Abel Weldetinsae Kidane (Ethiopian Public Health Institute)
Abel is a researcher of environmental health and toxicology at Ethiopian Public Health Institute. He is interested on the interaction of chemicals and microbes with human environment. He is engrossed in understanding the mechanisms of toxicant action at molecular and genetic level, while enunciating its significant contribution for disease prognosis.
Ajit Singh is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the group of Professor Francis Pope. Currently, he is working on WP2 and WP5 of the ASAP project. His PhD research included the investigation of the combined influence of aerosols and meteorology on visibility and tropospheric chemistry, supervised by Professor Pope.
Professor Alison Brown (Cardiff University)
Alison Brown is a Professor at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University. She is a chartered town planner with extensive professional experience across the global north and south, in both consultancy and academic research. Her areas of research expertise include international planning practice, urban informal economies, social inclusion, China-Africa trade, public space and the right to the city.
Andrea Mazzeo has Master degree in Chemical Sciences and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry for Air Quality. Currently working as Research Fellow of the Department of Civil Engineering of the Birmingham University has a previous experience as Post-Doc Researcher at the Centre for Climate and Resilience research at Santiago, Chile (CR2 - www.cr2.cl).
His main research topics focus on the analysis of Air Quality in urban and natural environments through field observations and simulations using numerical models.
Andrea Mazzeo performs field observations using optical and/or gravimetric methods aimed at determining the main meteorological variables and atmospheric concentrations of different contaminants, both gaseous pollutants and particulate matter. The sampled data are generally used as a validation basis for meteorological and chemical-transport simulations made by different models (WRF, CHIMERE, CAMx, CALPUFF) according to purpose and aimed at creating scenarios with reduced emissions useful for national authorities for the creation or the validation of local mitigation policies for atmospheric contamination in urban areas as well as in natural areas.
Dr Andrew Quinn (University of Birmingham)
Dr Andrew Quinn is a Senior Lecturer and previously RCUK Research Fellow in Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. His research focuses on the interactions between infrastructure, particularly transport systems, renewable energy and extreme weather events/climate change and how these impact on the resilience of communities and services.
Dr. Bernhards Ragama Ogutu is a paediatrician by training and serves as Clinical Pharmacologist and Chief Research Officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). He also serves as Senior Clinical Trialist with the INDEPTH-Network. He is Scientific Team Leader of the Centre for Research in Therapeutic Sciences (CREATES), a consortium of the KEMRI Centre for Clinical Research, Strathmore University, the African Centre for Clinical Trials, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa, which is located at Strathmore University.
Dr Bikila Teklu Wodajo (Addis Ababa Institute of Technology)
Dr Bikila Wodajo is an associate Professor at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, specialising in civil and environmental engineering. His areas of expertise cover transport planning and engineering. Transport safety and environmental impacts, pavement materials, analysis and design as well as highway engineering.
Dr Eloïse Marais (University of Birmingham)
Eloïse uses complex models and large datasets to understand atmospheric composition and address issues of pressing societal need. Specific tools used in her research include the global 3D GEOS-Chem chemical transport model, and satellite, surface, and aircraft observations.
Prof. Francis Pope (University of Birmingham) Principle Investigator
Francis is an air pollution expert who has conducted air pollution field campaigns both in the UK and East Africa. He is the principle investigator of the ASAP East Africa Project and lead of WP2. He is a chemist by trade with wide ranging interests in the atmospheric sciences.
Dr George Ruchathi Mwaniki (African Centre for Technology Studies)
Dr. Ruchathi Mwaniki is a Senior Research Fellow under the Climate Resilient Economies. Dr. Mwaniki’s experience covers environment management, specializing in various areas including Air quality, green economies, environmental policy, sustainable development, alternative energy research among others.
Hakeem is an Environmental Human Geographer with interest in Environment-Development and Governance crossroads. He has been involved in research, teaching and administration over last ten years. Hakeem is assisting Prof. John Bryson and Dr. Lauren Andres on WP1 and 3 of the project. His recently concluded PhD explored the historical antecedents of development and environmental planning in Nigeria. This involved researching how the past lessons affected changes in the roles and relations of state and non-state actors for a place-based industry like the Nigerian cement industry since the introduction of neoliberal policies to the sector 17 years ago.
