- Human thermal environments: human and thermal environments , the effects of physical work, clothing and thermal climate including heat and cold on health, thermal physiology, comfort and performance, development of personal protection and strategies to cope with thermal stress, prevent heat and cold induced illnesses through transdisciplinary approach. Ongoing research includes climate change, extreme weather events and health.
- Prevention of slips and falls, gait biomechanics, and human physical work capacity in extreme environments.
Recent research projects
- 2020-2023: partner, EU project “Enhancing Belmont Research Action to support EU policy making on climate change and health” (ENBEL, project number 101003966).
- 2020-2023: Co-PI, International Belmont Forum: Collaborative Research Action Climate, Environment and Health: “Addressing Extreme Weather Related Diarrheal Disease Risks in the Asia Pacific Region” with partners from USA and Taiwan.
- 2017-2021 : Coordinator and Lead PI, EU co-fund collaboration research project: Translating climate service into personalized adaptation strategies to cope with thermal climate stress (http://www.jpi-climate.eu/nl/25223441-ClimApp.html) ClimApp is one of the project in ERA4CS, an ERA-NET initiated by JPI Climate, and funded by FORMAS (SE, grant 2017-01739), IFD (DK, case 7110-00003B), NWO (NL, grant 438.17.806) with co-funding by the European Union (Grant 690462). http://www.lth.se/climapp/.
- 2016-2021 : partner, EU Horizon 2020 – Research and Innovation Framework Programme (H2020-PHC-2015) “Integrated inter-sector framework to increase the thermal resilience of European workers in the context of global warming (HEAT-SHIELD, https://www.heat-shield.eu/)”, financed by the European Union under grant agreement No 668786.
- 2016: PI, “Sportswear, thermal physiological responses and thermal comfort”, financed by Taiwan Textile Research Institute.
- 2016-2020: partner, “Sustainable indoor environment in multi-family housing after renovation - a holistic approach to building performance, energy, indoor environment quality, and residents´ behavior and well-being”, financed by the Swedish Research Council Formas and Energy Agency, http://www.peire.lth.se/english/
- 2014-2015: partner in two multidisciplinary cooperation projects at Pufendorf Institute, Lund University: 1) HEAT, 2) Healthy Indoor Environments
- 2012: PI, “Validation of ASTM standard F2732 and comparison with ISO 11079 with respect to comfort temperature ratings for cold weather protective clothing”, the 3rd project in collaboration with Taiwan Textile Research Institute.
- 2010-2013: PI, “Slip and fall accidents, friction requirements, and balance ability”, financed by AFA Insurance, Sweden
- 2009-2010: Main participant, “Personal cooling with smart textiles (phase change materials, PCMs)”, financed by Sweden VINNOVA research and growth programme in collaboration with TST-Sweden AB.
Teaching and education
I am responsible for the following courses and supervise Master and PhD students:
- Human performance in extreme environments (TFRC70, MAMF35, MAMF35F) (BSc, MSc and PhD course )
- Human Thermal Environments (PhD course)
- Measurement Methodologies for Thermal Environment Research (PhD course)
I participate in teaching the following courses:
- Human and indoor environments (TFRC05)
- Biomechanics (FHLF05)
- Introduction to Doctoral Education in Work Environment/Ergonomics (PhD course)
Editor and guest editor
- Climate change and health section editor: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
- Special Issue editor: "Climate Services, Weather Forecasts and Prevention of Human Thermal Stress"
- Book editor: F. Wang and C. Gao, Protective Clothing: Managing Thermal Stress, Woodhead Publishing, 2014
- h-index: 20 - as of 16 November 2020 from Web of Science www.researcherid.com/rid/C-6904-2011
- Scopus h-index: 21
- ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7386-692X
- Research Portal: https://portal.research.lu.se/portal/en/persons/chuansi-gao(83f97dcc-1fe1-4456-ad47-73d4e5d74f6e)/publications.html
- Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_lo5U00AAAAJ&hl=en