Natasha Kuruppu

Qualifications: PhD (Oxford)
Affiliation: United Nations University - International Institute for Global Health, University of Technology Sydney- Insitute for Sustainable Futures
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Dr. Natasha Kuruppu is currently a post-doctoral fellow with UNU-IIGH as part of their Planetary Change and Health programme. Natasha is a climate change adaptation specialist with a focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Her doctoral thesis, which was completed at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, England, examined the interactions between climate change and water management systems in both urban and rural settings in the Micronesian atoll nation of Kiribati. Since then, Natasha has continued to lead climate adaptation research projects in Australia which have focused on adaptation related to local government, small business (SME) sector, health systems in the Pacific and community adaptation in Sydney, Australia.
Natasha’s current research focuses on examining the role of Indigenous and local knowledge for human health responses to climate change, particularly in SIDS. She is also examining the interactions between urbanisation and climate adaptation through a governance and social justice lens. She has also been actively involved in developing the urban health agenda as part of UNU-IIGH’s Urban Thinkers Campus ( which informs the forthcoming UNHABITAT III conference, see:

Natasha also serves on the Executive Committee of the international network ‘Academics Stand Against Poverty – Oceanina Chapter’ which is an international association focused on helping researchers and teachers enhance their impact on poverty.

Current research

My research interests are related to:
-understanding the process of climate adaptation in Small Island Developing States
-exploring the role of Indigenous and local knowledge and religion/spirituality for human health responses to climate change
-examining the intersections between urbanisation and climate change adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region