustainability through partnerships: networks, risks and the promise of cooperation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 12: 80-85.
  • McIver, L.J., Chan, V.S., Bowen, K.J., Iddings, S.N., Hero, K., Raingsey, P.P. (2014). Review of climate change and water-related diseases in Cambodia and findings from stakeholder knowledge assessments. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1177/1010539514558059.
  • Bowen, K.J., Alexander, D., Miller, F., Dany, V. (2014). Using social network analysis to evaluate health-related adaptation decision-making in Cambodia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 11(2): 1605-1625.
  • Morrow, G., & Bowen, K.J. (2014). Accounting for health in climate change policies: A case study of Fiji. Global Health Action (7): 23550 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/gha.v7.23550.
  • Dany, V., Bowen, K.J., Miller, F. (2014). Assessing the institutional capacity to adapt to climate change: a case study in the Cambodian health and water sectors. Climate Policy DOI:10.1080/14693062.2014.937385.
  • Bowen, K.J., Ebi, K., Friel, S. & McMichael, A.J. (2013). A multi-layered governance framework for incorporating social science insights into adapting to the health impacts of climate change. Global Health Action, 6. 21820.
  • Bowen, K.J., Ebi, K.,Friel, S. (2013). Climate change mitigation and adaptation: Next steps for global health. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. DOI: 10.1007/s11027-013-9458-y.
  • Miller, F. & Bowen, K.J. Questioning the assumptions: The role of vulnerability assessments in climate change adaptation (2013). Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 31(3): 190-197. DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2013.819724
  • Bowen, K.J., Miller, F., Dany, V., Friel, S., McMichael, A.J. (2013). Enabling environments? Insights into the policy context for climate change adaptation decision-making in Cambodia. Climate and Development. 5(4):277-287.
  • Bowen, K.J. & Friel, S. (2012). Climate change adaptation: Where does global health fit in the agenda? Globalization and Health. 8(10). doi:10.1186/1744-8603-8-10.
  • Bowen K.J., Friel S., Ebi K., Butler C.D., Miller F., McMichael A.J. (2012). Governing for a Healthy Population: Towards an Understanding of How Decision-Making Will Determine Our Global Health in a Changing Climate. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 9(1):55-72.
  • Friel, S., Bowen, K.J., McMichael, A.J. et al. (2011). Climate change, non communicable diseases and development: The relationships and common policy opportunities. Annual Review of Public Health. 3:133-47.
  • Berry, H., Bowen, K., Kjellstrom, T. (2010) Climate change and mental health: A causal pathways framework. International Journal of Public Health. 55(2):123-132.

Invited talks

  • Bowen, K.J. Climate change and human health - from global to local. Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne. July 17, 2017, Melbourne.
  • Bowen, K.J. Climate change and human health - a global perspective. Climate Change Institute lecture to Australian Federal Public Servants. June 9, 2017, Canberra.
  • Bowen, K.J. Global health, climate change and governance - the case of green infrastructure. University of Washington, January 27, 2017, Seattle.
  • Bowen, K.J. Climate change and human health - a global perspective. College of Defence and Security Studies, Department of Defence, October 11, 2016, Canberra.
  • Bowen, K.J. Climate change and human health. Australian-German Climate and Energy College, University of Melbourne, June 15, 2016, Melbourne.
  • Bowen, K.J. Factors that influence the development of adaptive capacity: Asia Pacific perspectives. World Health Summit, October 19-22, 2014, Berlin.
  • Bowen, K.J. An overview of health and climate change adaptation. Melbourne Sustainability Society Institute, University of Melbourne, Annual Conference, October 2, 2011, Melbourne.

