Michaela Deglon

PhD student & HABVIA project manager

Michaela works at the ACDI as a project manager for the Heat Adaptation Benefits for Vulnerable groups In Africa (HABVIA) project. She holds an MPH, with a specialisation in environmental health, from the University of Cape Town and has previous research experience with the Future Water Institute developing a health vulnerability index for communities exposed to extreme weather events.  Currently, Michaela is pursuing her PhD exploring physiological responses to high ambient temperatures, specifically the impacts on sleep quality, core body temperature, physical activity and hydration status.  Her work will also explore the potential health benefits of low-cost passive cooling interventions.

Michaela is passionate about transdisciplinary research to tackle the dual burden of climate change and increasing non-communicable disease incidence in populations in Africa.

Supervisors - Lara Dugas (Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, School of Public Health) and Mark New (African Climate and Development Initiative).