Philippa Howden-Chapman

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Philippa Howden-Chapman
Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman.jpg
Howden-Chapman in 2007.
NationalityNew Zealander
Alma materUniversity of Auckland
Known forResearch into housing insulation and heating in New Zealand
Spouse(s)Ralph Chapman
AwardsPublic Health Champion 2006[1]
Joan Metge medal[2]
Liley medal[3]
Prime Minister's Science Prize[4]
Scientific career
FieldsPublic health, housing, social housing, health inequality, fuel poverty
InstitutionsUniversity of Otago, Wellington
WebsiteStaff page
Alternative staff page
Google Scholar page

Philippa Lynne Howden-Chapman QSO[5] is Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, and director of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.[6][7]


Howden-Chapman started her career in secondary-school teaching, before moving to clinical psychology, and ending up in public health.

She has conducted a number of high-profile randomised control trials into various aspects of housing and health, in the process helping to build the evidence base for the later New Zealand-wide insulation programme. Howden-Chapman's Healthy Housing group conducted an analysis of the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme which showed that overall it "will have a net benefit of $951 million dollars, and a highly favourable benefit cost ratio of 3.9:1."[8]

Howden-Chapman was a member of the 2012 Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty, which outlined a number of policy recommendations to tackle child poverty in New Zealand.[9]

In November 2013, Howden-Chapman was made a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.[10][11]

In December 2014, Howden-Chapman and her research programme were awarded the $500,000 Prime Minister's Science Prize. She was the first woman and the first social scientist to win the prize.[4][12]

Howden-Chapman is the current chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group.[7] She is also director of He Kāinga Orana, the Housing and Health Research Programme examining the link between housing quality and health, based in the University of Otago, New Zealand.[13] With a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health, Howden-Chapman's research aims to identify and evaluate housing-related interventions to improve individual, family and community health.[13] Her research has had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy in New Zealand.[7]

Howden-Chapman was named the Supreme Winner of NEXT Woman of the Year 2018 for her advocacy for healthy, warm and dry homes in New Zealand.[14]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Howden-Chapman, P. & Penelope Carroll (eds.) (2004). Housing and Health. Steele Roberts. ISBN 1-877338-17-6
  • Howden-Chapman, P., Stuart, K. & Chapman, R. (eds.) (2010). Sizing up the City: Urban Form and Transport in New Zealand. Steele Roberts. ISBN 9781877448904
  • Bierre, S., Philippa Howden-Chapman & Lisa Early (eds.) (2013). Homes People Can Afford: How to Improve Housing in New Zealand. Steele Roberts. ISBN 978-1-927242-25-4
  • Howden-Chapman, P. (2015). Home truths: Confronting New Zealand's housing crisis. Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books, 116p. doi: 10.7810/9780947492335


  1. ^ "Public Health Champion 2006 – Philippa Howden-Chapman". Public Health Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Dame Joan Metge Medal". The Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  3. ^ "The Liley Medal". Health Research Council of New Zealand. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b Morton, Jamie (2 December 2014). "Prestigious science prize awarded to housing champion". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  5. ^ "New Year Honours 2009" (14 January 2009) 4 The New Zealand Gazette 87.
  6. ^ "Philippa Howden-Chapman". New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Department of Public Health". University of Otago. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Evaluation of Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart". Healthy Housing / He Kainga Oranga. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Solutions to Child Poverty". Office of the Children's Commission. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Leading Otago researchers elected as Royal Society Fellows". Otago University Bulletin Board. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  11. ^ Royal Society of New Zealand (20 November 2013). "Top researchers, scholars elected Fellows of Royal Society". (Press release). Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  12. ^ Chapman, Wallace (7 December 2014). "Social scientist wins PM's Science Prize". Radio New Zealand National. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman – Healthy Housing – He Kāinga Oranga". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  14. ^ "NEXT Woman Of The Year 2018 Revealed". Now To Love. Retrieved 12 October 2018.

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