Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Henry is a Senior Lecturer in the Fluid Mechanics section in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.

Background: He has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Process System from the University of Bristol (2001) and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London (2012). Henry worked, for 6 years, as a trader with Credit Suisse, ultimately as a vice president responsible for all mutual fund derivatives trading within the bank. Following his PhD, Henry has worked as a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge, initially in the Engineering Department and then in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Research: Henry's research focuses on fluid mechanics for the built environment. This ranges from the fundamental understanding of the transport and mixing of turbulent flows with buoyancy, includes the practical application of this understanding to the human-focused ventilation of buildings, and encompasses the slow viscous flow of liquids in wood and timber. To this end Henry co-leads the Low-Energy Ventilation Network which was funded by the EPSRC via the UK Fluids Network as a Special Interest Group, is a Co-Investigator for the Tackling Air Pollution At Schools (TAPAS) network and the Future Urban Ventilation Network (FUVN): the Breathing City (both funded under the NERC funded SPF Clean Air Programme). Henry collaborates widely with industrial and academic partners, and maintains active projects with the Natural Materials Innovation for Sustainable Living centre in Cambridge.

Recent activities has been dominated by the pandemic. To which end, Henry was ventilation lead within Task 7 of the Royal Society's 'Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP)' and is the ventilation lead for the COVID-19 National Core Studies (NCS) programme PROTECT funded by the HSE to manage transmission in workplaces. Henry is a Co-Investigator on the EPSRC funded project CO-TRACE investigating COVID-19 transmission in schools and he led the formation of CoSchools in order to ensure long-term benefits for staff and pupils from investments driven by the desire to reduce COVID transmission in schools. Henry is joint Principal-Investigator of the Department for Education's pilot project investigating the 'Changes In the Ventilation Of Schools when monitoring CO2 (CIVOS-CO2)' which has received funding from the Department of Health and Scoial Care. He was an invited author on the SAGE EMG paper 'Role of ventilation in controlling SARS-CoV-2 transmission' and the SAGE EMG & SPI-B paper 'Application of CO2 monitoring as an approach to managing ventilation to mitigate SARS-CoV-2 transmission'.

Teaching: Henry co-teaches Fluid Mechanics II and Mathematics II which are both core modules within his department undergraduate course, and at postgraduate level he co-teaches the Urban Fluid Mechanics and Modelling Tools modules as part of his department's MSc in Engineering Fluid Mechanics. Alongside industrial partners, he leads group design projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In his role as a tutor to around a dozen students, Henry enjoys engaging more personally with students that reflect Imperial's global intake.



Burridge H, Bontitsopoulos S, Brown C, et al., 2022, Variations in classroom ventilation during the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from monitoring 36 naturally ventilated classrooms in the UK during 2021, Journal of Building Engineering, ISSN:2352-7102

Burridge H, Fan S, Jones R, et al., 2022, Predictive and retrospective modelling of airborne infection risk using monitored carbon dioxide, Indoor and Built Environment, Vol:31, ISSN:1016-4901, Pages:1363-1380

Higton TD, Burridge HC, Hughes GO, 2021, Natural ventilation flows established by a localised heat source in a room with a doorway and a high-level vent, Building and Environment, Vol:203, ISSN:0360-1323, Pages:1-9

Vouriot C, Burridge H, Noakes C, et al., 2021, Seasonal variation in airborne infection risk in schools due to changes in ventilation inferred from monitored carbon dioxide, Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Vol:31, ISSN:0905-6947, Pages:1154-1163

Burridge HC, Bhagat RK, Stettler MEJ, et al., 2021, The ventilation of buildings and other mitigating measures for COVID-19: a focus on wintertime, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Vol:477, ISSN:1364-5021, Pages:1-31

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