Environment and Public Health Research and Enterprise Group

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Our research aims to understand and explain the influence of human activities on water, land and air to support improved public health. We focus on developing appropriate, practical solutions and strategies to manage and effectively control the release and transmission of contaminants, such as pathogenic microorganisms, macro pollutants, airborne particulate matter and antibiotic resistance genes within the environment.


Our research falls under the following four themes: (1) Air quality management; (2) Community engagement and training; (3) Waste management and (4) Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low-resource and emergency settings.


The group works extensively with the international academic partners, Non-Governmental Organisations (e.g. UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières), the water and waste industry, Defra, The Committee of the Medical Effects of Air Pollution and with community groups and stakeholders.


Our researchers are also developing methods to detect, monitor and model the presence of human and non-human pollutants and emerging contaminants in a range of terrestrial, atmospheric, and aquatic environments. Our findings provide high impact, evidence-based science with which to inform policy and change behaviours. To find out more about our specialist research facilities please follow the link to the Centre for Aquatic Environments site.


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    Research Output

    Changes in ambient air quality and atmospheric composition and reactivity in the South East of the UK as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown

    Wyche, K., Nichols, M., Parfiff, H., Beckett, P., Gregg, D., Smallbone, K. & Monks, P., 24 Sep 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 142526.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Integrated and sustainable management of post-industrial coasts

    Bardos, P., Spencer, K. L., Ward, R., Maco, B. & Cundy, A., 16 Jun 2020, In : Frontiers in Environmental Science. 8, 86.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Storm response of fluvial sedimentary microplastics

    Ockelford, A., Cundy, A. & Ebdon, J., 5 Feb 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 26 p., 1865.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 7 External funding peer-review
    • 6 Membership of professional body
    • 2 Personal board membership of professional/academic bodies
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Invited keynote speaker, member of the scientific conference committee and session chair

    James Ebdon (Keynote speaker)

    19 Nov 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Referee for proposals to Engineering for Development (E4D) Switzerland

    James Ebdon (Member of expert group)

    12 Feb 2019

    Activity: External funding peer-review

    Programme Committee Member of the 20th International Water Association Symposium on Health Related Water Microbiology (Event)

    James Ebdon (Member)

    1 Jan 201919 Sep 2019

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body