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Green Infrastructure and Health Mapping Alliance of Surrey Academics (GREENMASS)

Greenmass logoBackground

The positives of green infrastructure (GI), such as trees and hedges, on public health are clearly evident. Greening of cities for healthy urban living is being taken as a priority in many cities worldwide, but the guidelines on the deployment of GI in urban areas, and how much health benefits they bring in quantitative terms (e.g., reduced mortality, hospital admissions or life years), are still open questions for the research community, the general public and various funding agencies.

These questions can only be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach. Hosted within the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) and funded by the University of Surrey’s Urban Living Award, Green Infrastructure and Health Mapping Alliance of Surrey Academics (GREENMASS) project builds upon Surrey’s extensive expertise and leverage significant on-going research activities (e.g., H2020 funded iSCAPE; OPERANDUM).

The aim of the GREENMASS is to establish a cross-disciplinary university-wide alliance to understand linkages between ‘green infrastructure’ and ‘health mapping’ in urban areas. In particular, we will build an understanding of the links between GI interventions and the incidence of health problems such as respiratory diseases and hospital admissions and the prevalence of mental and cardiovascular problems.


The overall goal is to foster collaboration between numerous research areas such as ‘Air Pollution’, ‘Green Infrastructure Engineering’, ‘Clinical Health’, ‘Environmental Sustainability’, ‘Mathematical Modelling’, ‘Mental Health’ and ‘Environmental Psychology’ via a research alliance platform to address this complex urban problem.

The specific objectives are:

  • Develop a novel methodology of linking GI and health outcomes using Guildford as a pilot study area, with a view to applying it broadly in future
  • Respond to relevant research funding calls that are specifically focusing at the multidisciplinary questions related to green infrastructure and public health topics
  • Develop a long-term collaborative platform by combining broader expertise in the area of air pollution and Public health
  • Broadly link our research to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, 13 ‘Climate Action’, and progress towards the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.


Founding PI

Professor Prashant Kumar (Professor and Chair in Air Quality & Health / Director, Global Centre for Clean Air Research, GCARE; Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering; FEPS).

Founding members

  • Professor Simon de Lusignan (Professor of Primary Care & Clinical Informatics / Chair in Health Care Management / Head of the Department of Clinical & Experimental Medicine; FHMS)
  • Professor Angela Druckman (Professor of Sustainable Consumption and Production; Production; Centre for Environment & Sustainability; FEPS)
  • Professor Derk-Jan Dijk (Professor of Sleep and Physiology, Director Surrey Sleep Research Centre; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine; FHMS)
  • Dr Birgitta Gatersleben (Reader in Environmental Psychology; School of Psychology; FHMS)
  • Dr Anne C. Skeldon (Reader in Mathematics; Department of Mathematics; FEPS)
  • Dr Sarah Allison (Lecturer in Health and Exercise Science, School of Bioscience and Medicine, University of Surrey).

Early career researchers

  • Dr Sarkawat Hama (GCARE Post-doctoral Researcher, ASAP-Delhi Project; Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering)
  • Dr Uy Hoang (Post-doctoral Researcher, Clinical Informatics and Health Outcomes Research Group; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine)
  • Mr Arvind Tiwari (GCARE PhD Researcher, iSCAPE Project; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Mr KV Abhijith (GCARE PhD Researcher, iSCAPE Project; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Mr Ashish Sharma (GCARE PhD Researcher, MAPE Project; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering).

New members

  • Prof Lidia Morawska (Director, International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, Queensland University of Technology,  Australia)
  • Dr Aonghus McNabola (Associate Professor in Energy and Environment, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Also a Visiting Reader, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey, UK)
  • Dr John Gallagher (Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems Modelling, School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin)
  • Dr Kayleigh Wyles (Lecturer in Environmental Psychology, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, UK).
  • Dr Deepti Adlakha (Lecturer in Spatial Planning, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK)
  • Dr Antoine Jeanjean (Postdoctoral Researcher, Earth Observation Group; Department of Physics, University of Leicester, UK)
  • Dr Thor-Bjørn Ottosen (GCARE Postdoctoral Researcher, iSCAPE Project; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey, UK).
Greenmass group


  • Kick-off meeting (Date: Meeting held on 10 March 2018)
  • Interim review meeting (Date: Meeting held on 21th June 2018)
  • Outcome review meeting (Date: Meeting held on 15th July 2018) 


Kumar, P., Druckman, A., Gallagher, J., Gatersleben, B., Allison, S., Eisenman, T.S., Hoang, U., Hama, S., Tiwari, A., Sharma, A., Abhijith, KV, Adlakha, D., McNabola, A., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Skeldon, A.C., de Lusignan, S., Morawska, L., 2019. The Nexus between Air Pollution, Green Infrastructure and Human Health. Environment International 133,105181. Accessible at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412019319683


GREENMASS was funded by the University of Surrey’s Urban Living Award.

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