Professor Anthony Capon

BMedSci MBBS PhD FAFPHM
Interim Director
University of Sydney Planetary Health Initiative


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Biographical details

Tony is the inaugural Professor of Planetary Health at the University of Sydney. A public health physician and authority on environmental health and health promotion, his research focuses on urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. Previously, Tony directed the global health institute at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH) and held professorial appointments at Australian National University and University of Canberra. During 1991-2006, he was the foundation director of public health and medical officer of health in western Sydney. Since 2008, Tony has been advising the International Council for Science on the development of their global interdisciplinary program on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment using systems approaches. He has won NHMRC and WHO fellowships, and research funding from NHMRC, ARC, CSIRO, Rockefeller Foundation and British Council. Tony is a member of the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health that published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015, the advisory committee for the Planetary Health Alliance and the Editorial Advisory Board for The Lancet Planetary Health.

Selected grants

2017

  • Translating Evidence to Support Planning strategies for Healthier Higher Density living; Prior J, Kent J, Thompson S, Thomas L, Capon A, Rissel C, Adams J; UrbanGrowth NSW Development Corporation/Research Support.
  • Planetary Health Initiative - DVCR Seed Funding (DVCR-730); Capon A; Planetary Health Initiative/Internal Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Butler, C., Dixon, J., Capon, A. (2016). Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding. Canberra: ANU Press.

Book Chapters

  • Puppim de Oliveira, J., Doll, C., Siri, J., Dreyfus, M., Farzaneh, H., Capon, A. (2017). A systems approach for health/environment/climate co-benefits in cities. In Christopher Doll, Jose Puppim de Oliveira (Eds.), Urbanization and Climate Co-Benefits: Implementation of win-win interventions in cities, (pp. 302-319). New York: Taylor & Francis. [More Information]
  • Capon, A., Dannenberg, A. (2016). Healthy Communities. In Howard Frumkin (Eds.), Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 3rd Edition, (pp. 377-413). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Capon, A. (2015). Human Habitat and Health: Interdisciplinary and Integrative Perspectives. Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding, (pp. 595-606). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Reid, J., Capon, A., Dixon, J. (2015). Much Said, Much to be Done: A Field Collaboration between Scientists and Visual Artists about Contested Landscapes in Western Sydney. Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding, (pp. 37-56). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2015). The co-benefits framework for understanding and action on climate change. In Hugh Barton, Susan Thompson, Sarah Burgess, Marcus Grant (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a Sustainable and Healthy Future, (pp. 319-332). Oxon: Routledge.
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2012). Healthy Planning. In Susan Thompson, Paul Maginn (Eds.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, 2nd Edition, (pp. 381-408). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Capon, A., Thompson, S. (2011). Built Environments of the Future. In A. L. Dannenberg, H. Frumkin, and R. J. Jackson (Eds.), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability, (pp. 366-378). Washington: Island Press.

