Professor Tony Capon

Professor Tony Capon

Professor Tony Capon

Interim Director, University of Sydney Planetary Health Initiative |

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.