Dr Supriya Mathew

Senior Research Officer


PhD Environment and Geography, Macquarie University, 2013; MTech Ocean Technology, Cochin University of Science and Technology, 2007; MSc Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, 2002;

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:



Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs


Supriya Mathew is a multi-disciplinary researcher, specialising in mixed methods research. She started with Menzies in August 2019 and has been working on projects related to health services research and environmental health.

In the area of environmental health research, Supriya is interested in exploring the impacts of heat on health in Northern and central Australia.

Prior to joining Menzies, Supriya’s research focussed on addressing the research gap between climate sciences and adaptation decision-making. Her doctoral research focused on climate adaptation decision-making frameworks for local governments in India and Australia. Her doctoral research work is available in the form of a MS Excel based decision-making tool which is used by local governments’ nationally and internationally to prioritize adaptation options for extreme weather events.

Research Themes
  • Health services research
  • Impact of heat on health
  • Indigenous health
  • The cost and health impact of short-term health staffing in remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities: Does Community Control make a difference?
  • Optimising remote primary health care service access through evidence-based workforce retention strategies.
  • Evaluation of the Central Australian Medical Retrieval and Consultation Centre.
  1. Citizen Scientists to help in important national research projects

    Citizen Scientists to help in important national research projects


    $499,323 for the Menzies School of Health Research to run its “Air in Alice” program.

  1. Mathew S, Mathur D, McDonald E, Chang AB, Gerritsen R (2019) Midwife observations on the impact of hot weather on poor perinatal outcomes in central Australia: a qualitative study, Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts, 24, 98-112. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18793/lcj2019.24.07 •
  2. Mathew S, Zeng B, Zander KK, Singh RK (2018), Exploring agricultural development and climate adaptation in northern Australia under climatic risks, The Rangeland Journal, https://doi.org/10.1071/RJ18011
  3. Truong C, Trueck S and Mathew S (2018) Managing Risks from Climate Impacted Hazards - The Value of Investment Flexibility under Uncertainty, European Journal of Operational Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2017.07.012
  4. Zander KK, Mathew S, Garnett S (2018), Exploring Heat Stress Relief Measures among the Australian Labour Force, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Vol. 15, Pages 401 • Mathew S, Mathur D, Chang A.B, McDonald E, Singh GR, Nur D, Gerritsen R (2017) Examining the effects of ambient temperature on pre-term birth in central Australia, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(2), 147; doi:10.3390/ijerph14020147
  5. Mathew S., Trueck S. and Henderson-Sellers A. (2012) Kochi, India case study of climate adaptation to floods: ranking local government investment options, Global Environmental Change 22(1), 308-319 • Race D., Dockery M., Havas L., Matthews C., Mathew S and Spandonide B. (2016). Re-imagining the future of desert Australia: Designing an integrated pathway for enhancing livability, International Journal of Sustainable Development, Available online at http://www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/forthcoming.php?jcode=ijsd.
  6. Race D., Mathew S., Campbell M., & Hampton K. (2016). Understanding climate adaptation investments for communities living in desert Australia: Experiences of indigenous communities. Climatic Change DOI: 10.1007/s10584-016-1800-4
  7. Mathew S., Lee L.S., & Race D. (2016). Conceptualising climate change adaption for native bush food production in arid Australia. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Synthesis & Integration], 19, 98-115. doi: 10.18793/LCJ2016.19.07.
  8. Race D., Mathew S., Campbell M., & Hampton K. (2016). Are Australian Aboriginal communities sustainably adapting to warmer climates? A study of communities living in semi-arid Australia. Journal of Sustainable Development, 9(3), 208-223. doi: 10.5539/jsd.v9n3p208.

Full list at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Supriya_Mathew2