Imperial's work in environment that impacts health.
Professor Paolo Vineis
Climate Change and Health
The projected changes in the climate are likely to bring about adverse effects on human health, disproportionately affecting poorer populations. The evidence of direct and indirect health impacts is still limited. Attributing health-related events to climate change and variability is a challenge, which requires the development of new epidemiological methods that take into account the complexities involved.
This research network focuses on both non-communicable and infectious diseases, as well as on different regional contexts (Bangladesh/China and Tanzania/Africa) in order to develop robust epidemiological and modelling frameworks for investigating and predicting the impact that regional climate change and variability can have on the health of societies in vulnerable locations.
WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene)
Water, sanitation and hygiene
The research group of Dr Michael Templeton in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is active in research in Africa focused on developing and testing more sustainable forms of low-cost onsite sanitation and evaluating the impact of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions on the prevention of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), such as schistosomiasis. The research has been conducted in collaboration with colleagues in the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative in the School of Public Health as well as with in-country partners and academic colleagues from other UK universities. The research has to-date been conducted in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Senegal, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire, though we are always keen to start new collaborations in other African nations on these or related topics; please contact Dr Templeton directly if you are interested – firstname.lastname@example.org, +44(0)2075946099.
Here is a blog by Dr Templeton on World Water Day 2015 on the role of WASH in preventing schistosomiasis: https://imperialighi.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/controlling-schistosomiasis-why-clean-waters-so-important/.
Most relevant publications:
- Grimes JET, Croll D, Harrison WE, Utzinger J, Freeman MC, Templeton MR, 2015, The roles of water, sanitation, and hygiene in reducing schistosomiasis: a review, Parasites and Vectors, Vol: 8:156
- Grimes JET, Templeton MR, 2015, Geostatistical modelling of schistosomiasis prevalence, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol: 15, Pages: 869-870
- Templeton MR, 2015, Pitfalls and progress: a perspective on achieving sustainable sanitation for all, Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, Vol: 1, Pages: 17-21
- Templeton MR, Hammoud AS, Butler AP, Braun L, Foucher JA, Grossmann J, Boukari M, Faye S, Jourda JP, 2015, Nitrate pollution of groundwater by pit latrines in developing countries, AIMS Environmental Science, Vol: 2, Pages: 302-313
- Todman LC, van Eekert MHA, Templeton MR, Hardy M, Gibson WT, Torondel B, Adbelahi F, Ensink JHJ, 2015, Modelling the fill rate of pit latrines in Ifakara, Tanzania, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, Vol: 5, Pages: 100-106
- Furlong C, Templeton MR, Gibson WT, 2014, Processing of human faeces by wet vermifiltration for improved on-site sanitation, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, Vol: 4, Pages: 231-239
- Grimes JET, Croll D, Harrison WE, Utzinger J, Freeman MC, Templeton MR, 2014, The relationship between water, sanitation and schistosomiasis: a systematic review and meta-analysis, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Vol: 8:e3296
- Bond T, Templeton MR, 2011, History and future of domestic biogas plants in the developing world, Energy for Sustainable Development, Vol: 15, Pages: 347-354
- Papafilippou N, Templeton MR, Ali M, 2011, Is there a role for external technical support in the community-led total sanitation (CLTS) approach?, International Development Planning Review, Vol: 33, Pages: 81-94
- Thye YP, Templeton MR, Ali M, 2011, A critical review of technologies for pit latrine emptying in developing countries, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, Vol: 41, Pages: 1793-1819, ISSN: 1064-3389
Professor Sir Gordon Conway
Agriculture for Impact
Agriculture for Impact (A4I) is an independent advocacy initiative led by Professor Sir Gordon Conway, author of the book One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World? A4I aims to enable better European government support for productive, sustainable, equitable and resilient agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing in particular on the needs of smallholder farmers. Agriculture for Impact also convenes the Montpellier Panel, a group of European and African experts in the fields of agriculture, trade, ecology and global development. It is based at Imperial College London and is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.