After conducting her first MSc in International Development Studies (specialisation in health behaviour change and climate change adaptation in developing countries) at Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands, Tanya worked as a researcher at the climate change department of Wageningen Environmental Research. Here she focused, among others, on environmental health risk factors in South Asia. One of her latest projects was to lead an extensive heat exposure measurement campaign in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan in a low socio-economic urban setting with the goal to give advice on heat adaptation measures. Parallel to her research work in the Netherlands, Tanya started in 2018 her second Masters in Public Health (specialisation environmental health) at the renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. In 2019 she was awarded the prestigious Scientia PhD Scholarship at the Climate Change Research Centre of UNSW.
Project: Effects of prenatal environmental risk factors on birth outcomes
Supervised by: Donna Green, Katrin Meissner, John Kaldor, Edward Jegasothy
Project Description: Tanya's research aims to shed light on the complex interplay between environmental factors and birth outcomes. Her study focuses on exploring the effects of extreme temperatures and air pollution on adverse birth outcomes. Specifically, she is investigating the individual and combined effects of temperature and air pollution on preterm births, as well as the effects of bushfire smoke exposure on pregnancy outcomes.