UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) in Environmental Change and Health

Photo of flooding in Venice

30 November 2016

Key facts

Funding Body/Client:  NIHR 
Project Partners: LSHTM, Met Office and University of Exeter 
Total Project Value: £3.55 Million 
UCL/IEDE Project Value Share: £260,000
Duration: 2014-2019

The new National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Environmental Change and Health is led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in partnership with Public Health England (PHE). It is an interdisciplinary research collaboration involving the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter, the Complex Built Environment Systems Group at University College London (UCL) and the Met Office. The HPRU will identify the emerging health effects of large scale changes to our environment that are already happening. The research will focus on three main themes;

climate resilience, focusing on preventing adverse health effects of extreme weather events such as heat waves, cold, and floods, and from climate change
healthy sustainable cities, focusing on how the built environment affects our health, and the health benefits of housing and urban planning
health and the natural environment, focussing on the health effects of green spaces, airborne exposures, such as pollen, and the ecology of infectious diseases.  
PI:  Sari Kovats 

Co-Is (Theme Leaders): Lora Fleming, Shakoor Hajat and Sotiris Vardoulakis

Co-IS (UCL): Michael Davies, Ian Hamilton and Anna Mavrogianni

Rs: Clive Shrubsole and Jonathon Taylor


For further information please contact: Michael Davies