I am an environmental epidemiologist and population health scientist. I am currently an academic at Brunel University, UK, and an adjunct faculty of the Department of Public Health, Medical University of Tirana, Albania. Main areas of my work include the assessment of population health effects of environmental exposures; environmental, health and social inequalities; the evaluation of public policy and intervention effects on population health; population impacts of climate change; capacity building in the field of environmental health in developing countries; creating opportunities for research infrastructures in environment and public health in Europe. I collaborate with a wide international network of academics, public health and policy authorities, with my research work spanning across several regions.
One of the main goals of my work is to inform public health policy. Therefore, I work very closely with public authorities and national institutes of public health in several countries, and I act as scientific advisor on issues of environment and health for several national institutes of public health including the UK, Italy, Ireland, Albania, Georgia, China; and the World Health Organization. I am member of scientific committees and advisory boards of several European and National programs/projects in environmental public health.
2003-2006 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Epidemiology. Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA
2003 ScD, Doctor of Science in Epidemiology (Major). University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
2002 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Epidemiology. Unit of Environmental Epidemiology, International Agency for Research on Cancer/World Health Organisation, Lyon, France
1998 MSc, Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy. University of Manchester, UK
1994 MD, Degree in Medicine (Medical Doctor). Faculty of Medicine, University of Tirana, Albania
1994-1997 General Practitioner, Albania
Newest selected publications
Parrish, R., Colbourn, T., Lauriola, P., Leonardi, G., Hajat, S. and Zeka, A. (2020) 'A critical analysis of the drivers of human migration patterns in the presence of climate change: A new conceptual model'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (17). pp. 1 - 20. ISSN: 1661-7827
Zeka, A., Tobias, A., Leonardi, G., Bianchi, F., Lauriola, P., Crabbe, H., (2020) 'Responding to COVID-19 requires strong epidemiological evidence of environmental and societal determining factors'. The Lancet Planetary Health, 4 (9). pp. e375 - e376. ISSN: 2542-5196et al.
Lauriola, P., Crabbe, H., Behbod, B., Yip, F., Medina, S., Semenza, JC., (2020) 'Advancing global health through environmental and public health tracking'. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (6). pp. 1976 - 1976. ISSN: 1661-7827 Open Access Linket al.
Zeka, A., Leonardi, G. and Lauriola, P. (2020) 'Climate change and ecological public health: an integrated framework.', in Guerriero, C. (ed.) Cost-Benefit Analysis of Environmental Health Interventions. Elsevier. pp. 185 - 185. ISBN 13: 9780128128855. Open Access Link
Zeka, A., Cao, L., Liu, Q., Leonardi, G., Nichols, G., Hajat, S., (2019) 'Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome and climate variability in China'.the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. Utrecht, the Netherlands. 1 - 29 August. Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). pp. 461 - 461. ISSN: 2474-7882 Open Access Linket al.