Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering
Our Centre is a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the protection of water quality and human health.
We have a research capability in developing, implementing and managing innovative solutions and interventions for the protection of the environment and public health. We are a diverse multidisciplinary research group with background expertise in civil engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, microbiology, virology, zoology, public health and mathematics.
We provide support to international governments through international agencies such as WHO, Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and relief organisations such as Oxfam, UNICEF and Medicins Sans Frontier (MSF).
We undertake research activities and services that address today’s environmental and public health global challenges.
Research takes place across the following areas:
- Advanced water and wastewater treatment and resource recovery/reuse (water- energy-materials)
- Fate and behaviour of contaminants-including emerging ones- in the environment
- Water, sanitation and public health (WASH) in the developing world
- Recreational water quality; risk assessment and management
- Remote sensing, catchment surveillance, water resources management, risks and extreme weather in the context of climate change and resilience
- Urban pollution and health in cities and megacities.
- Water resources surveillance
- Modelling and management
- Pollution control and waste management.
Small water supplies research
Small drinking water supplies pose a particular risk to public health. Researchers in this group like Katherine Pond, are working with the World Health Organisation to improve risk assessments for small water supplies. We have developed two films to assist communities using these supplies to carry out risk assessments to identify potential hazards to the water supply.
Prizes we've won
Meet the team
Dr Stephen Battersby
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Environmental Health and Housing Consultant
Professor Prashant Kumar
Associate Dean (International), Professor and Chair in Air Quality and Health; Founding Director, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE)
Professor Matthias Maier
Professor Paul Sherlock
Formerly of Oxfam and Coordinator of Water and Sanitation Emergencies, UNICEF
Postgraduate research students
Salihu Jarmajo Ahmed
Evaluation of waste-to-energy (WtE) in Bauchi Metropolis (Nigeria): A key component to comprehensive solid waste management
Instream wood accumulation at bridges: Exploring drivers and modelling their effect in UK rivers
The review and update of sanitary inspections for small water supplies and the gauging of their impacts