Dr James Smith

Assistant Director of Public Health Studies at Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge

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Assistant Director of Public Health Studies at Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
Cambridge Zero David MacKay Research Associate, Darwin College
Sustainability Lead, Cambridge Public Health

James is Assistant Director of Public Health Studies in the Public Health Education Group in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health where he leads teaching for clinical medical students on global health and justice issues including on climate change and sustainable healthcare. He is the lead for the Planetary Health unit in the MPhil in Population Health Sciences (to begin in 2021-22).

He is a Cambridge Zero David MacKay Research Associate at Darwin College with interests in decarbonisation of the healthcare, health co-benefits from climate action and how we can catalyse urgent systemic change to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

James is also the co-lead of the sustainability theme for Cambridge Public Health. He supervises student projects on a range of research questions related to environmental sustainability and health, most recently on inhalers. He sits on the national working group for inhalers run by NHS England.

In addition to his university role James works as a local GP in Cambridge. He is a member of the Royal College of GPs and a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health UK. In the past James has worked for Public Health England, at the time newly formed, to establish its Sustainability Programme which brought together its work related to climate change, extreme weather events and sustainable development into a single comprehensive programme.

For more information: Twitter @drjnsmith.

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