UCL Energy Institute


Shih-Che Hsu

Thesis title: Human-oriented spatial assessment on climate change risk and policy benefit: from energy use to health status

Starting date: 28 September 2015
Projected completion date: 19 September 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Anna Mavrogianni
Secondary supervisor: Dr Ian Hamilton

Energy use and health status represent two of the most important 'outcome factors' when assessing loss caused by climate change and benefits brought by mitigation policies. However, the perception of the distant impacts of climate change makes it hard for people hard to visualize the chain of effects resulting from the initial energy use and how health is affected and therefore understand the urgent need of mitigation investment. Using GIS could visualise the health impact of environmental change and helps people accept the mitigation strategies more easily. To understand the risk of climate change and to address perceptions in understanding its risk to health the research will seek to answer the following question:

What are the geographical differences of energy use, environmental quality, and related health impacts due to applying climate change mitigation measures in the housing sector to improve energy performance between UK and Taiwan?

By combining the quantified value of energy strategies and the subsequent impacts on environment and human health under different climate risk locations, the analysis will seek to provide causal associations and a more complete and innovative measure for risk assessment. The visual results make policymakers see the results of mitigation strategies more directly.


Shih-Che has expertise in environmental health, indoor environmental quality, quantified energy policy impacts, and Geographic Information System. His research mainly focuses on how climate change mitigation policy affects the health and wellbeing of residents in the building. Prior to joining UCL, Shih-Che gained his master degree from environmental health institute and bachelor degree from public health department of National Taiwan University, and worked in the school for epidemiology analysis and industry as an Environment, Safety and Heath engineer. 


S. Hsu, A. Mavrogianni, I. Hamilton, 2017. Comparing Spatial Interpolation Techniques of Local Urban Temperature for Heat-related Health Risk Estimation in a Subtropical City. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.07.091

Hsu, S. C., Shen, G. W., 2014. Picture Book: Controlling the Earth’s temperature needs your help. Personal Publication. (in Chinese) Hsu, S. C., 2013. Global warming debate: Global warming, true or false? SHS. http://shs.ntu.edu.tw/shs/?p=20188. (in Chinese)

Hsu, S. C., 2012. Cancer risk assessment in people highly exposed to PCBs and PCDFs based on serum levels 15-24 years after exposure. (Master’s thesis)