I am a Chartered Environmentalist a Chartered Scientist and currently a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Sustainability at Newcastle University. I have special interest in traffic emissions and air quality. My research also covers the issue of air quality and health with a special focus on the personal exposure of population to air pollution. I am also involved in research on environmental justice and links between air quality, social deprivation and health. My research bridges the gap between engineering, and medical and social sciences.
I am a visiting professor at the Anna University, Chennai, India.
I have been involved in environmental assessment of many land-use and transport policies and have been involved in developing a platform PITHEM (Platform for Integrated Traffic, Health and Emission Modelling) to facilitate this. PITHEM facilitates modelling and mapping of traffic emissions (CO2, other gaseous pollutants and particles), noise and air quality. I am also involved in research on developing self conserving urban environments (SECURE project) and measuring, modelling, mapping and managing carbon footprint of a city (4M project).
I have developed software for multi-criteria decision analysis of transport scenarios producing strategic environmental and health assessments. The modelling tools have previously been applied to address sustainability issues associated with local and regional land use and transport policies. I have been actively engaged in international research and has close links with academics and researchers in India, China, USA and Sweden.
Director, Transport Operations Research Group (TORG)
Senior Lecturer in Transport and Sustainability
Research on environmental and health assessment of land use and transport policies.
Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)
Chartered Scientist (CSci)
PhD (Air Pollution Modelling), University of Nottingham
M.Tech. (Env. Sc. & Eng.), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
BA (Additional), Sociology, Nagpur University, India
B.E. (Civil Eng.), Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, India
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds (2002-2008)
Research Fellow, Schools of Geography & Environment, University of Leeds (1998-2002)
Research Associate, University of Nottingham (1996-1998)
Scientist, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, India (1987-1996)
Environmental Engineer, JK Paper Mills, Rayagada, Orissa, India (1986-1987)
Environmental Engineer, Envirotech Consultants, New Delhi, India (1985-1986)
Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS)
Member, Institution of Environmental Sciences (MIEnvS)
Member, Institute for Air Quality Management (MIAQM)
Member, Environmental Protection UK (previously known as NSCA)
Life Member, Institution of Engineers (India)
Life Member, Indian Association for Environmental Management
Hon Secretary, Smart Environment Interest Group of the Intelligent Transport Society (UK) 2005-07
Commonwealth Fellowship for PhD at the University of Nottingham (1992-1995)
Award of Indian National Merit Scholarship 1978-83
Environmental and health assessment of land use and transport policies
Traffic emission and air quality modelling
Air quality, health and environmental justice
Personal exposure to air pollution (including second-hand smoke)
Carbon footprint of transport and domestic sectors
Multi-criteria assessment of transport schemes
Socio-economic impact assessment
1. Public Health England and Fresh Smoke Free North East supported research on exposure of children to second-hand smoke in vehicles
This research provided evidence in support of the new Law which has been passed in England and Wales effective from 1st October which bans smoking in vehicles with anyone under 18 present. The research was widely covered in local, regional, national and international media. Here are some of the links to follow the coverage:
Newcastle University Press release: http://bit.ly/1OIwzNK
Daily Mail: http://dailym.ai/1PPnjos
Sky News: http://bit.ly/1FHnxhp
ITV News: http://bit.ly/1KUwxvi
2. EPSRC SUE Project SECURE (SElf Conserving Urban Environments)
The SECURE project addresses the grand challenge of integrating greater conservation and more efficient resource utilisation across scales to meet future urban demands. SECURE is developing a Regional Urbanisation Model that synthesises resource-supply-demand-waste systems from city and local authorities to regional scales via the integration of three themes - Urbanisation (land use and transport), Building and Energy (supply and demand) and Ecosystem Services (the benefits humans receive from ecosystems).
The SECURE project comprises five Work Packages. The first three focus on the main research areas, Urbanisation, Ecosystem Services, and Building and Energy. Work Package 4 addresses the issue of Societal Impact and Professional Engagement, ensuring that stakeholders are fully engaged both in terms of the technical development of the Base Case (2011) and Projection (2016), and public acceptability of longer term Scenarios (2030/2050). Work Package 5, Integration of Policies Across Themes, ensures that the policies identified and developed throughout the course of the project are fully integrated, both in terms of their proposed design and implementation, and their overall impact in meeting the project objectives.
