Xiaoqi Feng is an Associate Professor in Urban Health and Environment and an NHMRC Career Development Fellow in the UNSW School of Population Health. She is also an Adjunct Professor with the National Institute of Environmental Health at the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NIEH/China CDC).
Xiaoqi leads a program of research focused on enhancing population wellbeing through identifying potentially modifiable social and environmental factors (e.g. urban green space, air pollution, heat, food environment) that shape health and developmental trajectories and inequities among newborns, children, adolescents and women across the lifecourse. She has authored >140 publications, led major research projects (funding >$9.1M, including NHMRC, Heart Foundation), and successfully translated her research into policy and practice (e.g. Wollongong City Council’s Urban Greening Strategy 2017-2037). These successes have been brought about through strong research collaborations with a multidisciplinary, multisector and international network including Western Sydney Diabetes, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, NIEH/China CDC, the National Center for Chronic Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control (also China CDC), Peking Union Medical College, Ningbo University, ISGLOBAL, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Uppsala University, UCL and the UK Medical Research Council.
From Jan 2016 to Sep 2019, Xiaoqi was a founding co-director of the Population Wellbeing and Environment Research Lab (PowerLab) at the University of Wollongong (UOW). This involved leading a team of 15 members, including senior and junior quantitative researchers and PhD students, organising a thriving seminar series and a popular statistical training program to nurture a future generation of population health and environmental data scientists. She developed subject curriculum, coordinated and delivered teaching for epidemiology subjects in Bachelor and Master of Public Health courses. Xiaoqi also served as the Head of Postgraduate Studies in the UOW School of Health and Society. Xiaoqi is currently a member of the NSW Population & Health Services Research Ethics Committee and the Western Sydney Diabetes Leadership Alliance.