Journals

  • Hill-Cawthorne, G., Capon, A., Sorrell, T., Marais, B. (2017). A planetary health approach to emerging infections in Australia. The Lancet, 389(10076), 1293. [More Information]
  • Lilford, R., Oyebode, O., Satterthwaite, D., Melendez-Torres, G., Chen, Y., Mberu, B., Watson, S., Sartori, J., Ndugwa, R., Capon, A., et al (2017). Improving the health and welfare of people who live in slums. The Lancet, 389(10068), 559-570. [More Information]
  • Ezeh, A., Oyebode, O., Satterthwaite, D., Chen, Y., Ndugwa, R., Sartori, J., Mberu, B., Melendez-Torres, G., Haregu, T., Watson, S., et al (2017). The history, geography, and sociology of slums and the health problems of people who live in slums. The Lancet, 389(10068), 547-558. [More Information]
  • Kuruppu, N., Capon, A. (2016). Climate change and health. The Lancet, 387(10017), 430-430. [More Information]
  • Phan, K., Kim, K., Huoy, L., Phan, S., Se, S., Capon, A., Hashim, J. (2016). Current status of arsenic exposure and social implication in the Mekong River basin of Cambodia. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 38(3), 763-772. [More Information]
  • Chapman, R., Howden-Chapman, P., Capon, A. (2016). Understanding the systemic nature of cities to improve health and climate change mitigation. Environment International, 94, 380-387. [More Information]
  • Siri, J., Newell, B., Proust, K., Capon, A. (2016). Urbanization, Extreme Events, and Health: The Case for Systems Approaches in Mitigation, Management, and Response. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 28(2S), 15S-27S. [More Information]
  • Capon, A., Siri, J. (2015). Debate on the paper by Diez Roux [Debate sobre o artigo de Diez Roux]. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31, S21-S22. [More Information]
  • Whitmee, S., Haines, A., Beyrer, C., Boltz, F., Capon, A., de Souza Dias, B., Ezeh, A., Frumkin, H., Gong, P., et al (2015). Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health. The Lancet, 386(10007), 1973-2028. [More Information]
  • de Oliveira, J., Doll, C., Siri, J., Dreyfus, M., Farzaneh, H., Capon, A. (2015). Urban governance and the systems approaches to health-environment co-benefits in cities. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31(Suppl 1), 25-38. [More Information]
  • Talukder, S., Capon, A., Nath, D., Kolb, A., Jahan, S., Boufford, J. (2015). Urban health in the post-2015 agenda. Lancet Neurology, 385(9970), 769. [More Information]
  • Capon, A. (2014). Human occupations as determinants of population health: Linking perspectives on people, places and planet. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(1), 8-11. [More Information]
  • Parnell, S., Siri, J., Elmqvist, T., Marcotullio, P., Capon, A., Revi, A., Boufford, J. (2014). Making the sustainable development goals operational through an urban agenda: Perspectives from science. Solutions (Burlington): for a sustainable and desirable future, 5(2), 37-40.
  • Charlesworth, K., Madden, D., Capon, A. (2013). Environmentally sustainable health care: using an educational intervention to engage the public health medical workforce in Australia. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, 24(2), 76-80. [More Information]
  • Rissel, C., Greaves, S., Wen, L., Capon, A., Crane, M., Standen, C. (2013). Evaluating the transport, health and economic impacts of new urban cycling infrastructure in Sydney, Australia - protocol paper. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Schandl, H., Boyden, S., Capon, A., Hosking, K. (2012). 'Biosensitive' cities-a conceptual framework for integrative understanding of the health of people and planetary ecosystems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 378-384. [More Information]
  • Bai, X., Nath, I., Capon, A., Hasan, N., Jaron, D. (2012). Health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment: Complex challenges, scientific responses, and the way forward. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 465-472. [More Information]
  • Proust, K., Newell, B., Brown, H., Capon, A., Browne, C., Burton, A., Dixon, J., Mu, L., Zarafu, M. (2012). Human health and climate change: Leverage points for adaptation in urban environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9(6), 2134-2158. [More Information]
  • Howden-Chapman, P., Chapman, R., Capon, A., Wilson, N. (2011). Carbon pricing is a health protection policy. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(6), 311-312.
  • Bambrick, H., Capon, A., Barnett, G., Beaty, R., Burton, A. (2011). Climate Change and Health in the Urban Environment: Adaptation Opportunities in Australian Cities. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23(2 Suppl.), 67S-79S. [More Information]
  • Brown, H., Proust, K., Spickett, J., Capon, A. (2011). The potential role of health impact assessment in tackling the complexity of climate change adaptation for health. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22, S48-S53.

2017

  • Hill-Cawthorne, G., Capon, A., Sorrell, T., Marais, B. (2017). A planetary health approach to emerging infections in Australia. The Lancet, 389(10076), 1293. [More Information]
  • Puppim de Oliveira, J., Doll, C., Siri, J., Dreyfus, M., Farzaneh, H., Capon, A. (2017). A systems approach for health/environment/climate co-benefits in cities. In Christopher Doll, Jose Puppim de Oliveira (Eds.), Urbanization and Climate Co-Benefits: Implementation of win-win interventions in cities, (pp. 302-319). New York: Taylor & Francis. [More Information]
  • Lilford, R., Oyebode, O., Satterthwaite, D., Melendez-Torres, G., Chen, Y., Mberu, B., Watson, S., Sartori, J., Ndugwa, R., Capon, A., et al (2017). Improving the health and welfare of people who live in slums. The Lancet, 389(10068), 559-570. [More Information]
  • Ezeh, A., Oyebode, O., Satterthwaite, D., Chen, Y., Ndugwa, R., Sartori, J., Mberu, B., Melendez-Torres, G., Haregu, T., Watson, S., et al (2017). The history, geography, and sociology of slums and the health problems of people who live in slums. The Lancet, 389(10068), 547-558. [More Information]

2016

  • Kuruppu, N., Capon, A. (2016). Climate change and health. The Lancet, 387(10017), 430-430. [More Information]
  • Phan, K., Kim, K., Huoy, L., Phan, S., Se, S., Capon, A., Hashim, J. (2016). Current status of arsenic exposure and social implication in the Mekong River basin of Cambodia. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 38(3), 763-772. [More Information]
  • Butler, C., Dixon, J., Capon, A. (2016). Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding. Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Capon, A., Dannenberg, A. (2016). Healthy Communities. In Howard Frumkin (Eds.), Environmental Health: From Global to Local, 3rd Edition, (pp. 377-413). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Chapman, R., Howden-Chapman, P., Capon, A. (2016). Understanding the systemic nature of cities to improve health and climate change mitigation. Environment International, 94, 380-387. [More Information]
  • Siri, J., Newell, B., Proust, K., Capon, A. (2016). Urbanization, Extreme Events, and Health: The Case for Systems Approaches in Mitigation, Management, and Response. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 28(2S), 15S-27S. [More Information]