3. UKIERI Project - NAMPSER (Newcastle and Mumbai Partnership on Sustainability and Environment Research)
Collaborators: Newcastle University, UK and IIT Bombay, India
The main aim of this project is to develop collaboration between Newcastle University and IIT Bombay on topics dealing with some of the most challenging issues faced by developed and developing countries alike viz. traffic congestion, air pollution and health. This will involve exchange of academic and research staff and postgraduate students working together to contribute complementary skills to currently on-going projects and to carry out some pilot studies leading to the development of joint research proposals and publications. This will enhance ongoing efforts to strengthen current practice in India/UK involving urban administrative authorities and regulatory agencies for sustained and holistic approach to traffic and air quality management.
4. EPSRC Global SECURE Project
In collaboration with the Peking University and Wuhan University, China.
International engagement to focus on crucial technological challenges which can support substantial energy reductions and a supply of clean, secure energy. To enhance existing UK-China research relationships, build new links with the top universities in China, and strengthen the competitiveness of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the UK and China. The project is highly relevant to the UK government’s energy strategy to secure the future energy supply and achieve national targets for greenhouse gas emissions.
5. EPSRC SUE Project 4M (Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management
An Evidence-Based Methodology for Understanding and Shrinking the Urban Carbon Footprint). 2008-2012. The 4M project seeks to investigate how much carbon the city produces - and looks at ways it can be cut. It seeks to place calculations of the Carbon Footprint of cities on a secure platform and produce a carbon emissions inventory for the whole city of Leicester. Four topic areas are being studied: building energy, reduction of emissions and pollution from transport, carbon sequestration rates and impact of personal carbon quotas. The project is in partnership with De Montfort, Leicester, Loughborough, Sheffield and Leeds universities.
6. EPSRC SUE Project ReVISIONS (Regional Visions of Integrated Sustainable Infrastructure Optimised for NeighbourhoodS)
2008-2012. ReVISIONS project is in collaboration with Cambridge, Newcastle, Exeter, Leeds universities and Imperial College London. In ReVISIONS, the research will be carried out within an integrated modelling framework to understand how regional 'top down' spatial development policies would affect the size and densities of settlements and identify the most sustainable combinations of infrastructure at different spatial scales and locations. My role in ReVISIONS would be in environmental modelling and overall assessment of various options. Each option will be assessed across a wide range of criteria encompassing the environmental impacts, use of resources, economy, social inclusion, and health.
7. EPSRC SUE Project. SOLUTIONS (Sustainability Of Land Use and Transport In Outer NeighbourhoodS). 2004-2009.
main aim of the SOLUTIONS project was to develop generic guidance to support the planning, design and implementation of sustainable land use and transport strategies in peri-urban areas that experience high pressure for growth. SOLUTIONS was a collaborative project with Cambridge University, University of West England, University of Leeds and University College London. The principal research questions that SOLUTIONS answered was how far, and by what means, can towns and cities be planned so they are socially inclusive, economically efficient and environmentally sustainable. See a key publication on the findings here.
Indoor and outdoor personal exposure
Environmental justice (social deprivation, air quality and health)
Team leader - environmental impact assessment studies in India
Project Manager – 4M project (ITS, University of Leeds, March to September 2008)
Researcher on various projects
I am currently supervising (main and co-supervision) nine PhD students. I have co-supervised five successful PhDs.
Areas of the ongoing PhD projects are listed below:
Transport and sustainability
Traffic emission and air
Air quality, health and environmental justice
Personal exposure to air pollution
Carbon footprint of road, rail and air transport
Active travel to school
Cycling - personal exposure to air pollution; appraisal of cycle schemes
Visiting Professor, Anna University, India, since 2013.
