Peng Bi

Professor Peng Bi


School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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

Dr Peng Bi is a Professor of Public Health at the University of Adelaide. Dr. Bi’s main research interest is the environmental health, climate change, infectious diseases, emergency public health event response and population health.

Professor Peng Bi has contributed to the fields of environmental epidemiology, ecosystem health and infectious disease epidemiology. He has wide research experience in identifying and managing environmental health problems, including the impact of climate change on population health. Additionally, his ecology and health approach has been applied to spatio-temporal disease patterns in various ecosystem health situations.

His most significant contributions to the field are his research work on climate change and its impact on population health including communicable and non-communicable diseases and work-related injuries and illnesses in occupational settings, both in Australia and overseas. He has established a solid track record and publications in the field of communicable diseases, particularly those which are climate sensitive such as food borne, mosquito borne and rodent borne diseases. His recent research activities focus on climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities including older people, outdoor workers and CALD communities. He also undertakes research projects in One Health area.

He is a Fellow of The Academy of The Social Sciences in Australia.


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

Category One (National Competitive Grants)

  1. Bi P, Dear K, Ostendorf B, Stocks N, Liew D, Nairn J. Mapping climate change vulnerability of older Australians to extreme heat. ARC Discovery Project 2023-2025
  2. Guo Y, Capon A, Bi P, Jalaludin B, Hu W, Green D, Zhang Y, Arblaster J, Li S, Phung D. Climate Change and Human Health in Asia: Current Impacts, Future Risks, and Health Benefits of Mitigation Policies. NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program Grant, 2021-2023
  3. Bi P, Dear K, Morgan G, Zhang Y, Capon A, Driscoll T. Climate change and burden of disease: current risk and future burden. ARC Discovery Project 2020-2022;
  4. Bi P, Pisaniello D, Zander K, Dear K, Xiang J, Sim M. Heat stress in the workplace: Health burden and labour productivity loss. ARC Discover Project 2019-2021;
  5. Bi P, Karnon J, Dear K, Bambrick H, Hansen A, and Scalley B, Jian L, Xiao J, Nairn J, Nitschke M. Healthcare costs of heatwaves and benefits of a health intervention. NHMRC Project Grant, 2018-2021
  6. Jay O, Crandall C, Capon A, Bi P, Sing M, Gagnon D. Identifying optimal sustainable cooling strategies for the most vulnerable during heatwaves. NHMRC Project grant, 2018-2022,
  7. CIs McBryde E, Larkins S, Clements A, Marais B, Siba P,  Whittaker M, Burkot T, MacLaren D,  Milne G,  Speare R; AIs: Bi P, Bugoro H, Britton W, Schofield L. Tropical partnerships to strengthen health systems responses to infectious diseases threats Australian Government Northern Australia Tropical Disease Collaborative Research Programme/ The Tropical Disease Research Regional Collaboration Initiative. 2016-17
  8. Pisaniello D, Bi P, Barnett A, Sim M, Heyworth J, Hanson-Easey S, Rowett S, Nitschke M. Occupational injury prevention in high temperature environments. ARC Discovery Project 2016-18
  9. 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. Australian Government National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Research Network (Vulnerable Community and Human Health). 2014-17
  10. Bi P, Liu Q, Weinstein P, Cameron S, Hansen A, Williams C, Sun Y, Han G. Building Capacity to curb the public health impact of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases due to climate change in China. Australian Government AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme, 2013-17
  11. Bi P, Weinstein P, Arbon P, Nitschke M, Zhang Y, Liu Q, Pan X, Zhang J. Extreme heat and population health in China. Australian Government Australia-China Science and Research Fund: Group Mission. 2012-13
  12. Bi P, Newbury J, Robinson G, Pisaniello D, Saniotis A. Assisting rural communities in South Australia adapt to the health challenges of increasing temperatures and climate change ARC Discovery Project 2012-13
  13. Bi P, Walker I, Nitschke M, Saniotis A, Hansen A, Zhang Y, Hodgetts K. Cognitive and affective barriers to climate change adaptation: Exploring the risk and adaptation appraisals of South Australians to different climate risks. 2011-13, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and Australian Government Department of Climate Change.
  14. Bi P, Zhang Y, Dear K, Pisaniello D, Weinstein P, Nitschke M, Tucker G, Shakib S. The unfold story of 2009 Adelaide heatwave: risk factors for morbidity and mortality. ARC Linkage Project 2011-13
  15. Bi P, Saniotis A, Bensen J, Tan Y, Nitschke M, Wilson L, Han G, Smyth V, Hansen A. Extreme heat and climate change: adaptation in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. 2011-13, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and Australian Government Department of Climate Change
  16. Mentor of a NHMRC Public Health Training Fellow (Dr Ying Zhang) entitled Adaptation to climate change in the Australian ageing population, 2009-13
  17. Bi P, Pisaniello D, Kitson A, Newbury J, Nitschke M, Keen B. Adaptive capabilities in the elderly during extreme heat events in South Australia ARC linkage project 2010-11
  18. Bi P, Hiller JE, Ryan P, Roder D, Han G. Change disease pattern amongst migrants: A focus on national health priority areas. ARC linkage project 2008-10
  19. Bi P; Pisaniello D; Parton K; Weinstein P; Han G; Nitschke M; Saniotis A: Heatwaves,    population health, and emergency management in Australia‑a qualitative ARC linkage project 2009-10
  20. Bi P, Ryan P, Weinstein P, Pisaniello D, Parton K, Moss J, Braunack-Mayer A. Heatwaves and Population health in Australia major cities: Risk assessment and strategy exploration. ARC Discovery project 2008-11
  21. Bi P, Ryan P, Pisaniello D, Nitschke M, Curran B. Air pollution, climatic variables and health outcomes (Hospital admission, emergency department attendance and usage of Ambulance services) in Adelaide. ARC Linkage project, 2006-08
  22. Braunack-Mayer A, Rogers W, Moss J, Hiller J, Bi P, Salter A. Citizens’ juries: enabling effective influenza pandemic policy through engagement with the community, ARC Linkage Project, 2007-2008
  23. Slaney D, Adlam B, Baker V, Hope V, Nokes C, Sheat A, Tompkins D, McBride G, Ye W, French N, Bi P, Gardner N, Salinger J, Cronin K, Weinstein P. Health Analysis & Information For Action (HAIFA) – A Resource System For Reducing New Zealand’s Vulnerability To Human Health Impacts Of Climate Variation And Change. New Zealand Government, 2008-12
  24. McMichael A, Capon T, Bowers J, Gorman D, Spickett J, Newman P, Beggs P, Currie B, Nicholls N, Bi P, Blashki G, Kelly B, Beebes S, Williams C, Bambrick H. Climate change and human health research network, Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, 2007-10

