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Surrey academic awarded MBE for services to environmental health

Dr Stephen Battersby receives Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Dr Stephen Battersby, Visiting Senior Research Fellow within the University of Surrey’s Robens Centre for Environmental Health, and past President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental health, wins an MBE for his long-standing contributions in the field.

Since his PhD on the implications of urban rat infestations, Dr Battersby has worked extensively in the environmental sciences sector. He was, for many years, contributing editor of Croner’s Environmental Management textbook and is now editor of Clay’s Handbook of Environmental Health – the latter of which was broadened in approach to include topics such as disaster relief and extreme events, featuring contributions from Public Health England, Ministry of Defence and the University. Dr Battersby was also a chapter author of the WHO publication on the public health significance of urban pests.

“My current research interests include investigating the impact of housing conditions, such as damp and mould, on public health,” Dr Battersby said. “I’ve helped with the implementation of the housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS), for example, that allows local authorities to address hazards in the home including cold, carbon monoxide, domestic hygiene fire and falls. The HHSRS now forms the legal basis for local council intervention and I deliver a lot of training for local authorities on housing and health as a result.”

Dr Battersby concluded, “I’ve been humbled by the response surrounding my MBE and I was very touched to receive a hand-written letter from the Chief Medical Officer from the Department of Health, praising my efforts. I don’t undertake my work with the aim of getting awards, so it’s surprising and encouraging to have received official recognition. I feel that pest management and adequate housing conditions are often forgotten aspects of public health, so it’s my hope that this MBE raises further awareness of these issues.”

Later this year, Dr Battersby will visit Buckingham Palace to collect his award.



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