Meet The Team
ASAP brings together leading UK and East African researchers in air pollution, urban planning, economic geography, public health, social sciences and development studies to provide a framework for improved air quality management in East African cities. This timely and responsive programme of activity will enhance local decision-making abilities to improve urban air quality, reduce the effects of air pollution upon human health, and allow for sustainable development to proceed without further deterioration in air quality. Central to the project’s aims are strengthening research capabilities and technological expertise in East Africa, with local stakeholders and experts involved in the conception, implementation, and uptake of the programme and its outcomes.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.