Tony Capon

Professor of Planetary Health

University of Sydney


Anthony Capon is the inaugural Professor of Planetary Health at the University of Sydney. A former director of the global health institute at United Nations University (UNU-IIGH), Tony is a public health physician and authority on environmental health and health promotion. For more than 20 years, Tony has been leading transdisciplinary research and capacity building efforts on the broad theme of urbanisation, sustainable development and human health. Since 2008, he has advised the International Council for Science (ICSU) on their global interdisciplinary science program on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment using systems approaches. Tony is a member of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health which published its report Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch in 2015. He has served in numerous honorary leadership roles with professional and not-for-profit organisations including the International Society for Urban Health and the Frank Fenner Foundation.