Dr. Maria Nilsson is Associate Professor at Epidemiology and global health, Umeå University, with research about climate change and health focusing on adaptation and policy development. Her main interest is public health interventions, health communication and policy. Working in global health perspectives as equity, justice and human rights are central values in her work.

Maria leads several externally funded projects in low and middle income countries, but also in Europe and Sweden. She was the integrating editor for health in the Lancet Commission ”Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health” published in 2015. She co-lead the working group on adaptation planning and resilience in ”The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change”. It is an international, multi-disciplinary research collaboration running until 2030 following on from the 2015 Lancet Commission aiming at tracking health impacts and the world’s response to climate change. She is also a member of an expert group for an EASAC project on Climate Change and Health. EASAC (the European Academies´ Science Advisory Council) is formed by the national science academies of the EU Member States to enable them to collaborate with each other in providing independent science advice to European policy-makers.

Maria was awarded a SIGHT fellowship October 2017 with an individual leadership program in Global health. SIGHT (Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation) is part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Since 2014 she is one of the editors of the open access journal Global Health Action.