Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health
Members: Dr Kathy Pond, Dr Steve Pedley, Kali Johal
The Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health (RCPEH) was created on August 1, 1997, from the Environmental Health Division of the former Robens Institute, which had been in existence since 1985. The aim of the RCPEH is to increase our understanding of the complex ways in which water exerts impacts on human health. We achieve this aim through research, training, and the provision of services.
The RCPEH has a strong research profile in the area of water quality and human health, with funding received directly, and through collaborations, from the NERC, EPSRC, DFID, Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, SPLASH Consortium, the UK technology Strategy Board, European Union, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Leverhulme Trust, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the UK Environment Agency, and the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The outputs from these projects have provided support to UK Government agencies and to UN organizations, as well as Government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in many developing countries.
The Centre has extensive expertise in the scientific and management aspects of water and environmental monitoring and assessment. It plays an active role in the promotion of improved monitoring of resources in the UK and overseas. A significant part of the work of the Centre is aiding capacity building for water quality monitoring and assessment. The type of activity ranges from the provision of bespoke in-country training to small NGOs to the design, equipping and management of national water quality analysis laboratories. The Centre also provides services to the UK building services and water industry through its analytical laboratory, which is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 17025:2005.
Together with the Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering, the RCPEH is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for the Protection of Water Quality and Human Health.
Water and Environmental Monitoring and Management
The RCPEH is able to respond to the growing need to safeguard the natural, rural and urban environments by identifying environmental problems and providing solutions by the application of objective science, research and training. The Centre has extensive expertise in scientific and management aspects of water and environmental monitoring and assessment. It plays an active role in the promotion of improved monitoring of resources in the UK and overseas. This has included assistance in the development of national capacity for resource management.
Providing Expert Advice
The RCPEH has considerable experience in the areas of surface water quality monitoring, recreational water quality monitoring, coastal management, and groundwater quality monitoring. We have provided expert advice to a number of agencies, including the World Health Organisation and other UN Agencies, and national governments on the setting of appropriate standards for drinking water, recreational water and effluent quality. The Centre is active in the Global Environmental Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water), with support from UNEP, UNESCO, WHO and WMO.
Phone: (01483) 68 9209
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