Honorary Senior Research Associate
Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
Faculty of the Built Environment
Dr Clive Shrubsole is an Environmental Public Health Scientist within the Air Pollution Group, Environmental Change Department at Public Health England (PHE). Clive has a first class BSc (Hons) Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Greenwich, a PhD in Building Physics and Indoor Air Quality from University College London and an HNC in Building and Civil Engineering from MidKent College.
His research interests include air pollution related effects on health and exposure assessment to air pollution, based on both modelling and monitoring of outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution, energy efficiency, ventilation strategies and climate change impacts. He has over 40 years’ expertise covering the built environment and construction processes developed through his wide ranging industrial experience along with research on a variety of disparate projects at UCL based both in the UK and overseas. These have include being PI on a year-long project investigating low-level carbon monoxide exposure in the English housing stock.
He was responsible for conceiving, creating and delivering the Indoor Air Quality module on the UCL MSc: Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings, contributing to other course and supervising MSc and PhD students. He remains passionate regarding the effective dissemination and transfer of knowledge via a variety of media, is a member of Science with No Borders, blogger and has an active Twitter account @09Clive with over 12,000 followers.
His current duties at PHE include advising Government Departments (e.g. Defra, MHCLG) and other organisations on the effects of indoor air pollution on health. He also provides expert advice to other Groups within PHE as well as contributing to the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Carbon Monoxide and its subgroups and supporting the Cross Government Group on Gas Safety and Carbon Monoxide Awareness. He is a long term committee member of the UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) - a multidisciplinary network of academics, policy-makers and industry - set up to co-ordinate and to provide a focus for UK activity concerned with indoor environments, health and well-being.
Clive has been involved in air pollution research since his BSc at the University of Greenwich, with initial research focusing on monitoring the movement of particulate matter (PM) in a valley situation and the impacts of weather and traffic related impacts on pollutant concentrations. Given that people in the UK spent most of their time in the indoor environment, at UCL his work moved to population level modelling of indoor pollution from both outdoor and indoor sources, focusing on PM2.5, but including other airborne pollutants.
He has either participated or been a principal investigator in numerous research projects, utilizing a multi-method approach, including modelling, monitoring, questionnaires and interviews, participatory system dynamics and systems thinking. Projects have been both UK and overseas based and included partners and stakeholders from a variety of countries worldwide including those from Europe, Asia, Africa the Americas and Australia.
Clive is author, co-author and editor of 1 book, 5 published reports, and more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals and has contributed to 26 conference papers. He is the recipient of two international awards for his work. He has organised and facilitated numerous workshops and technical seminars for a range of stakeholders and is Assistant Editor of Indoor and Built Environment, a peer-reviewed research journal, a position he has held since 2012.