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Dr. Ana Raquel Nunes

Job Title
Assistant Professor (Research Focussed)
WMS - Health Sciences
Research Interests

Public Health, Health Promotion, Disease Prevention.
Global Health and Planetary Health.
Health in All Policies.
Wider determinants of health.
Asset-based approaches and assets for health.
Sustainable Development Goals and Health.
Relationship between the environment and health.
Human health impacts of extreme weather events.
Vulnerability, Resilience, and Adaptation assessments.
Resilience building interventions.
Research methodologies.
Mixed methods research.


Ana Raquel Nunes has over 18 years' experience working across the field of public health, having held positions in universities, hospitals and in the World Health Organization (WHO). She began her career as a Biomedical Scientist and Public Health Researcher investigating the health impacts of heatwaves. More recently she worked as a Consultant for Living Environments at the WHO, where she was responsible for supporting the implementation, analysis and evaluation of the Local Housing and Health Action Plan (LHHAP) project

Raquel holds a PhD in Public Health and Environmental Sciences, a master degree in Public Health (MPH), where she specialised in health promotion and health protection, and a MPhil in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies. She holds a dual degree in Biomedical Science and Public Health.

Raquel has been involved in peer-reviewed work for the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), NIHR (National Institute for Health Research), ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), ICSU (International Council for Science), WIREs Climate Change, BMC Public Health, American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), Journal of Public Health (JPH), and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). She was a member of the Netherlands' Government Review team, reviewing the Human Health Chapter for the Fifth Assessment Report of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), organized by the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2013).

Raquel was invited by the Science Policy Centre at the Royal Society to provide expert opinion on a range of biophysical interventions for improving resilience to heatwaves aiming at reducing the impact of hazards on people and communities on a project examining human resilience to extreme weather (2014).
Raquel was also invited to review the most recent report by the ICSU 'A guide to SDG interactions: from science to implementation' (2018).

Raquel joined the Warwick Medical School (WMS) in January 2015 and is currently a Senior Research Fellow. She contributes to research within the Warwick Medical School through the writing of grant proposals for funding and provides support and advice on research proposals for submission to peer-review funding for the Warwick hub of the NIHR Research Design Service West Midlands (NIHR RDS WM). Additionally, she also contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision within the WMS (MB ChB, MPH, PhD).

Title Funder Award start Award end
Research Design Service renewal 2018 National Institute for Health Research (DoH) 01 Oct 2018 30 Sep 2023
Compound dry-hot extreme events ? enablers and barriers to individual and community preparedness and response Quadrature Climate Foundation (QCF) 01 Sep 2021 01 Dec 2021