Member of the US Transport Research Board’s Committee on Transport and Air Quality (ADC20)
Member of the Steering Committee of Institute of Air Quality Management
Coordinator of the Environment and Health Research network affiliated to Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability
Co-editor of a special issue of journal RTBM (Research in Transportation Business & Management) on ‘Innovations in Technologies for Sustainable Transport’.
NERC Grant Reviewer since 2006.
EPSRC Grant Reviewer since 2007.
MRC Grant Reviewer since 2012.
External examiner of three PhD theses at the Vishwabharati University, India 2002, 2005 and 2011.
Hon Secretary, Smart Environment Interest Group of the Intelligent Transport Society (UK) 2004-07
Invited as a judge for the ITS (UK) Annual Awards 2008.
Invited guest editor, International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, Special issue, Urban Air Pollution, Volume 9, Number 2 (to be published in 2009).
Reviewer of journal papers
Environmental Modelling and Software
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Environmental Planning Part A
Institution of Civil Engineers
International Journal of Environment and Pollution
International Journal of Environmental and Waste Management (IJEWM)
International Journal of Environmental Engineering (IJEE)
International Journal of Geographical Information Science
Science of the Total Environment
Special issue of World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development
Water, Air and Soil Pollution
Reviewer of conference papers
ITS World Congress
ITS European Congress and Exhibition
Urban Environment and Systems
Funds indicate total project grant.
1. EPSRC SUE Project SECURE (SElf Conserving Urban Environments). 2011-2015. Total Grant £1, 483, 589
2. British Council UKIERI NAMPSER Project. 2013-2015. Total Grant Value £33,013 + INR 1,274,714.
3. EPSRC Global SECURE Project. 2012-2013. Total Grant Value £666,172.
4. Newcastle City Council Low Emission Zoen Feasibility Study. 2012-2013. Total Grant: £22,600.
5. EPSRC SUE Project 4M (Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management: An Evidence-Based Methodology for Understanding and Shrinking the Urban Carbon Footprint). 2008 to 2012. Total Grant: £3,146,658.
6. British Council PMI2 Project. 2008-2011. Total Grant: £19,929.
7. Newcastle City Council Air Quality for North East. Total Grant: £15,000.
8. EPSRC SUE Project ReVISIONS (Regional Visions of Integrated Sustainable Infrastructure Optimised for NeighbourhoodS). 2008 to 2012. Total Grant: £1,010,629.
9. EPSRC SUE Project. SOLUTIONS (Sustainability Of Land Use and Transport In Outer NeighbourhoodS). 2004-2008. Total Grant: £1,750,342.
10. Leicester City Council funded project MALL (Modelling Air Quality for Leicester Local Transport Plan). 2006-2007. Total Grant: £17,000.
11. University of Leeds, Estate Services. Estimation of Emission and Health Impacts of University of Leeds Travel Survey 2004. Total Grant: £7,860. 2004-2005.
12. High Peak and Dales Primary Care Trust. Matlock Health Impact Assessment. Total Grant: £8,000. 2002-2003.
13. Development of SMARTNET (System for Multi-criteria Assessment of Road Transport NETworks). ITS, University of Leeds internally funded project. 2001-2002.
14. EPSRC-DETR 'Future Integrated Transport' project. An assessment of the air quality and health implications of strategic transport initiatives. 2000-2001. Total Grant: £127,048.
15. EPSRC 'Sustainable Cities' project. Quantifiable City - Phase 2. 1998-2000. 1998-2000. Total Grant: £131,233.
16. EPSRC Project Pathways of particulate pollution in urban environment. 1996-1998. Total Grant: £141,670.
CEG1003 Human Systems Demand and Impact
CEG3004: Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project (Module Leader since 2014)
CEG3099: Stage 3 Individual Dissertation Projects
Leader of the following MSc modules:
Economic and Environmental Appraisal of Transport Activities (CEG8426)
Traffic and Environment Management for Sustainability (CEG8409)
Air Pollution (CEG8405)
Contribution to the following modules:
CEG8418 Transport Policy and Legislation
CPD CoursesTraffic Interventions for Environmental Management
I was nominated for the Teaching Excellence Award 2013 in the category 'Taught Supervisor of the Year'. Read the citation here.