Category Two

  1. Bi P, Hanson-Easey S. Understanding the environmental risk information needs of Chinese tourists. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2017-18
  2. Bi P, Hanson-Easey S, Williams S, Hansen A. Communicating about extreme heat: overcoming message fatigue, complacency and threat normalisation. Government of South Australia, 2017-18
  3. Weinstein P, Bi P, Pisaniello D. Bridging ecology and health research at the University of Adelaide, University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund, 2015
  4. Bi P, Williams S, Hansen A, Weinstein P, Nairn J, Beattie C, Bolton S. National Extreme Heat Warnings: Investigating Regional Temperature Triggers and Responses. Australian Government Attorney General’s Department. 2014-16
  5. Bi P, Hanson-Easey S, Williams S, Hansen A, Weinstein P, Nairn J, Beattie C. Develop and communicate bushfire and heatwave information to CALD community. Sponsor: Australian Government Attorney General’s Department. 2015-17
  6. Bi P, Nitschke M, Smyth V, Hanson A, Saniotis A. Risk communication to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community in South Australia. Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Program 2013-14. Australian Government Attorney-General Department, Government of South Australia, South Australia Fire and Emergency Services Commission
  7. Bi P, Hansen A, Nitschke M, Cusack L, Smyth V, Pugh L, Clarke D, Saffi P. Heat Health Message: a RCT of preventative messages in the older population in SA. 2013-14, South Australian Government Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and SA Health
  8. Bi P, Kralik D, Arbon P, Pisaniello D, McAslan A, Nitschke M. Building community resilience to deal with health impact of extreme heat events in South Australia. 2011-12, Australian National Natural Disaster Resilience Program supported by the Australian Government Department of Attorney General
  9. Bi P, Cameron S, Hiller J, Givney R. Defining the local ecology of Ross River virus infections as a basis for risk assessment and better prevention strategies in South Australia. 2004-05 Funded by the SA Department of Health HSRIP grant scheme
  10. Bi P, Williams S, Nitschke M. Temperature threshold detection in Adelaide to project population health from extreme heat 2009-10 SA Department of Health

