Imperial College London

DrAudreyde Nazelle

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Senior Lecturer



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20416 Prince's GardensSouth Kensington Campus





Audrey de Nazelle joined the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, in 2012 as a lecturer in air pollution management. She is an expert in risk assessment and exposure science. Her research is at the intersection of environmental sciences, health behaviour, transportation, and urban planning. Her work aims at guiding decision makers towards health-promoting built environments and policies. It involves novel and holistic approaches to assessing behavioral, environmental and health impacts of urban plans and policies.

She conducted her postdoctoral research at the Centre for Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) in Barcelona, Spain, where she developed and lead the European study Transportation Air Pollution and Physical ActivitieS: and Integrated Health Risk Assessment Programme of Climate Change and Urban Policies  (TAPAS). She holds a PhD and an MS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (UNC - ESE), where she still collaborates at the BME lab, and a Maîtrise in Mathematics from the University of Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie.

Dr de Nazelle was named one of the "50 Most Influential Female Scholars" by SuperScholar, an organization that aims to help match prospective students to degree programmes.

Dr de Nazelle leads the London-based case study for the EU-FP7 project Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA), for which she supervises two PhD students: Esther Anaya and Juan Pablo Orjuela

She supervises six other PhD students:  Andrea Calderon on low-carbon mobility policies in cities and their impacts on air quality and health; Catalina Cruz Piedrahita on urban agriculture and health; Rosie Riley on societal engagement for sustainable behaviours through the use of smart phones; Yue Wang on pedestrian route choice modeling using app-based data; Paul Clift on air pollution interventions in schools; and Karina Corada on greenspace and air pollution. 

Dr de Nazelle leads other studies on transport and health (SPHR2 and Imperial societal engagement seed-funded projects on rail transport proposal development) and on societal engagement (Imperial and ESRC-funded projects, following up from the Behavioural Change for Urban Sustainability (BeCUS) study and  Enhancing the Plume Labs App and Monitor for Research and Policy (E-Plume) conducted in partnership with Plume Labs).

She is also a collaborator on the EPSRC-funded project Managing Air for Green Inner Cities (MAGIC), and on MRC-funded projects on active travel (METAHIT and TIGTHAT). 

Dr de Nazelle supervises many MSc theses every year, and convenes the Pollution Management option of the CEP's MSc in Environmental Technology.


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Dons E, Rojas-Rueda D, Anaya-Boig E, et al., 2018, Transport mode choice and body mass index: Cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence from a European-wide study, Environment International, Vol:119, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:109-116

Iwinska K, Blicharska M, Pierotti L, et al., 2018, Cycling in Warsaw, Poland - Perceived enablers and barriers according to cyclists and non-cyclists, Transportation Research Part A - Policy and Practice, Vol:113, ISSN:0965-8564, Pages:291-301

Cole-Hunter T, de Nazelle A, Donaire-Gonzalez D, et al., 2018, Estimated effects of air pollution and space-time-activity on cardiopulmonary outcomes in healthy adults: A repeated measures study, Environment International, Vol:111, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:247-259

Jerrett M, Donaire-Gonzalez D, Popoola O, et al., 2017, Validating novel air pollution sensors to improve exposure estimates for epidemiological analyses and citizen science, Environmental Research, Vol:158, ISSN:0013-9351, Pages:286-294

Götschi T, de Nazelle A, Brand C, et al., 2017, Towards a Comprehensive Conceptual Framework of Active Travel Behavior: a Review and Synthesis of Published Frameworks, Current Environmental Health Reports, Vol:4, Pages:286-295

Avila-Palencia I, de Nazelle A, Cole-Hunter T, et al., 2017, The relationship between bicycle commuting and perceived stress: a cross-sectional study, Bmj Open, Vol:7, ISSN:2044-6055

Dons E, Laeremans M, Orjuela JP, et al., 2017, Wearable Sensors for Personal Monitoring and Estimation of Inhaled Traffic-Related Air Pollution: Evaluation of Methods, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:51, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:1859-1867

de Nazelle A, Bode O, Orjuela JP, 2017, Comparison of air pollution exposures in active vs. passive travel modes in European cities: A quantitative review, Environment International, Vol:99, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:151-160

Curto A, de Nazelle A, Donaire-Gonzalez D, et al., 2016, Private and public modes of bicycle commuting: a perspective on attitude and perception, European Journal of Public Health, Vol:26, ISSN:1101-1262, Pages:717-723

Braun LM, Rodriguez DA, Cole-Hunter T, et al., 2016, Short-term planning and policy interventions to promote cycling in urban centers: Findings from a commute mode choice analysis in Barcelona, Spain, Transportation Research Part A - Policy and Practice, Vol:89, ISSN:0965-8564, Pages:164-183

Tainio M, de Nazelle AJ, Goetschi T, et al., 2016, Can air pollution negate the health benefits of cycling and walking?, Preventive Medicine, Vol:87, ISSN:0091-7435, Pages:233-236

Rojas-Rueda D, de Nazelle A, Andersen ZJ, et al., 2016, Health Impacts of Active Transportation in Europe, PLOS One, Vol:11, ISSN:1932-6203

