Our Team

Hicham Achebak is a postdoctoral researcher working in the EU-funded project EARLY-ADAPT (“Signs of Early Adaptation to Climate Change”) at ISGlobal.
His research is primarily focused on the determinants of population health, especially the environmental ones, such as ambient temperature, air pollution and desert dust.
He is also interested in human health impacts of human-caused disruptions of Earth's natural systems. Hicham’s ultimate goal is to inform policies and interventions aiming to improve both human and planetary health.

Lines of research

  • Climate and Health
  • Air Pollution and Health
  • Planetary Health
  • Population Health

Main publications

  • Achebak H, Petetin H, Quijal-Zamorano M, Bowdalo D, Pérez García-Pando C, Ballester J. Trade-offs between short-term mortality attributable to NO2 and O3 changes during the COVID-19 lockdown across major Spanish cities. Environmental Pollution 2021; 286: 117220.
  • Achebak H, Petetin H, Quijal-Zamorano M, Bowdalo D, García-Pando CP, Ballester J. Reduction in air pollution and attributable mortality due to COVID-19 lockdown. The Lancet Planetary Health 2020; 4: e268.
  • Achebak H, Devolder D, Ingole V, Ballester J. Reversal of the seasonality of temperature-attributable mortality from respiratory diseases in Spain. Nature Communications 2020; 11: 2457.
  • Achebak H, Devolder D, Ballester J. Trends in temperature-related age-specific and sex-specific mortality from cardiovascular diseases in Spain: a national time-series analysis. The Lancet Planetary Health 2019; 3: e297–306.
  • Achebak H, Devolder D, Ballester J. Heat-related mortality trends under recent climate warming in Spain: A 36-year observational study. PLoS Medicine 2018; 15: e1002617.