Nina Brooks, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

PhD, Stanford University
MA, Stanford University
MPP, Duke University
BA, University of California, Berkeley

Nina Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Brooks' research interests are in understanding the environmental and social determinants of health and generating evidence to inform climate and health policy, primarily in the Global South. Her current research is focused on implementing an energy efficiency intervention to reduce emissions and air pollution from the brick sector in Bangladesh and examines the relationships between heat stress, land-cover change, and reproductive health outcomes. Her previous work has studied the environmental and health consequences of brick manufacturing in Bangladesh, how variability in agricultural growing season quality affects fertility preferences in sub-Saharan Africa, and how abortion policies impact women's health and economic outcomes. Her research employs a range of disciplinary approaches and tools from economics, demography, data science, geography, and epidemiology.

A Remote Sensing Analysis of Heat Stress, LCLUC, and Women's Health in sub-Saharan Africa
03/20/2024 - 03/19/2026 (PI)


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  1. Eick SM, Eatman JA, Chandler M, Brooks NR. Reproductive and Social Policies, Sociopolitical Stress, and Implications for Maternal and Child Health Equity. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2024 Jun; 11(2):279-287. PMID: 38639910; DOI: 10.1007/s40572-024-00443-w;
  2. Brooks N, Gunther M, Bendavid E, Boyle EH, Grace K, Miller G. U.S. global health aid policy and family planning in sub-Saharan Africa. Sci Adv. 2023 Dec 08; 9(49):eadk2684. PMID: 38055817; PMCID: PMC10699769; DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.adk2684;
  3. Nina Brooks, Debashish Biswas, Raduan Hossin, Alexander Yu, Shampa Saha, Senjuti Saha, Samir K. Saha, Stephen P. Luby. Health consequences of small-scale industrial pollution: Evidence from the brick sector in Bangladesh. World Development. 2023; 170:106318. View Publication
  4. Brooks N, Grace K, Kristiansen D, Shukla S, Brown ME. Investigating the relationship between growing season quality and childbearing goals. Glob Environ Change. 2023 May; 80:102677. PMID: 37250477; PMCID: PMC10209476; DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2023.102677;
  5. Lee J, Brooks NR, Tajwar F, Burke M, Ermon S, Lobell DB, Biswas D, Luby SP. Scalable deep learning to identify brick kilns and aid regulatory capacity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Apr 27; 118(17). PMID: 33888583; PMCID: PMC8092470; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2018863118;
  6. Brooks N, Bendavid E, Miller G. USA aid policy and induced abortion in sub-Saharan Africa: an analysis of the Mexico City Policy. Lancet Glob Health. 2019 Aug; 7(8):e1046-e1053. PMID: 31257094; DOI: 10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30267-0;
  7. Pattanayak SK, Jeuland M, Lewis JJ, Usmani F, Brooks N, Bhojvaid V, Kar A, Lipinski L, Morrison L, Patange O, Ramanathan N, Rehman IH, Thadani R, Vora M, Ramanathan V. Experimental evidence on promotion of electric and improved biomass cookstoves. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Jul 02; 116(27):13282-13287. PMID: 31118284; PMCID: PMC6612920; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1808827116;
  8. M. Hino, E. Benami, N. Brooks. Machine learning for environmental monitoring. Nature Sustainability. 2018; (1):583–588. View Publication
  9. N. Brooks, V. Bhojvaid, M.A. Jeuland, J.J. Lewis, O. Patange, S.K. Pattanayak. How much do alternative cookstoves reduce biomass fuel use? Evidence from North India. Resource and Energy Economics. 2016; 43:153-171. View Publication
  10. Lewis JJ, Bhojvaid V, Brooks N, Das I, Jeuland MA, Patange O, Pattanayak SK. Piloting improved cookstoves in India. J Health Commun. 2015; 20 Suppl 1:28-42. PMID: 25839201; DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2014.994243;

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2020-2021 Stanford University: King Center for Global Development Graduate Student Fellowship,
2020 Stanford University: Stanford Earth Dean’s Fellow
2015-2018 Stanford University: David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellow (SGF)
2012-2014 Duke University: University Scholars Fellowship
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Environmental Health
Air Pollution
Climate Change
Reproductive Health
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