Caradee Wright

Extraordinary Professor (Public Health and Geography)

email:    [email protected] or [email protected]
Office:   Laboratory of Atmospheric Science, Geography Building



Research profile

Caradee Wright is a Specialist Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council leading the Climate and Health Research Programme. She is also Extraordinary Lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Research Associate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of Otago and an MSocSc in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Natal (now UKZN). Her research focuses on environmental health in Africa, including personal solar ultraviolet radiation exposure and skin cancer prevention, personal dosimetry, health risk assessment and air pollution-related disease measurement and prevention. Caradee is a member of the South African Young Academy of Science and was co-chair of this organisation from 2011-2013. She is a member of the Global Young Academy, past Vice-President of the National Association for Clean Air, Co-Editor of the Clean Air Journal and Founder of the Environmental Health Research Network.



ORCID ID 0000-0001-9608-818X | Profile on Google Scholar | Profile on ResearchGate

  • Albers PN, Wright CY (2020). Clinical Trial Data Management in Environmental Health Tailored for an African Setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (2), 1 - 15.
  • Diffey B, Wallace M, Mistri P, Wernecke B, Wright CY (2020). Drivers for Sun Protection in Black South Africans. Photochemostry and Photobiology, 96  943 – 944.
  • du Preez DJ, Bencherif H, Begue N, Clarisse L, Hoffman R, Wright CY (2020). Investigating the Large-Scale Transport of a Volcanic Plume and the Impact on a Secondary Site. Atmosphere, 11 (5), 548,  1 - 11.
  • du Preez DJ, Blesic S, Stratimirovic D, Ajtic ´ J, Ramotsehoa M, Allen M, Wright CY (2020). Characterization of personal solar ultraviolet radiation exposure using detrended fluctuation analysis. Environmental Research, 182 (108976), March:  1 - 8.
  • Kapwata K, Mathee A, Sweijd N, Minakawa N, Mogotsi M, Kunene Z, Wright CY (2020). Spatial assessment of heavy metals contamination in household garden soils in rural Limpopo Province, South Africa. Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 42  4181 - 4191.
  • Linde K, Wright CY, du Plessis J (2020). Subjective and objective skin colour of a farmworker group in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Skin Research and Technology, 26 (6),  923 - 931.
  • Lokotola CL, Wright CY, Wichmann J (2020). Temperature as a modifier of the effects of air pollution on cardiovascular disease hospital admissions in Cape Town, South Africa. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27  16677 - 16685.
  • Rother H, John J, Wright CY, Irlam J, Oosthuizen R, Garland R (2020). Perceptions of Occupational Heat, Sun Exposure, and Health Risk Prevention: A Qualitative Study of Forestry Workers in South Africa. Atmosphere, 11 (37),  1 – 19.
  • Teare J, Mathee A, Naicker N, Swanepoel C, Kapwata T, Balakrishna Y, du Preez DJ, Millar D, Wright CY (2020). Dwelling Characteristics Influence Indoor Temperature and May Pose Health Threats in LMICs. Annals of Global Health, 86 (1), 1 – 13.
  • Wright CY, du Preez DJ, Martincigh B, Allen M, Millar D, Wernecke B, Blesic S (2020). A Comparison of Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure in Urban Canyons in Venice, Italy and Johannesburg, South Africa. Photochemsitry and Photobiology, 96 (5),  1148 – 1153.
  • Wright CY, du Preez DJ, Millar D, Norval M (2020). The Epidemiology of Skin Cancer and Public Health Strategies for Its Prevention in Southern Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17 (3),  1 – 14.
  • Wright CY, Wernecke B (2020). Using Microsoft© Power BI© to visualise Rustenburg Local Municipality’s Air Quality Data. Clean Air Journal, 30 (1), 1 – 5.
  • Cadet J, Bencherif H, Portafaix T, Lamy K, Ncongwane K, Coetzee G, Wright CY (2017). Comparison of Ground-Based and Satellite-Derived Solar UV Index Levels at Six South African Sites. International Journal of Environment and Health, 14 (11), pp. 1-16.
