School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Lindsay Bramwell

Research Associate



Research Associate, Urban Observatory, Newcastle University  

Investigating environmental pathways of contamination and human exposure to legacy and emerging contaminants.

2018 to present - Air Quality Research Air quality monitoring, source apportionment and modelling for the EPSRC funded CORONA project using data from Newcastle's Urban Observatory. Installation of flux towers hosting sensors to monitor physical and chemical properties of atmosphere-related processes and spatial and temporal profiles of background pollution in the city.

2005 to 2018 P/t (60%) Contaminated Land Officer for Newcastle City Council also working on Newcastle Allotments Biomonitoring Study (NABS), and providing additional input for other larger projects such as historic tar works and sediment studies. Funders include DEFRA, FSA and LEP.

Member of multidiscipline team (including PHE, EA, NCC, NHS, NU, CEFAS, MMO, PoT, FSA, TRT) set up to manage Contaminated Land and Public Health incidents.

Lectures and project supervision for Public Health and Environmental MScs and Medical and Environmental undergraduates and assistance with delivery of MSc Contaminated Land module. Specialising in pollution, exposure and human health risk assessment.

Supervision of student work placements at NCC for Environmental MScs and undergraduates from Newcastle, Northumbria and Sunderland Universities.

2014 to present - Secretary for the RSC Toxicology Group

2008 to 2014 -  Environmental Co-ordinator for the IHS

2005 to present – Academic representative for the North East Contaminated Land Forum Steering Group 

2004 to 2009 - Secretary of the British Society of Soil Science - Northern Branch 

2003 – 2005, Environmental Consultant, Soil Environment Services, Newcastle Project development and management, staff supervision, database and website development, site work, customer liaison, site investigation and risk assessments for contaminated land and controlled waters, conceptual site models, sample collection, field laboratory work, data analysis, pollutant behaviour modelling, report writing, funding applications.

2003, MSc Environmental Biogeochemistry, Newcastle University

1991 - 2002, QC and methods development for various laboratories and various environmental projects overseas

1995 BSc Applied Chemistry, UCLAN



Research Areas:

City Observatory Research plarfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics (CORONA) 2018  to present, EPSRC funded investigation into air quality, air pollution source apportionment and modelling  using data from Newcastle's Urban Observatory. Development of Newcastle flux towers hosting sensors to monitor and investigate  physical and chemical properties of atmosphere-related processes and spatial and temporal profiles of background pollution in the city.

Newcastle Allotments Biomonitoring Study (NABS), 2014 to present, IfS, NISR and NCC funded investigation into the relationship between allotment soil lead concentrations and the blood lead concentration of gardeners.  Matched samples of home tap water and dust, and serum samples and exposure questionnaires from gardeners and their non gardening neighbours as well as matched allotment grown vegetables and soil samples collected to investigate pathways of exposure and determine health risk from use of allotments with raised soil lead concentrations.

Diet and indoor environments as predictors of human body burden of PBDEs, 2008 to present NERC funded Case PhD studentship with Fera as the Case partner.  One of few UK studies into human body burden of PBDEs and the first to use triad and quad samples of blood, breastmilk, duplicate diet and dust samples, along with diaries, surveys and questionnaires, to investigate the relationships between human exposure and uptake. Laboratory analysis undertaken using GC MS and LC MSMS facilities at Fera and Birmingham Universities.

Tyne Fish Project, 2008 to 2014 FSA funded project investigating persistent pollutants in fish in the tidal area of the Tyne River for the purpose of producing consumption guidelines for anglers. Steering group/ team members include FERA, MMO, local governments, EA, HPA, FSA, Newcastle University and theTyne Rivers Trust.

Allotments Project, 2005 to 2014 DEFRA funded project carried out for NCC. Work on detailed quantitave risk assessments for the allotment garden sites whilst considering the health benefits of allotment gardening, presentations at national and international exposure assessment conferences.  Work consists of funding applications, desk study research, development of conceptual site models, sampling plans, sample collection, analysis of results, development of site specific soil guideline values, human health risk assessment, report writing, dissemination, recommendations for remediation, tendering for contractors, supervision of remediation and validation. Research areas include bioaccessibility, vegetable uptake and development of soil guideline values for the protection of human health. Contamination issues have included lead pipes, mercury contamination, landfill, use of mixed incinerator ash, bonfire and coal fire ash. The study has looked at 42 allotment garden sites.

Lead works contamination investigation and remediation, 2007 to 2012 Funded by DEFRA and carried out by NCC/NU.  Site investigation looking at site use, vegetable uptake, bioaccessibility, recommendations for remediation and human health risk assessment. Site remediation took place in 2012.

Development of Background Concentrations of BaP and Lead for Newcastle Supervision of study collating soils contaminant concentrations held by NCC and NU and developing methods to create background concentrations  for use by NCC in assessing land contamination and development sites in the absence of CLEA SGV guideline values.

The Alkali industry on the Tyne, 2008  Supervision of desk study including GIS and searching local archives to determine potential contaminants, such as dioxins and furans, and whereabouts of Alkali manufacturers in Tyneside. The project had input from one undergraduate student, local Government Contaminated Land Officers and head of the Environment and Health Team at Newcastle University.

Review of Potential Public Health Effects of Intensive farming, YORIS/HPA (Member of UK review panel) To determine public health effects and develop IPPC guidance for bioaerosols, odour and noise related to intensive poultry and pig farming.

Biogeochemical assessment of manufactured topsoils from quarry fines and composts for quarry regeneration, Newcastle University /Minerals Industry Research Organisation (MIRO) 2003 MSc Thesis

Analytical laboratory methods development, validation, optimisation and troubleshooting. Sanofi Sythelabo, Newcastle 1998-2002 Member of Development Laboratory Team

Kinetics for the hydrolysis of Triphenylmethane Dyes, UCLAN, Preston,1995 BSc Dissertation 

Review of methods of analysis for Retinol and Ascorbic acid, UCLAN, Preston, 1993 HND Dissertation

COSSH Assessments for site procedures and materials, A.H.Marks & Co. Ltd, Bradford, 1992 HND Work placement


Teaching and Supervision 

Public Health Protection MSc  - Contaminated Land and Public Health, lecturer, 2007-present 

Public Health Protection MSc - Health Impact Assessments, 2008-10

Contaminated Land Module MSc - Module development and co-ordinator, lectures, field trip, assessment, student projects supervision, 2010 - present

Essential Junior Rotation, MD - Contaminated Land and Health Inequalities, lecture and field trip, 2008 - 2011

Additional supervision of student projects for students on a variety of undergraduate and MSc courses from Newcastle, Sunderland and Northumbria Universities 2007 - present