Professor Alistair Jack Woodward

MB BS, MMedSci, PhD, FNZCPHM

Biography

I am an epidemiologist and public health doctor. I was Head of the School of Population Health at Auckland from 2004-2012 and previously led departments of public health at the University of Otago Wellington, and the University of Adelaide. My research and teaching is concerned primarily with environmental matters and the social determinants of health. I have been closely involved with the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for 20 years and am currently a lead author for the Australia and New Zealand chapter in AR6. Examples of current work:  environmental health issues in China; climate change impacts in the Pacific; the effects of street changes on health and safety; pathways to sustainable, healthy and fair transport systems; the future of the bicycle.

 

 

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Environmental health
  • Tobacco control
  • Physical activity and health
  • Transport and health
  • Climate change
  • History of public health

Recent publications

Chapter

Woodward, A., & Wild, K. (2020). Active transportation, physical activity and health. In M. J. Nieuwenhuijsen, & H. Khreis (Eds.), Advances in transportation and health: Tools, technologies, policies, and developments (pp. 133-148). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedirect.com/

Journal article

Richards, J., Chambers, T., Hales, S., Joy, M., Radu, T., Woodward, A., . . . Baker, M. G. (2021). Nitrate contamination in drinking water and colorectal cancer: Exposure assessment and estimated health burden in New Zealand.. Environmental research, 112322. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2021.112322

Wild, K., & Woodward, A. (2021). The bicycle as 'constructive hope': Children, climate and active transport.. Journal of paediatrics and child health, 57(11), 1785-1788. doi:10.1111/jpc.15754

Auvinen, A., Cardis, E., Blettner, M., Moissonnier, M., Sadetzki, S., Giles, G., . . . and the INTERPHONE study group. (2021). Diagnostic radiological examinations and risk of intracranial tumours in adults-findings from the Interphone Study.. International journal of epidemiology. doi:10.1093/ije/dyab140

Hales, S., Atkinson, J., Metcalfe, J., Kuschel, G., & Woodward, A. (2021). Long term exposure to air pollution, mortality and morbidity in New Zealand: Cohort study.. The Science of the total environment, 801, 149660. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.149660

Chua, P. L. C., Huber, V., Ng, C. F. S., Seposo, X. T., Madaniyazi, L., Hales, S., . . . Hashizume, M. (2021). Global projections of temperature-attributable mortality due to enteric infections: a modelling study.. The Lancet. Planetary health, 5(7), e436-e445. doi:10.1016/s2542-5196(21)00152-2

Rafiepourgatabi, M., Woodward, A., Salmond, J. A., & Dirks, K. N. (2021). The Impact of Route Choice on Active Commuters' Exposure to Air Pollution: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities, 2, 565733. doi:10.3389/frsc.2020.565733

Rafiepourgatabi, M., Woodward, A., Salmond, J. A., & Dirks, K. N. (2021). Socioeconomic Status and Route Characteristics in Relation to Children's Exposure to Air Pollution from Road Traffic While Walking to School in Auckland, New Zealand.. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(9). doi:10.3390/ijerph18094996

Rafiepourgatabi, M., Woodward, A., Salmond, J. A., & Dirks, K. N. (2021). The Effect of Route Choice in Children's Exposure to Ultrafine Particles Whilst Walking to School.. International journal of environmental research and public health, 18(15). doi:10.3390/ijerph18157808

Ebi, K. L., Boyer, C., Ogden, N., Paz, S., Berry, P., Campbell-Lendrum, D., . . . Woodward, A. (2021). Burning embers: synthesis of the health risks of climate change. Environmental Research Letters, 16(4), 044042. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/abeadd

Woodward, A., Ebi, K. L., & Hess, J. J. (2021). Commentary: Responding to hazardous heat: think climate not weather.. International journal of epidemiology, 49(6), 1823-1825. doi:10.1093/ije/dyaa194

Mizdrak, A., Cobiac, L. J., Cleghorn, C. L., Woodward, A., & Blakely, T. (2020). Fuelling walking and cycling: human powered locomotion is associated with non-negligible greenhouse gas emissions.. Scientific reports, 10(1), 9196. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-66170-y

Lai, H., Hales, S., Woodward, A., Walker, C., Marks, E., Pillai, A., . . . Morton, S. M. (2020). Effects of heavy rainfall on waterborne disease hospitalizations among young children in wet and dry areas of New Zealand.. Environment international, 145, 106136. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.106136

Bassett, D., Hosking, J., Ameratunga, S., & Woodward, A. (2020). Variations in the health benefit valuations of active transport modes by age and ethnicity: A case study from New Zealand. Journal of Transport & Health, 19, 100953. doi:10.1016/j.jth.2020.100953

Jones, R., Kidd, B., Wild, K., & Woodward, A. (2020). Cycling amongst Māori: Patterns, influences and opportunities. New Zealand Geographer, 76(3), 182-193. doi:10.1111/nzg.12280

Thorne, R., Wild, K., Woodward, A., & Mackie, H. (2020). Cycling projects in low‐income communities: Exploring community perceptions of Te Ara Mua – Future Streets. New Zealand Geographer, 76(3), 170-181. doi:10.1111/nzg.12276

Hess, J. J., Ranadive, N., Boyer, C., Aleksandrowicz, L., Anenberg, S. C., Aunan, K., . . . Ebi, K. L. (2020). Guidelines for Modeling and Reporting Health Effects of Climate Change Mitigation Actions.. Environmental health perspectives, 128(11), 115001. doi:10.1289/ehp6745

