Project status: Completed

Over the past century, there has been escalating global environmental changes (GECs) largely driven by rapid industrialization, population growth, over-consumption of natural resources and associated waste disposal challenges, as well as the inappropriate uses of technology. The GECs include climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, loss of biodiversity, resource depletion and land degradation. These changes are already having, and will increasingly continue to have significant impacts on human health and well-being.

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  • Australian Research Council
  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • National Chinese Natural Science Foundation of China
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External collaborators
  • Professor Xiaochuan Pan, Peking University Health Sciences Centre, Beijing, China
  • Professor Xiaoming Shen & Chonghuai Yan, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
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Lead unit Faculty of Health Other units
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Environmental pollution poses a formidable challenge to sustainable development in China

The complexity and multiplicity of these issues pose significant challenges to scientists, policy-makers, stakeholders and the general public. The School of Public Health at Peking University, Institute of Child Health Research at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the QUT School of Public Health and Social Work have been collaborating in an epidemiological research program of ecosystem change and population health for many years.

We found that exposure to environmental pollutants (e.g., air pollution and mercury) can directly impair population health. This research program is primarily funded by Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council, and National Chinese Natural Science Foundation of China. Research findings have mainly been published in prestigious environmental health journals. Prof Shilu Tong has been expanding his collaboration with epidemiologists and environmental health researchers in China.


  • The School of Public Health, Peking University
  • Institute of Child Health Research, Shanghai Jiao Tong University