Global Change

Rapid climatic, environmental and societal changes are leading to the emergence of new diseases and the spread of existing ones. The Institute is providing evidence to help predict and mitigate the impacts of climate, environmental, and societal change on human and animal health.

Highlights of our research include:

Carri Westgarth walking dogs

Human-Animal interactions

Our research looks at the impact of dogs on human welfare and wellbeing, and also the increasingly recognised public health and political issue of dog bites. Read more...


Goats in EthiopiaImpact of climate change on disease spread

Climate change is one of our greatest long-term challenges. Increasing global temperatures will bring changes to weather patterns, rising sea levels and more frequent and intense extreme weather events. These changes will affect our lives in many ways. Read more here...


Raquel in AfricaEmerging and Zoonotic infections

We host the NIHR Health Protection Research unit in Emerging and Zoonotic infections, working on infectious diseases including ebola and Zika. Read more...


Vapers are vulnerable to pneumococcal infection

Whilst the impact of tobacco smoking on health has long been known, the impact of using e-cigarettes is less clear. Our research looks at the potential impact to health of new trends. Read more...