Some of Imperial's current research in the areas health and the environment are outlined below.

Health and the environment

Climate Change and Health

Professor Paolo Vineis

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. 

Environmental and Global Health Research Group

Professor Majid Ezzati

The Environmental and Global Health Research group focuses on exposure to, and health effects of preventable, environmental, behavioural, nutritional, and metabolic risk factors and their interventions throughout the world.

 The research activities routinely combine concepts, data, and methods from a range of environmental, health and quantitative sciences with a systems perspective.

They collect and analyse primary field data on environmental risk factors (primarily air pollution). They also develop and apply analytical models to combinations of primary and secondary data to estimate the population level health effects of risk factor exposures and interventions.

MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health

Professor Paul Elliot

The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health was established in June 2009 as a partnership between Imperial and King’s College London, and has established itself as an international centre of excellence for research into, and training on, the health effects of environmental pollutants. The Centre has grown to become an integrated research collective of over fifty research groups and approximately three hundred associated research staff and students. There is an emphasis on cross-disciplinary, collaborative working to explore human exposure-disease relationships and to translate new scientific knowledge, research capability and expertise into effective responses to address current and emerging environmental concerns and to inform national and international policies to improve health.

The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment

Professors Joanna Haigh and Martin Siegert, Co-directors

The Grantham Institute has a mandate to drive forward research relating to climate change and the environment, translating this into real world impact and communicating our knowledge to help shape decision-making. 

The Institute integrates researchers and capabilities from all areas of the College necessary to develop both the fundamental scientific understanding of climate change, and the mitigation and adaptation responses to it, including those related to health. The Institute is supported by a team of experts who provide authoritative analysis and assessment of research outputs, communicating it in a policy-relevant way to decision makers.

The Institute for Security Science and Technology

Professor Chris Hankin, Co-Director

The Institute for Security Science and Technology seeks to coordinate interdisciplinary and cross-departmental research and innovation to address national and global security and resilience challenges.