Leah B. Poole

Leah B. PooleResearcher
Working with Feinstein Since: 2021
Based in: Durham, NC

Leah is a researcher with a strong interest in climate risk management, including air pollution mitigation strategies, and humanitarian crises. Currently, she applies her skills and knowledge in a number of directions. At Feinstein, Leah is a researcher on the Academic Alliance on Anticipatory Action project team, where she seeks to advance evidence on humanitarian action for forecasted extreme weather events. Leah also retains an appointment with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre’s climate and health team, where she previously worked. There, Leah supports projects on a variety of topics including air pollution, heat, and climate related health mitigation strategies.

In 2022, Leah won the Outstanding Applied Learning Experience Award for her work to increase focus on interactions between air pollution and weather and the resulting health impacts. She also received the Tim Edgar PhD Award for her work to bring awareness to public health issues though innovative communication techniques.

Leah holds a masters in public health from the Tufts University School of Medicine and a masters in agriculture, food, and environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy also at Tufts. She has a bachelors degree in food and nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

When not working, Leah enjoys exploring the outdoors with her partner and dog.

Research Interests:
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Climate hazards and humanitarian response
  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Food systems

News Items

Leah Poole describes three steps toward better anticipatory action on the Anticipation Hub
February 10, 2023

Leah Poole teamed up with Relebohile A. Mojaki from the National University of Lesotho to discuss three steps toward better anticipatory action on the Anticipation Hub blog. Their post explores…

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4As team generated conversation at the Global Dialogue Platform
December 9, 2022

The Anticipation Hub’s 10th Global Dialogue Platform took place in Berlin and online from December 6 – 8, 2022. The Academic Alliance for Anticipatory Action (4As) partners led a number…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Academic Alliance for Anticipatory Action

The Academic Alliance for Anticipatory Action (4As) is a global consortium of universities that will develop the evidence base on anticipatory action.

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Feinstein Publications

Anticipatory Action in Motion: Recapping the most recent evidence and illuminating a pathway forward
Cover of Report "Anticipatory Action in Motion"

This anticipatory action landscape brief summarizes what has been published on anticipatory action since 2020 and what progress has been made on existing recommendations.

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Air Pollution, Human Health, Weather Events, and Anticipatory Action
Cover of Report on Air Pollution and Anticipatory Action
By Leah B. Poole | September 2022

This paper explains the connection between air pollution and climate change and considers how anticipatory action can address the impact of air pollution.

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