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Associate Professor Shanshan (Shandy) Li works at School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. She joined Monash University from March 2017 where she is the Deputy Head of Climate, Air Quality Research (CARE) Unit and the Group Leader of Children’s Environmental Health Research, leading an interdisciplinary research team on human health in the context of global environmental change. She holds a PhD in Public Health (awarded in 2014) from The University of Queensland, a Master of Medical Sciences (awarded in 2010) from Peking University, and a Medical Degree (awarded in 2006) from Capital Medical University in China. Following completion of her PhD, she undertook a two-year postdoctoral training supported by a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence − Centre for Air quality & health Research and evaluation administered by The University of Sydney.


Shandy has background in medicine, public health and biostatistics, and is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with special focuses on atmospheric environmental health and extensive child health issues. She is a NHMRC Emerging Leadership (Level 2) Fellow and was recipient of NHMRC Early Career Fellowship. She has published broadly in top-ranked international journals (e.g., The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Nature Medicine, The Lancet and its subsidiary journals, British Medical Journal, JAMA subsidiary journals, PLoS Medicine, European Respiratory Journal, Thorax, Environmental Health Perspectives, Environment International, etc.), and as chief investigator successfully secured competitive grants from local, national and international funding bodies. Shandy is an Academic Editor of PLoS Climate, Associate Editor of BMC Public Health, Topics Editor of Atmosphere, and Editorial Board Member of Environmental Research and Annals of Cancer Epidemiology. She is a regular peer reviewer for a number of prestigious journals and various Australian and international funding schemes. She sits on several scientific committees for research, consultation and training.


Shandy’s research of human health in the context of global environmental change is a collaborative work that brings together researchers worldwide. She has built and maintained collaborative networks across Australia and globally to produce high-impact large-scale evidence that informs policy and healthcare. The importance of her work has been adopted by governmental authorities and research councils to make guidelines and take measures to prevent the impacts of air pollution and extreme weather on human health. Her expertise has been recognised by her outputs among the most highly cited in the field and by the substantial media attention her work has received.

Research interests

  • Planetary and Environmental Health [Environmental Epidemiology, Air Pollution, Climate Change, Exposure and Health Risk Assessment, Temperature, Extreme Weather, Wildfire Smoke, Greenness]

  • Child Health [Perinatal Health, Birth Outcomes, Children’s Respiratory Health, Childhood Asthma and Allergy, Growth and Development, Activity Pattern and Behaviour]

  • Public Health and Epidemiology [Methodological Design, Chronic Disease, Infectious Disease, Global Health, Sustainable Development]

  • Biostatistics [Quantitative Analysis, Mixed Effects Modelling, Cox Regression, Spatiotemporal Modelling, Machine Learning]

Supervision interests

Accepting PhD students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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