Associate Professor Kim Natasha Dirks

BSc, MSc(1st Hons), PhD

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Environmental physics
  • Air pollution modelling
  • Air pollution exposure
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Urban green space
  • Environmental noise

Teaching | Current

  • Physics 160 – Physics for the Life Sciences (Medical Physics Component)
  • Audiol 715 – Physics and Acoustics for Audiology
  • Audiol 714 - Hearing Aids and Other Devices (Contributor)
  • Poplhlth 726 - Health Protection (Contributor)

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD: Mehrdad Rafiepour- Public Health (with J. Salmond and A. Woodward) 
  • MSc: Hannah Marley - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)
  • MSc: Wilson Wu - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)
  • MSc: Alana Chester - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)
  • MSc: Shymala Sidharth - Environmental Science (with J. Salmond)

Distinctions/Honours

  • Sustained Excellence in Teaching - UoA
  • Butland Award of Sustained Excellence in Teaching  - Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences - UoA

Responsibilities

Acting Head of School (July to December 2018)

Acting Head of Section (January to June 2018)

Editorial Board Member:

  • Hazardous Matters (New Journal 2018)
  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)
  • J- Multidisciplinary Scientific Journal
  • Open Atmospheric Science Journal
  • European Journal of Environment and Public Health

Areas of expertise

Air pollution

Environmental noise

Urban design

 

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • University Staffing Committee - Elected Sub-Professorial member
  • University of  Auckland 'Women in Leadership Programme' - Member of the working group
  • Future Director Programme Participant (MetService) - 2018

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bauer, K., Bosker, T., Dirks, K. N., & Behrens, P. (2018). The impact of seating location on black carbon exposure in public transit buses: Implications for vulnerable groups. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 62, 577-583. 10.1016/j.trd.2018.04.009
  • Wang, J. Y. T., Dirks, K. N., Ehrgott, M., Pearce, J., & Cheung, A. K. L. (2018). Supporting healthy route choice for commuter cyclists: The trade-off between travel time and pollutant dose. Operations Research for Health Care10.1016/j.orhc.2018.04.001
  • Nichani, V., Dirks, K., Burns, B., Bird, A., & Grant, C. (2017). Green Space and Depression during Pregnancy: Results from the Growing Up in New Zealand Study. International journal of environmental research and public health, 14 (9).10.3390/ijerph14091083
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44268
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Grant, Bruce Burns, Amy Bird, Susan Morton
  • Villanueva, K., Badland, H., & Oliver, M. (2017). How does the neighbourhood built environment influence child development?. Children's Health and Wellbeing in Urban Environments (pp. 45-58). 10.4324/9781315571560
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jennifer Salmond
  • Nichani, V., Dirks, K., Burns, B., Bird, A., Morton, S., & Grant, C. (2017). Green space and pregnancy outcomes: Evidence from Growing Up in New Zealand. Health and Place, 46, 21-28. 10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.04.007
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34593
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Burns, Amy Bird, Susan Morton, Cameron Grant
  • Chen, J., Bullen, C., & Dirks, K. (2017). A comparative health risk assessment of electronic cigarettes and conventional cigarettes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (4)10.3390/ijerph14040382
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35431
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chris Bullen

Identifiers

Contact details

Alternative contact

Correct location:

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - POPULATION HEALTH
Level 3, Room 730-361
GATE 1 MORRIN RD
261 MORRIN RD
Auckland 1072
GLEN INNES
New Zealand

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 730 - Bldg 730
Level 3, Room 362
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD
ST JOHNS
AUCKLAND 1072
New Zealand

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