Professor John Bryson (University of Birmingham)
Prof. Bryson’s research is motivated by a desire to understand and explain the complex ways in which production is organized through space and in place and via a variety of forms of enterprise. He focuses on understanding the economic geographies of knowledge, specifically the production and consumption of expertise, exploring the ways in which individuals and enterprises shape and are shaped by their involvement in economic activity and historical and methodological perspectives on enterprise, entrepreneurship and business services.
Dr Lauren Anders (University of Birmingham)
Lauren is an urban planner with substantive academic expertise in the field of urban and economic geography. Her fields of interest include the policies and governance process of urban and economic regeneration and broadly ‘temporary urbanism’, i.e. the understanding of the role of temporary uses and intermediaries in shaping spaces and making places. In addition, she is also interesting in assessing the forms of persistent resilience of groups of individuals and communities in a context of disturbances and pressures, looking at their coping tactics and the role of informal networks in their everyday life and practices.
Dr Mahabubul Bari (Addis Ababa Institute of Technology)
Dr Bari works as the Team Leader of the Technical Cooperation Program of EU for Road sector in Ethiopia. He has 30 years of experience in providing technical support in institutional capacity building in road transport sector; transport infrastructure planning, design and development management. He also has 7 years of experience as the Lead International Expert in leading technical assistance in capacity building initiatives in four separate long term TA assignments in Transport/Road sector in Africa.
Dr Mark Henry Rubarenzya (Uganda National Roads Authority)
Dr. Mark Henry Rubarenzya is the Head of Research and Development at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) where he is leading the transportation community in Uganda to realize resilient transport infrastructure and services through research, development and innovation. He is an interdisciplinary professional with a background in water resources, and has a strong understanding of the related technical, socioeconomic, policy, and environmental issues in Africa, Australia, and Europe. His expertise has been employed in the fields of transport infrastructure, water resources, and climate change.
Dr. Rubrenzya is the Vice Chairman of the Africa Community Access Partnership (AFCAP).
Dr Michael Burrow (University of Birmingham)
Dr Michael Burrow is a senior lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering. He leads the University of Birmingham’s world renowned team of road specialists which developed a suite of cutting edge road asset management decision support tools, the products of which are used world-wide. He is also a Deputy Director of Education in the School of Engineering (Civil Engineering).
Professor Gatari’s research and teaching cover particle detection, instrumentation and nuclear electronics; applications of nuclear science techniques; and medical physics and instrumentation. His is also interested in physical and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosols in the perspective of human health and climate change; and renewable energy.
Professor Neil Thomas (University of Birmingham)
Professor Thomas is the Regional Director, NIHR Research Design Service West Midlands and Professor of Epidemiology and Research Methods in the Institute of Applied Health Research of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, The University of Birmingham. He is the Institute’s Director of Research Knowledge and Transfer. Professor Thomas has an international portfolio of research in Europe and Asia investigating in the fields of cardiovascular disease epidemiology, prevention and control with a particular focus on air pollution and lifestyle exposures.
Rhiannon has a master’s in Meteorology and Climatology from the University of Birmingham, and currently works as the Network Associate on the ASAP East Africa Project, under Dr Francis Pope. She is an environmental scientist with interests in health inequalities associated with air pollution.
Dr William Avis (University of Birmingham)
illiam joined GSDRC at the University of Birmingham in June 2015 from the Overseas Development Institute. He spent four years with ODI in various research roles, most recently with the growth, poverty and inequality team. William’s research interests include identity and conflict, globalisation and political voice. His PhD examined constructions of Assamese identity in post-independence India (University of Sheffield).
Winnie Khaemba (African Centre for Technology Studies)
Ms. Winnie Khaemba is a Research Fellow, Climate Resilient Economies/Gender Youth and Inclusive Development. Winnie is an environmental enthusiast. Her areas of interest include: sustainable development, climate change, natural resource management and environmental law and policy.