  • Diffey B, Norval M, Albers PN, Wright CY (2017). The influence of HIV infection on the age dependence of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin in South Africa. SAMJ South African Medical Journal, 107 (2), pp. 127-129.
  • Kunene Z, Albers PN, Lucas R, Banwell C, Mathee A, Wright CY (2017). My child did not like using sun protection': practices and perceptions of child sun protection among rural black African mothers. BMC Public Health, 17 (677), pp. 1-8.
  • Naicker N, Teare J, Balakrishna Y, Wright CY, Mathee A (2017). Indoor temperatures in low cost housing in Johannesburg, South Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (1410), pp. 1-18.
  • Sangeetha S, Sivakumar V, Josipovic M, Gebreslasie M, Wright CY (2017). SO2 seasonal variation and assessment of Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) measurements at Sharpeville (27.86°E; 26.68°S) a South African ground-based station. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 38 (23), pp. 6680-6696.
  • Wright CY, Albers PN, Mathee A, Kunene Z, D'Este C, Swaminathan A, Lucas R (2017). Sun protection to improve vaccine effectiveness in children in a high ambient ultraviolet radiation and rural environment: An intervention study. BMC Public Health, 17 (37), pp. 1-8.
  • Wright CY, Albers PN, Reeder A, Mathee A (2017). Sunbeds and skin cancer risk: Quantifying a baseline estimate of sunbed facilities in South Africa prior to implementation of sunbed regulations. Pan African Medical Journal, 26 (188), pp. 1-11.
  • Wright CY, Dominick F, Kunene Z, Kapwata K, Street R (2017). Bibliometric trends of South African environmental health articles between 1998 and 2015: Making local research visible and retrievable. SAMJ South African Medical Journal, 107 (10), pp. 915-924.
  • Wright CY, Ramotsehoa M, du Plessis J, Wittlich M, Peters C (2017). Solar UV radiation-induced non-melanoma skin cancer as an occupational reportable disease: international experience to inform South Africa. Occupational Health Southern Africa, 23 (2), pp. 2-9.
  • Wright CY, Reddy T, Mathee A, Street R (2017). Sun exposure, sun-related symptoms, and sun protection practices in an African informal traditional medicines market. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (10), pp. 1-7.
  • Wright CY, Street R, Cele N, Kunene Z, Balakrishna Y, Albers PN, Mathee A (2017). Indoor temperatures in patient waiting rooms in eight rural primary health care centers in northern South Africa and the related potential risks to human health and wellbeing. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, pp. 1-11.
  • York K, Dlova N, Wright CY, Khumalo N, Kellett P, Kassanjee R, Mosam A (2017). Primary cutaneous malignancies in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa: A retrospective histopathological review. SAMJ South African Medical Journal, 107 (1), pp. 83-88.
  • Wright CY, Norval M (2017). The Epidemiology of Cutaneous Melanoma in the White andBlack African Population Groups in South Africa. 1st Edition In W. Ward & J. Farma (eds.), Cutaneous Melanoma - Etiology and Therapy, Australia, Australia: Codon Publications. (pp. 23-38). 978-0-9944381-4-0.
  • Bidassey-Manilal S, Wright CY, Engelbrecht J, Albers PN, Garland R, Matooane M (2016). Students’ perceived Heat-Health Symptoms increased with warmer classroom temperatures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13 (566), pp. 1-20.
  • Blesic S, Stratimirovic D, Ajtic J, Wright CY, Allen M (2016). Novel approach to analysing large data sets of personal sun exposure measurements. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, 26, pp. 613-620.
  • Gordon L, Elliott T, Wright CY, Deghaye N, Visser W (2016). Modelling the healthcare costs of skin cancer in South Africa. BMC Health Services Research, 16 (113), pp. 1-9.
  • Norval M, Coussens A, Wilkinson R, Bornman L, Lucas R, Wright CY (2016). Vitamin D status and its consequences for health in South Africa. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13 (1019), pp. 1-22.