Recent conference papers

  • Kendal, D., Bowen, K.J et al. Shifts in environmental values and terminology through global UN Habitat manifestos 1976-2016. Ecological Society of America. 6-11 August, 2017. United States.
  • Bowen, K.J. Green infrastructure - progress towards assessing the health economic case to support decision-making processes. Landscapes and Human Health Conference. May 17-19, 2017. Vienna, Austria.
  • Bowen, K.J. Climate change and human health: International agreements, their relevance to global health, and ways we can strengthen our responses. One Health EcoHealth International Conference, Dec 4-7, 2016, Melbourne
  • Bowen, K.J., Ebi, K.E., Payden. Climate Change Governance and Health - from research to practice. Adaptation Futures International Conference, May 10-13, 2016, Rotterdam
  • Bowen, K.J. Innovative Session Roundtable - Chair and Organiser - Sitting up and getting noticed - how we can strengthen policy relevance and impact of our competing issues. Earth System Governance Conference, December 14-16, 2015, Canberra.
  • Bowen, K.J., Ebi, K., Friel, S. Climate change mitigation and adaptation: Next steps for global health. Sustainability Science Congress, October 22-24, 2014, Copenhagen
  • Miller, F., Bowen, K.J., Va, D., Nguyen, Q.A., Bach Tan, S., Dang Lan, H. Vulnerability-informed Adaptation? The Role of Vulnerability Assessments in the Development of Adaptation Strategies. International Geographical Union Regional Conference, August 5-8 2013 Kyoto.
  • Seru-Paumau, Bowen, K.J., Miller, F. Assessing the capacity to adapt in the health and water sectors of Fiji. Presentation at Pacific Regional Climate Change & Health Symposium (University of Fiji, Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, Secretariat of the Pacific Community), University of Fiji, Nadi. 13-15 September 2012.
  • Bowen, K.J. & Friel, S. Climate change adaptation: Where does global health fit in the agenda? Presentation at Adaptation Futures: International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation 29-31 May 2012, Tucson, Arizona

Presentations (below) at Climate Change Governance in the Asia Pacific Region Workshop: Agency, accountability and adaptiveness. Organised by the Earth System Governance Project. March 14-16, 2012.:

  • Bowen, K.J., Miller, F. & Va, D. Enabling environments? Insights into the policy context for adaptation decision making in Cambodia
  • Catmur, C., Bowen, K.J., Miller, F., & Seru-Paumau, E. Changing climates: How climate change and climate change governance mechanisms are affecting adaptation activities in the Asia Pacific.
  • Nguyen, Q.A., Miller, F., Bowen, K.J., Bach Tan, S., Dan Luong, H. Adaptive Capacity and Governance of Climate Change Vulnerability in Vietnam: Results of a study of the Health and Water sector
  • Dany, V., Bowen, K.J., Miller, F. Assessing the Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change: A Cambodian Case Study in the Health and Water Sectors
  • Seru-Paumau, Bowen, K.J., Miller, F., Catmur, C. A new paradigm of climate awareness and response: Assessing the capacity to adapt in the health and water sectors in Fiji.
  • Awarded National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Translating Research Into Practice Fellowship (2016- 2018)
  • Awarded the McKenzie Fellowship from the University of Melbourne (3 year fellowship) (2015 - declined)
  • Selected for Future Earth: Young Scientists Networking Conference, Lake Como, Italy (2015)
  • Selected for Australian Academy of Science Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank- Climate & Health (2014)
  • Awarded ANU PhD Postgraduate Scholarship Award (2008-2013)
  • Selected as Fellow in Climate Adaptation College, Australia (2010 - 2012)
  • Selected as Fellow at Centre for Sustainability Leadership, Melbourne, Australia (2008)
  • Awarded ANU Vice-Chancellor's Travel Award (2009)
  • Selected for Winter School Master Class, Earth System Governance Conference, Volendam, Holland (2009)
  • Awarded DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Masters Study Scholarship (2004-2005)
  • Awarded Silver Medal within the Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Public Health course (2004)
  • Awarded Leonardo da Vinci cultural exchange scholarship to Vienna, Austria from European Council (2003)