People crossing a busy road in the rainThe Environmental Health theme will include identification of pollution sources, impact on human health, monitoring and mitigation strategies, policy and regulation or pollution types such as air pollution and water pollution. The activities in this theme all involve interdisciplinary approaches. For example, air pollution research requires the integration of expertise across a wide range of disciplines from human exposure science, environmental toxicology and epidemiology, atmospheric chemistry and physics, modelling, economics, to social and behavioural sciences; mitigation strategies require engineering innovation and systems monitoring and control.

Air quality

Imperial researchers are working to tackle air pollution and improve air quality for all through the Network of Excellence in Air Quality. From looking at the environmental and social drivers that make people choose to walk in cities to studying the air quality of London’s parks and playgrounds and using physics to understand the impact of pollution on personal health in urban environments.