Alana Hansen

Dr Alana Hansen

Senior Research Associate

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Alana Hansen is a Research Associate in the School of Public Health’s Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Unit. Since completing her PhD on the effects of weather and air pollution on population health in Adelaide, her research has focussed on the health impacts of extreme heat and climate change in vulnerable populations. She uses a mixed methods approach with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Dr Hansen’s interests include barriers to adaptation in older persons and the adaptive capacity of migrants and refugees to extreme heat and climate change. Her research involves collaborations with stakeholders in government and non-government organisations and her work has been translated into policy and practice. Her current research focusses on building capacity to curb the public health impact of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases due to climate change in China.

 

For details on projects available please view the following booklet: School of Public Health Student Projects

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Senior Research Associate Level B University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2016 Research Associate University of Adelaide
    1995 - 2006 Technical Assistant Flinders University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2014 Award The University of Adelaide School of Population Health Travel and Professional Development Grant The University of Adelaide
    2010 Research Award University Doctoral Research Medal
    2010 Award Best Thesis Award School of Population Health and Clinical Practice
    2008 Fellowship Postgraduate Travelling Fellowship The University of Adelaide
    2008 Award International Society for Exposure Analysis Joint Conference Travel Award International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
    2006 Scholarship Australian Research Council Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) scholarship Australian Research Council Australian
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2005 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Public Health
    2002 Flinders University Australia Bachelor of Science
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    0 Medical Technicians' Certificate South Australian Institute of Technology Australia
  • Research Interests

Competitive Research Funding

International Competitive Schemes                                                                                                                                               

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2014-2017 (Vulnerable Community and Human Health) Bi P, Pisaniello D, Hansen A, Williams S, Hanson-Easey S, Weinstein, P, Hugo G, Tan Y, Melissa Nursey-Bray M, Beer A, Nitschke N, Boland J, Han G, Loughan M, Black D, Zhang Y, Wilson L, Davis A, Reeves J, Tong S, Berry H. Health).     National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Research Network $400,000
  Develop and communicate bushfire and heat-wave information to CALD community.         Bi P, Hanson-Easey S, Williams S, Hansen A, Weinstein P, Nairn J, Beattie C.   Australian Government Attorney General’s Department.     $145,000
  National extreme heat warnings: investigating regional temperature triggers and responses. Bi P, Williams S, Hansen A, Weinstein P, Nairn J, Beattie C, Bolton S.   Australian Government Attorney General’s Department (National Emergency Management Projects) Phase 2      $178,000
  National extreme heat warnings: investigating reg-ional temperature triggers and responses.        Bi P, Weinstein P.   Australian Government Attorney General’s Department (National Emerg-ency Management Projects) Phase 1     $182,000
2013 Heat health messages: a randomised controlled trial of preventive messages in the older population in South Australia Bi P, Hansen A, Nitschke M Government of SA. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. Sustain-ability and Climate Change  $26,358
2013 Risk communication to culturally and linguistically diverse communities in South Australia Bi P, Liu Q, Weinstein P, Cameron S, Hansen A, Williams C, Sun Y, Han G-S. Government of South Australia. South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission  $196,428
2013 Building capacity to curb the public health impact of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases due to climate change in China. Bi P, Liu Q, Weinstein P, Cameron S, Hansen A, Williams C, Sun Y, Han G-S.       Australian Development Research Awards Scheme        $885,111
2011 Extreme heat and climate change: adaptation in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Bi P, Saniotis A, Benson J, Tan Y, Nitschke M, Wilson W, Han G-S, Smyth V, Hansen A National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF).       $248,229
2011 Heat-Ready: Adapting Aged Care Facilities to prevent premature death in elderly Australians. Black D, Veitch C, Hansen A, Wilson L, Broome R, Hunt S. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF).    $199,955
  Cognitive and affective barriers to climate change adaptation (2011). Bi P, Walker I, Nitschke M, Saniotis A, Zhang Y, Hansen A. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF). $165,412
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Climate change and burden of disease: current risk and future burden Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jingwen Liu
    2016 Co-Supervisor Workers health and safety at high temperatures: New perspectives on injury prevention. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Blesson Mathew Varghese
    2014 Co-Supervisor Thermal Comfort and Health in Aging Australians Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Rachel Desley Bills
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Developing Health-Related Climate Indicators - A Case Study of South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Maryam Navi
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Health Professionals' Perceptions of Dengue Fever, Malaria and Hemorrhagic Fever with Renal Syndrome in the Face of Climate Change in China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Michael Tong
    2010 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Extreme Heat and Workers’ Health in South Australia: Association, perceptions, and adaptations in the workplace Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jianjun Xiang
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2008 - ongoing Australasian Epidemiological Association
    2008 - ongoing Public Health Association of Australia
    2008 - ongoing International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • Position: Senior Research Associate
  • Phone: 83131043
  • Email: alana.hansen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9062.13
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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