Overview

Current Work

Currently, Director, Centre for Environment and Population Health, Griffith University. With a PhD in medical sociology and anthropology in Griffith Health, Chu has a keen interest on translational research to improve policies and practices to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Under her leadership, CEPH has been building interdisciplinary research and capacity building teams to address environment and health issues. She has won 32 research and project grants, 48 international and 26 Australian consulting and advisory projects and served on many professional committees.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS AND EXPERTISE:
Climate change and Health
Workplace Health Promotion and Safety Management
Health Promotion Theory and Strategies
Settings-based Integrated Planning for Environment and Population Health
Research Design and Planning
Reproductive Health
Community Development and Empowerment in Reproductive Health
Community Needs Assessment and Health Policy Formation

Relevant experience: Senior Consultant &Team leader of DFID commissioned project on “Development of training material for vulnerable groups - Communicating the health risks of extreme heat in China”; Project Director winning eleven rounds of AUSAID’s Australian Public Health Leadership Award Program (Global) on emerging health challenges, urban health, climate change adaptation, emergency management from pandemic to disasters.
 

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Expertise Keywords

  • Chinese migrants
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Ecological Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Global warming, Effects on mosquito-borne disease
  • Health Promotion
  • Integrative Workplace health Promotion
  • Reproductive Health

Subject Area Codes

  • Anthropology
  • Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Health Promotion
  • Public Health and Health Services
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods

Country Affiliations

  • Bangladesh
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 196 (Other: 196)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Contribution to Learning and Teaching

Development of innovative teaching tools and materials in research design and planning for postgraduate students:
Teaching research in various settings throughout the years, I found that most students and even many experienced researchers find it difficult to define the research question. While most research method texts stress the importance of problem definition, none show how to define it clearly and logically. To this end, I have developed a set of workshop exercises and a step-wise "Problem Definition Matrix" (PDM) which has proved to be a very useful conceptual tool to help students define their research question with clarity and logic. This and other conceptual tools and exercises are presented in a teaching manual entitled Conceptual Tools for Research Design and Planning. The manual is written by Dr Kees Hulsman and I to support student learning in a master level research design and planning subject.
 

Teaching Philosophy

The main purpose of teaching in this modern era of information explosion is to facilitate student learning. The facilitating roles include motivating, enabling, and supporting learning and research activities. To motivate students the facilitator must be able to stimulate, inspire, show relevance to social realities and problems, and above all to introduce vision and a sense of purpose. To enable students means to design learning materials and guide activities that enhance student capacity for problem-solving, self-learning and improving analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. To support learning is to create an environment conducive to learning through needs-sensitive teaching, peer learning, a culture of support and cooperative team work, and to provide appropriate resources and supportive materials for learning. These have been the three guiding principles of my teaching and research supervision and they are the qualities of my teaching consistently reflected by student evaluations.  

Current and Past Courses

  • Global Hlth Challenges & Resp (7880ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2016.
  • Global Hlth Challenges & Resp (7880ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Teacher, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Teacher, Online, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Teacher, Online, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 1, 2015.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Teacher, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2015.
  • Global Hlth Challenges & Resp (7880ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2014.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Supervisor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Supervisor, Online, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Research Design and Planning (7161ENV)
    Supervisor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2014.
  • Global Hlth Challenges & Resp (7880ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2013.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2013.
  • Global Hlth Challenges & Resp (7880ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2012.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2012.
  • Global Hlth Challenges & Resp (7880ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2011.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2011.
  • Global Hlth Challenges & Resp (7880ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 1, 2010.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, Online, Online, Semester 2, 2010.
  • Hlth Prog Plan & Eval (7881ENV)
    Convenor, In Person, South Bank Campus, Semester 2, 2010.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Theses Supervised at Griffith

