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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bacteriophage Earth & Environmental Sciences
Bacteriophages Medicine & Life Sciences
wastewater Earth & Environmental Sciences
Enterococcus Medicine & Life Sciences
pollution Earth & Environmental Sciences
bacterium Earth & Environmental Sciences
bioreactor Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2017 2019

Research Output 2004 2020

Storm response of fluvial sedimentary microplastics

Ockelford, A., Ebdon, J. & Cundy, A., 18 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Scientific Reports. 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

flood wave
flume experiment

A cryogel-based bioreactor for water treatment applications

Berillo, D. A., Caplin, J. L., Cundy, A. B. & Savina, I. N., 30 Jan 2019, In : Water Research. 153, p. 324-334 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Water treatment
water treatment

Anti‐biofilm potential of purified environmental bacteriophage preparations against early stage Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms

Issa, R., Chanishvili, N., Caplin, J., Kakabadze, E., Bakuradze, N., Makalatia, K. & Cooper, I., 2 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Applied Microbiology. 126, 6, p. 1657-1667 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Activities 2007 2019

  • 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