Course Coordinator: Global Public Health

Course Coordinator: MPH Dissertation


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2024 Principal Supervisor Impact of ambient temperature on health outcomes in Australia: risk, burden, vulnerability, and future projections Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yannan Li
    2024 Principal Supervisor Climate change and infectious diseases Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Full Time Miss Christina Mary Varghese
    2023 Principal Supervisor Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability of Older Australians Due to Extreme Heat for Tailored Health Adaptations Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Sabrina Guensche
    2023 Principal Supervisor Impact of increased temperatures on child health outcomes in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Clare Olivia Faurie
    2020 Principal Supervisor Climate Change and Burden of Disease in Australia: Current Attributable Risk and Future Burden Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yohannes Tefera Damtew
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2024 Principal Supervisor Burden of non-communicable diseases attributable to high temperature in Australia: current and future projections in a changing climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jingwen Liu
    2019 - 2023 Principal Supervisor The impact of heat on occupational injuries, illnesses and associated economic costs in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Matthew Anthony Borg
    2019 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The One Health Approach to Q Fever Prevention and Control in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Md Rezanur Rahaman
    2018 - 2023 Principal Supervisor Heat and Work, Health, and Safety in Australia: Intra-urban risk assessment, future projections, and workplace policy analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Syeda Hira Fatima
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Climate Change and Childhood Diarrhoea in Kathmandu, Nepal: A Health Risk Assessment and Exploration of Surveillance Capacity Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dinesh Bhandari
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Biodiversity, Environmental Microbiomes and Human Health Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Craig Anthony Liddicoat
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Understanding the healthcare costs of temperature-related morbidity under the changing climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Berhanu Wondmagegn
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Understanding the Heat-Work Injury Phenomenon in Australia: An Evaluation of Risk, Susceptibility and Attributable Burden Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Blesson Mathew Varghese
    2015 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Measurement, impact and mitigation of heatwaves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr John Richard Nairn
    2014 - 2017 Principal 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
    2012 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Epidemiology, Seasonal Variation and Factors Associated with HIV Testing and Sexually Transmitted Infections Among Men Who Have Sex with Men and Heterosexuals in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Bin Li
    2010 - 2014 Principal 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
    2010 - 2017 Principal Supervisor The Relationship between Warm Season Temperatures and Heatwaves on the Incidence of Salmonella and Campylobacter Cases in Adelaide, South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Adriana Milazzo
    2008 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Changing Disease Patterns Amongst Migrants: a Focus on the Australian National Health Priority Areas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Olga Anikeeva
    2006 - 2010 Principal Supervisor Risk Assessment for Environmental Health in Adelaide Based on Weather, Air Pollution and Population Health Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Alana Hansen
    2005 - 2008 Principal Supervisor HIV/AIDS Behavioural Surveillance Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in China - Community and Internet Based Surveys Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Dapeng Zhang
    2004 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Evaluation of a Lead Exposure Reduction Intervention for Shutdown Maintenance Contractors at a Primary Lead Smelter Master of Medical Science Master Full Time Mr Julian Sibly
    2004 - 2007 Principal Supervisor HCV Infection in South Australian Prisoners: Prevalence, Transmission, Risk Factors and Prospects for Harm Reduction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Emma Miller
    2004 - 2007 Principal Supervisor The Relationship between Climate Variation and Selected Infectious Diseases: Australian and Chinese Perspectives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Ying Zhang
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2006 - 2010 National Health and Medical Research Council NHMRC Guideline Assessment Register, Preferred provider for the provision of evidence-based medicine expertise to organisations developing clinical practice guidelines for National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approval. Health services and related Australia
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  • Building: Rundle Mall Plaza, floor 4
  • Org Unit: Public Health

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