Colin D Butler



Colin Butler is Adjunct Professor at the Health Research Institute at the the University of Canberra, visitor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, and Principal Research Fellow at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Flinders University. All three universities are in Australia. In 1989, soon after medical school, Colin and his late wife Susan co-founded the Benevolent Organisation for Development, Health and Insight ( and, which works in South Asia. Colin has published over 220 articles, book chapters, letters, book reviews, reports and peer reviewed conference papers. These are mostly related to health, sustainability, justice and conflict, including within the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. He is known particularly for efforts to place "Limits to Growth" on the public health agenda, and for his innovative conceptualisation of the primary, secondary and especially the "tertiary" (systemic) health effects of climate change. In 2009 the French Environmental Health Association named him one of “100 doctors for the planet”. He is a member of the Faculty of 1000 Medicine, in the field of global health. Colin edited "Climate Change and Global Health" (CABI 2014, 2016), and co-edited "Healthy People, Places and Planet: Reflections based on Tony McMichael’s four decades of contribution to epidemiological understanding" (ANU E-Press, 2015) (co-eds Jane Dixon, Tony Capon). His personal website is at

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