  • Robyn L, Norval M, Wright CY (2016). Solar ultraviolet radiation in Africa: a systematic review and critical evaluation of the health risks and use of photoprotection. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, 15 (10), pp. 10-23.
  • Wright CY, Albers PN, Oosthuizen M, Naidoo M (2016). Geographical differences in primary school children's key sun-related behaviours. South African Geographical Journal, 98 (2), pp. 199-216.
  • Wright CY, Karsten A, Wilkes M, Singh A, du Plessis J, Albers PN, Karsten P (2016). Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy versus mexameter® MX18 measurements of melanin and erythema in an African population. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 92 (4), pp. 632-636.
  • Wright CY, Reeder A, Albers PN (2016). Knowledge and practice of sun protection in schools in South Africa where no national sun protection programme exists. Health Education Research, 31 (2), pp. 247-259.
  • Wright CY, Wilkes M, du Plessis J, Reeder A, Albers PN (2016). In multiple situational light settings, visual observation for skin colour assessment is comparable with colorimeter measurement. Skin Research and Technology, 22, pp. 305-310.
  • Wright CY, Wilkes M, du Plessis J, Reeder A (2015). Self-reported skin colour and erythemal sensitivity vs. objectively measured constitutive skin colour in an African population with predominantly dark skin. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 31 (6), pp. 315-324.
  • Wright CY, Norval M, Hertle R (2015). Oculocutaneous albinisim in Sub-Saharana Africa: Adverse sun-associated health effects and photoprotection. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 91, pp. 27-32.
  • Wright CY, Reeder A, Albers PN (2015). School students' knowledge and understanding of the global solar ultraviolet index. SAMJ South African Medical Journal, 105 (12), pp. 1024-1029.
  • Wright CY, Reeder A, Gray A, Hammond V (2015). Comparison of Munsell(®) color chart assessments with primary schoolchildren's self-reported skin color. Skin Research and Technology, 21 (4), pp. 459-465.
  • Wilkes M, Wright CY, du Plessis J, Reeder A (2015). Fitzpatrick skin type, individual typology angle, and melanin index in an African population: Steps toward universally applicable skin photosensitivity assessments. JAMA Dermatology, 151 (8), pp. 902-903.
  • Sweijd N, Wright CY, Westwood A, Rouault M, Landman WA, MacKenzie L, Nuttall J, Mahomed H, Cousins T, Winston A, Berhoozi F, Kalule B, Kruger P, Govender C, Minakawa N (2015). Climate change is catchy – but when will it really hurt?. SAMJ South African Medical Journal, 105 (12), pp. 1018-1023.
  • Nurse VA, Wright CY, Allen M, McKenzie R (2015). Solar ultraviolet radiation exposure of South African marathon runners during competition marathon runs and training sessions: A feasibility study. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 91, pp. 971-979.
  • Makgabutlane M, Wright CY (2015). Real-time measurement of outdoor worker's exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 111, pp. 1-7.
  • Garland R, Matooane M, Engelbrecht F, Bopape MM, Landman WA, Naidoo M, van der Merwe J, Wright CY (2015). Regional projections of extreme apparent temperature days in Africa and the related potential risk to human health. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12, pp. 12577-12604.
  • Albers PN, Wright CY, Voyi KVV, Mathee A (2015). Household fuel use and child respiratory ill health in two towns in Mpumalanga, South Africa. SAMJ South African Medical Journal, 105 (7), pp. 573-577.
  • Wright CY, Garland R, Norval M, Vogel CH (2014). Human health impacts in a changing South African climate. SAMJ South African Medical Journal, 104 (8), pp. 579-582.

Copyright © University of Pretoria 2024. All rights reserved.

COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal

To contact the University during the COVID-19 lockdown, please send an email to [email protected]

FAQ's Email Us Virtual Campus Share Cookie Preferences