Shaw, C., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Woodward, A. (2020). Corrigendum to: Is mode of transport to work associated with mortality in the working-age population? Repeated census-cohort studies in New Zealand, 1996, 2001 and 2006.. International journal of epidemiology, 49(5), 1761. doi:10.1093/ije/dyaa187

Shaw, C., Russell, M., Keall, M., MacBride-Stewart, S., Wild, K., Reeves, D., . . . Woodward, A. (2020). Beyond the bicycle: Seeing the context of the gender gap in cycling. Journal of Transport & Health, 18, 100871. doi:10.1016/j.jth.2020.100871

Woodward, A., Wild, K., & Samet, J. M. (2020). Why do we disagree?. International Journal of Epidemiology, 7 pages. doi:10.1093/ije/dyaa117

Woodward, A. (2020). How to Organize Public Health?. American Journal of Public Health, 110(6), 755-756. doi:10.2105/ajph.2020.305627

Macmillan, A., Smith, M., Witten, K., Woodward, A., Hosking, J., Wild, K., & Field, A. (2020). Suburb-level changes for active transport to meet the SDGs: Causal theory and a New Zealand case study.. The Science of the total environment, 714, 136678. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136678

Shaw, C., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Woodward, A. (2020). Is mode of transport to work associated with mortality in the working-age population? Repeated census-cohort studies in New Zealand 1996, 2001 and 2006. International Journal of Epidemiology, 49(2), 477-485. doi:10.1093/ije/dyz257

Woodward, A. (2019). Climate Change and the People’s Health. Sharon Friel. International Journal of Epidemiology, 49(1), 348-349. doi:10.1093/ije/dyz167

Bunker, A., Bärnighausen, T., Woodward, A., & Bullen, C. (2020). Housing structure and occupant behaviour to increase the environmental and health co-benefits of housing: Insights from expert interviews in New Zealand. Indoor and Built Environment, 30(4), 535-553. doi:10.1177/1420326x19897965

Ameratunga, S., & Woodward, A. (2020). Rising injuries in a hotter climate.. Nature medicine, 26(1), 22-23. doi:10.1038/s41591-019-0728-4

Blakely, T., Cleghorn, C., Petrović-van der Deen, F., Cobiac, L. J., Mizdrak, A., Mackenbach, J. P., . . . Wilson, N. (2020). Prospective impact of tobacco eradication and overweight and obesity eradication on future morbidity and health-adjusted life expectancy: simulation study.. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 74(4), 354-361. doi:10.1136/jech-2019-213091

Randal, E., Shaw, C., Woodward, A., Howden-Chapman, P., Macmillan, A., Hosking, J., . . . Keall, M. (2020). Fairness in Transport Policy: A New Approach to Applying Distributive Justice Theories. Sustainability, 12(23), 10102. doi:10.3390/su122310102

 

 

 

Report

Wild, K., Woodward, A., Herbert, S., Tiatia-Seath, J., Collings, S., Shaw, C., & Ameratunga, S. (2021). The relationship between transport and mental health in Aotearoa New Zealand (675). Wellington: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Retrieved from https://www.nzta.govt.nz/

Teaching | Current

POPLHLTH211 Introduction to Environmental Health

POPLHLTH725 Environmental Health

Areas of expertise

public health, epidemiology, environmental health

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Bassett, D., Hosking, J., Ameratunga, S., & Woodward, A. (2020). Variations in the health benefit valuations of active transport modes by age and ethnicity: A case study from New Zealand. Journal of Transport and Health, 19.10.1016/j.jth.2020.100953
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shanthi Ameratunga
  • Lai, H., Hales, S., Woodward, A., Walker, C., Marks, E., Pillai, A., ... Morton, S. M. (2020). Effects of heavy rainfall on waterborne disease hospitalizations among young children in wet and dry areas of New Zealand. Environment international, 14510.1016/j.envint.2020.106136
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Hofman, Hakkan Lai, Caroline Walker, Emma Marks, Avinesh Pillai, Susan Morton
  • Shaw, C., Russell, M., Keall, M., MacBride-Stewart, S., Wild, K., Reeves, D., ... Woodward, A. (2020). Beyond the bicycle: Seeing the context of the gender gap in cycling. JOURNAL OF TRANSPORT & HEALTH, 1810.1016/j.jth.2020.100871
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kirsty Wild
  • Woodward, A., Wild, K., & Samet, J. M. (2020). Why do we disagree?. International Journal of Epidemiology10.1093/ije/dyaa117
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kirsty Wild
  • Mizdrak, A., Cobiac, L. J., Cleghorn, C. L., Woodward, A., & Blakely, T. (2020). Fuelling walking and cycling: human powered locomotion is associated with non-negligible greenhouse gas emissions. Scientific reports, 10 (1)10.1038/s41598-020-66170-y
  • Woodward, A. (2020). The Health of the People. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 110 (6), 755-756. 10.2105/AJPH.2020.305627
  • Shaw, C., Blakely, T., Atkinson, J., & Woodward, A. (2020). Is mode of transport to work associated with mortality in the working-age population? Repeated census-cohort studies in New Zealand 1996, 2001 and 2006. International Journal of Epidemiology, 49 (2), 477-485. 10.1093/ije/dyz257
  • Blakely, T., Cleghorn, C., Petrović-van der Deen F, Cobiac, L. J., Mizdrak, A., Mackenbach, J. P., ... Wilson, N. (2020). Prospective impact of tobacco eradication and overweight and obesity eradication on future morbidity and health-adjusted life expectancy: simulation study. Journal of epidemiology and community health, 74 (4), 354-361. 10.1136/jech-2019-213091

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