Professor Alistair Jack Woodward



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

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)

  • 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 and Health, 18.10.1016/j.jth.2020.100871
    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
  • 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, 71410.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136678
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melody Smith, Jamie Hosking, Kirsty Wild
  • Ameratunga, S., & Woodward, A. (2020). Rising injuries in a hotter climate. Nature medicine, 26 (1), 22-23. 10.1038/s41591-019-0728-4
  • Woodward, A. (2019). Climate change and the surgeon: what is the problem? Why is it so hard? What can be done?. ANZ journal of surgery, 89 (11), 1358-1363. 10.1111/ans.15562


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1010
New Zealand

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