Background

Bio

Research, education and professional background: With a PhD in medical sociology and medical anthropology, Chu has a keen interest on translational research. Her key areas of expertise are: environment and health, health-promoting settings, international health and development, reproductive health, health promotion and integrated health planning, workplace health and safety management, community participation and stakeholder engagement, community needs assessment and policy development. Her current focus has extended to climate change adaptation and health, collaborative partnerships, leadership, risk communication and decision-making. She has won 32 research and project grants, 48 international and 26 Australian consulting and advisory projects and served on numerous professional committees.
Research Supervision and publications: Winner of Griffith University 2010 excellence in higher research supervision award, Chu has supervised to completion 6 post-doctoral fellows, 25 PHDs, 3 Mphils, 6 honours and over 45 masters. Her team is currently supervising 24 PhDs. She has published five books, over 130 Journal articles and chapters, 2 policy/guidelines, 4 commissioned research communication booklets, 5 documentaries films and has delivered 40 key note addresses and over 90 invited presentations in international conferences.
Capacity building: Chu has been active in the capacity building in public health. Her team has won 11 rounds of Australian Leadership Award and trained over 200 leadership fellows from eleven countries including Australia. Education and Awards
• 1986 PhD. Queensland University, in Medical Sociology & Medical Anthropology;
• Honoury member of the Australian Environmental Health Association since 2007;
• 2014 Vietnam Government Medal for contribution to People’s Health; 2013 Member of the Order of Australia (AM); 2012 Griffith International Inaugural Award for Internationalization; 2009 Winner of Excellence in Service for Griffith Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology; 2008 Winner of Griffith U’s Higher Degree Research Supervision; and 2008 QLD Government Edu& Training (QETI) Award for Best Practice in international collaborations.
Fields of Expertise
• Environment and population health, health promotion, reproductive health, workplace health, global health
• Translational research, research design and planning, health planning and policy development, risk communication and decision-making, community needs assessment, climate change adaptation
Selected Project Experience
• 2014-15 Task Force Member, Health Promoting Hospitals and Environment Task Force, International Network for Health Promoting Hospitals.
• 2013 Senior Consultant &Team leader, “Development of training material for vulnerable groups - Communicating the health risks of extreme heat in China, commissioned by DFID;
• 2013 Team leader with Cunrui Huang and Dung Phung, “Climate change. Safe water and Public health in the Asia-pacific region.” Commissioned research by CSIRO-Australia;
• 2007-14 Project Director, eleven rounds of Australian Public Health Leadership Professional Development Program (Global) on emerging health challenges, urban health, climate change and health, emergency management from pandemic to disasters, environmental health, maternal health . AusAID.
• 2010-12 International Health Expert advising Guangdong Provincial CDC climate change and health project, Sub-Project of China-UK-Swiss Collaborative Project: Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC).
• 2012-13Member of the Leadership Group in Research Integration and Publications, DFID/SWISS/China for the Adapting to Climate change in China (ACCC) project.
• 2009-11 Senior consultant and project leader, Tasmania Premier Department and Cabinet for a Healthy@Work Professional Development Program

Selected Publications:
Phung D T, Connell D & Chu C (2015) “A new method for setting guidelines to protect human health from agricultural exposure by using chlorpyrifos as an example” in Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine 2015 Vol 22, No2, 275-280.
Ma WJ, Zeng WL, Zhou Mg, Wang LJ, Rutherford S,Lin HL, Liu T, Zhang YH, Xiao JP, Zhang YW, Wang XF, Gu X, and Chu Cordia (2015) “The short-term effect of heat waves on mortality an dits modifiers in China: An analysis from 66 communities” in Environmental International 75(2015) 103-109.
Xia JH, Rutherford S, Ma YZ, Wu L, Gao S, Chen TT, Liu X, Zhang XH and Chu, C (2015) “Obstacles to the coordination of delivering integrated prenatal HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B testing services in Guangdong: using a needs assessment approach” in BMC Health Services Research (2015) 15:117. DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-0760-0
 

Education and Training

  • BSociology Hons Bachelor of Sociology (Honours), Chinese University of Hong Kong 0-01 - 1969
  • MA Master of Arts, Indiana University 1973