UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Charles Simpson

Dr Charles Simpson

Research Fellow in Spatial Analysis linking Environment & Health

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
7th Jun 2021

Research summary

My current research focuses on overheating in cities. Specifically, I am interested in linking spatial aspects of urban microclimate, socioeconomic factors, and health outcomes.

In previous work, I have focussed on climate projections relating to occupational heat exposure, especially how this relates to seasonal forms of labour.

Teaching summary

I helped develop the online statistics materials for BENV0032: Methods of Environmental Analysis, and developed teaching material for statistics in python for MSc Light and Lighting.


I completed my DPhil in particle physics at Oxford in 2019, but spent most of 2017-2018 attached to Kamioka Observatory in Japan.

I decided to look for research work in a more applied area, and took a position as a data scientist at the British Antarctic Survey AI Lab.

There, I developed skills working with global climate model output, and an interest in human heat stress.