2015

  • Capon, A., Siri, J. (2015). Debate on the paper by Diez Roux [Debate sobre o artigo de Diez Roux]. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31, S21-S22. [More Information]
  • Capon, A. (2015). Human Habitat and Health: Interdisciplinary and Integrative Perspectives. Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding, (pp. 595-606). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Reid, J., Capon, A., Dixon, J. (2015). Much Said, Much to be Done: A Field Collaboration between Scientists and Visual Artists about Contested Landscapes in Western Sydney. Health of People, Places and Planet: Reflections Based on Tony McMichael's Four Decades of Contribution to Epidemiological Understanding, (pp. 37-56). Canberra: ANU Press.
  • Whitmee, S., Haines, A., Beyrer, C., Boltz, F., Capon, A., de Souza Dias, B., Ezeh, A., Frumkin, H., Gong, P., et al (2015). Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on planetary health. The Lancet, 386(10007), 1973-2028. [More Information]
  • Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2015). The co-benefits framework for understanding and action on climate change. In Hugh Barton, Susan Thompson, Sarah Burgess, Marcus Grant (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a Sustainable and Healthy Future, (pp. 319-332). Oxon: Routledge.
  • de Oliveira, J., Doll, C., Siri, J., Dreyfus, M., Farzaneh, H., Capon, A. (2015). Urban governance and the systems approaches to health-environment co-benefits in cities. Cadernos De Saude Publica, 31(Suppl 1), 25-38. [More Information]
  • Talukder, S., Capon, A., Nath, D., Kolb, A., Jahan, S., Boufford, J. (2015). Urban health in the post-2015 agenda. Lancet Neurology, 385(9970), 769. [More Information]

2014

  • Capon, A. (2014). Human occupations as determinants of population health: Linking perspectives on people, places and planet. Journal of Occupational Science, 21(1), 8-11. [More Information]
  • Parnell, S., Siri, J., Elmqvist, T., Marcotullio, P., Capon, A., Revi, A., Boufford, J. (2014). Making the sustainable development goals operational through an urban agenda: Perspectives from science. Solutions (Burlington): for a sustainable and desirable future, 5(2), 37-40.

2013

  • Charlesworth, K., Madden, D., Capon, A. (2013). Environmentally sustainable health care: using an educational intervention to engage the public health medical workforce in Australia. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, 24(2), 76-80. [More Information]
  • Rissel, C., Greaves, S., Wen, L., Capon, A., Crane, M., Standen, C. (2013). Evaluating the transport, health and economic impacts of new urban cycling infrastructure in Sydney, Australia - protocol paper. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1-8. [More Information]

2012

  • Schandl, H., Boyden, S., Capon, A., Hosking, K. (2012). 'Biosensitive' cities-a conceptual framework for integrative understanding of the health of people and planetary ecosystems. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 378-384. [More Information]
  • Bai, X., Nath, I., Capon, A., Hasan, N., Jaron, D. (2012). Health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment: Complex challenges, scientific responses, and the way forward. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 4(4), 465-472. [More Information]
  • Kent, J., Thompson, S., Capon, A. (2012). Healthy Planning. In Susan Thompson, Paul Maginn (Eds.), Planning Australia: An Overview of Urban and Regional Planning, 2nd Edition, (pp. 381-408). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Proust, K., Newell, B., Brown, H., Capon, A., Browne, C., Burton, A., Dixon, J., Mu, L., Zarafu, M. (2012). Human health and climate change: Leverage points for adaptation in urban environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 9(6), 2134-2158. [More Information]

2011

  • Capon, A., Thompson, S. (2011). Built Environments of the Future. In A. L. Dannenberg, H. Frumkin, and R. J. Jackson (Eds.), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability, (pp. 366-378). Washington: Island Press.
  • Howden-Chapman, P., Chapman, R., Capon, A., Wilson, N. (2011). Carbon pricing is a health protection policy. Medical Journal of Australia, 195(6), 311-312.
  • Bambrick, H., Capon, A., Barnett, G., Beaty, R., Burton, A. (2011). Climate Change and Health in the Urban Environment: Adaptation Opportunities in Australian Cities. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 23(2 Suppl.), 67S-79S. [More Information]
  • Brown, H., Proust, K., Spickett, J., Capon, A. (2011). The potential role of health impact assessment in tackling the complexity of climate change adaptation for health. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 22, S48-S53.

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