Ther Wint Aung

PhD Candidate

Bio

Ther is a PhD Candidate, and a Fellow of the multi-disciplinary training Bridge Program. Ther has a background in environmental health, specifically in air pollution and exposure assessment. She is interested in broadening her scope to include climate research; to find areas of overlap between health and climate issues particularly in a developing country context. Given limited resources, policies and programs that can bridge health and climate protection are desirable but to this day are limited and have not been studied in-depth.

Ther is part of a interdisciplinary research group consisting of academic researchers and rural development practitioners to assess a cook stove change-out program in rural India. The Study will evaluate the first cook stove program approved under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in India where traditional stoves will be replaced by increased efficiency stoves in return for carbon credits. Ther’s thesis will evaluate if the intervention reduces health and climate relevant air pollutants, including particulate matter and black carbon, improves cardiovascular health, and reduces fuel wood use and its associated burden on rural households. Ultimately, she hopes to gain better understanding of the policy implications of climate funded projects and how health, climate, and rural development benefits can be maximized.

She has co-authored a chapter on global household fuel use with her supervisor, Professor Michael Brauer at the UBC School of Population and Public Health, for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Indoor Air Quality Guidelines for Household Fuel Combustion. The WHO Guidelines will serve as an important policy and technical document for decision makers designing intervention methods to improve the lives of 2.7 billion people relying on traditional use of biomass for cooking.

Recent Publications

Aung, T; Jain, G; Sethuraman, K; Baumgartner, J; Reynolds, C; Grieshop, A; Marshall, J; Brauer, M. Health and Climate-relevant Pollutant Concentrations from a Carbon-finance Approved Cookstove Intervention in Rural India. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b06208.

Aung T. Evidence Review: Indoor Air and Effective Interventions. National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH). January 2015. http://www.ncceh.ca/documents/evidence-review/effective-indoor-air-interventions

Kim S, Aung T, Berkeley E, Diette GB, and Breysse PN. “Measurement of Nicotine in Household Dust.” Environmental Research, Volume 108, Issue 3, November 2008: 289-293.