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Professor Roy Harrison OBE


External Advisory Board Chair

External Advisory Board


Roy Harrison has held the position of Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham, UK since 1991, and has also been appointed Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. His research interests focus primarily on air pollutants in the urban environment, ranging from studies of emissions through atmospheric processes to personal exposure and effects on human health.  

Recent work has been focused primarily on airborne particulate matter, including studies of engine exhaust in both the laboratory and the atmosphere, urban air quality processes through both measurement and modelling, personal exposure studies and collaborative studies of particle toxicology, epidemiology and human challenge.  He has also been heavily engaged at the science/policy interface as a member of several government technical advisory groups for the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in the U.K. including until recently membership of Defra’s Science Advisory Council.

He was a contributor to the past World Health Organization Global Air Quality Guidelines and the Guidelines for Quality of Indoor Air.  In recognition of his government advisory work, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 New Year Honours List.  He is author of over 450 papers in the peer-reviewed literature, has an h-index of 65, and is listed by ISI as a Highly Cited Researcher.