Gerike R, de Nazelle A, Nieuwenhuijsen M, et al., 2016, Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA): a study protocol for a multicentre project, Bmj Open, Vol:6, ISSN:2044-6055

Donaire-Gonzalez D, de Nazelle A, Cole-Hunter T, et al., 2015, The Added Benefit of Bicycle Commuting on the Regular Amount of Physical Activity Performed, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol:49, ISSN:0749-3797, Pages:842-849

Andersen ZJ, de Nazelle A, Mendez MA, et al., 2015, A Study of the Combined Effects of Physical Activity and Air Pollution on Mortality in Elderly Urban Residents: The Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Cohort, Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol:123, ISSN:0091-6765, Pages:557-563

Kubesch N, De Nazelle A, Guerra S, et al., 2015, Arterial blood pressure responses to short-term exposure to low and high traffic-related air pollution with and without moderate physical activity, European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Vol:22, ISSN:2047-4873, Pages:548-557

Janet Kubesch N, de Nazelle A, Westerdahl D, et al., 2015, Respiratory and inflammatory responses to short-term exposure to traffic-related air pollution with and without moderate physical activity, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol:72, ISSN:1351-0711, Pages:284-293

Akita Y, Serre ML, Baldasano JM, et al., 2014, Large scale air pollution estimation method combining land use regression and chemical transport modeling in a geostatistical framework, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:48, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:4452-4459

Rojas-Rueda D, de Nazelle A, Teixido O, et al., 2013, Health impact assessment of increasing public transport and cycling use in Barcelona: A morbidity and burden of disease approach, Preventive Medicine, Vol:57, ISSN:0091-7435, Pages:573-579

de Nazelle A, Aguilera I, Nieuwenhuijsen M, et al., 2013, Comparison of performance of land use regression models derived for Catalunya, Spain, Atmospheric Environment, Vol:77, ISSN:1352-2310, Pages:598-606

Kubesch N, de Nazelle A, Martinez D, et al., 2013, Lung function and -inflammation after short term exposures to traffic related air pollution and physical activity, European Respiratory Journal, Vol:42, ISSN:0903-1936

Donaire-Gonzalez D, de Nazelle A, Seto E, et al., 2013, Comparison of Physical Activity Measures Using Mobile Phone-Based CalFit and Actigraph, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:15, ISSN:1438-8871

de Nazelle A, Seto E, Donaire-Gonzalez D, et al., 2013, Improving estimates of air pollution exposure through ubiquitous sensing technologies, Environmental Pollution, Vol:176, ISSN:0269-7491, Pages:92-99

Rojas-Rueda D, de Nazelle A, Teixido O, et al., 2012, Replacing car trips by increasing bike and public transport in the greater Barcelona metropolitan area: A health impact assessment study, Environment International, Vol:49, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:100-109

de Nazelle A, Fruin S, Westerdahl D, et al., 2012, A travel mode comparison of commuters' exposures to air pollutants in Barcelona, Atmospheric Environment, Vol:59, ISSN:1352-2310, Pages:151-159

Dadvand P, de Nazelle A, Triguero-Mas M, et al., 2012, Surrounding Greenness and Exposure to Air Pollution During Pregnancy: An Analysis of Personal Monitoring Data, Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol:120, ISSN:0091-6765, Pages:1286-1290

Dadvand P, de Nazelle A, Figueras F, et al., 2012, Green space, health inequality and pregnancy, Environment International, Vol:40, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:110-115

Rabl A, de Nazelle A, 2012, Benefits of shift from car to active transport, Transport Policy, Vol:19, ISSN:0967-070X, Pages:121-131

Rojas-Rueda D, de Nazelle A, Tainio M, et al., 2011, The health risks and benefits of cycling in urban environments compared with car use: health impact assessment study., Bmj, Vol:343

de Nazelle A, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ, Anto JM, et al., 2011, Improving health through policies that promote active travel: A review of evidence to support integrated health impact assessment, Environment International, Vol:37, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:766-777

de Nazelle A, Morton BJ, Jerrett M, et al., 2010, Short trips: An opportunity for reducing mobile-source emissions?, Transportation Research Part D - Transport and Environment, Vol:15, ISSN:1361-9209, Pages:451-457

De Nazelle A, Arunachalam S, Serre ML, 2010, Bayesian Maximum Entropy Integration of Ozone Observations and Model Predictions: An Application for Attainment Demonstration in North Carolina, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:44, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:5707-5713

de Nazelle A, Nieuwenhuijsen M, 2010, Integrated health impact assessment of cycling, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol:67, ISSN:1351-0711, Pages:76-77

de Nazelle A, Rodriguez DA, 2009, Tradeoffs in incremental changes towards pedestrian-friendly environments: Physical activity and pollution exposure, Transportation Research Part D - Transport and Environment, Vol:14, ISSN:1361-9209, Pages:255-263

de Nazelle A, Rodriguez DA, Crawford-Brown D, 2009, The built environment and health: Impacts of pedestrian-friendly designs on air pollution exposure, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:407, ISSN:0048-9697, Pages:2525-2535

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