Dr Iain Beverland

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Research Interests:

My research aims are based on the use of previous experience in environmental health, environmental science and environmental monitoring technologies in studies on environmental influences on health.  Current interests include: environmental epidemiology; exposure assessment/characterisation; risk-based assessment of environmental influences on health; and the interface between environmental health and environmental engineering.

Recent research has been focused on the provision of more accurate and extensive exposure estimates in environmental epidemiology studies of the health effects of air pollution in urban areas.  Specific research projects include the estimation of concentrations of traffic-related air pollutants; and epidemiological analyses of the contrasting effects of short, intermediate and long-term exposure to air pollutants on the population of Scotland.

Funding has been obtained for research on air pollution and human health from NERC, Department of Health, MRC, the Colt Foundation and the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland.  Through these and other research grants a network of active collaboration has been established with the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Educational Aims & Objectives:

I am involved in the original design, development and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate classes, with particular attention to the following generic areas:

  • Risk-based approach to environmental influences on health
  • Application of population-based epidemiological study to assess risks from environmental influences on health
  • Environmental pollution exposure assessment

My design philosophy has been based on a refocusing of contemporary environmental health and environmental engineering education on public health science, environmental epidemiology and environmental pollution exposure assessment.


A chronology of ratios between black smoke and PM10 and PM2.5 in the context of comparison of air pollution epidemiology concentration-response functions
Heal Mathew R., Beverland Iain J.
Environmental Health Vol 16, pp. 1-8, (2017)
Influence of wind-speed on short duration NO2 measurements using Palmes and Ogawa passive diffusion samplers
Masey Nicola, Gillespie Jonathan, Heal Mathew R., Hamilton Scott, Beverland Iain J.
Atmospheric Environment Vol 160, pp. 70-76, (2017)
Estimation of spatial patterns of urban air pollution over a 4-week period from repeated 5-minute measurements
Gillespie Jonathan, Masey Nicola, Heal Mathew R., Hamilton Scott, Beverland Iain J.
Atmospheric Environment Vol 150, pp. 295-302, (2017)
Development, evaluation, and comparison of land use regression modelling methods to estimate residential exposure to nitrogen dioxide in a cohort study
Gillespie Jonathan, Beverland Iain, Hamilton Scott, Padmanabhan Sandosh
Environmental Science and Technology, (2016)
Identifying drivers for the intra-urban spatial variability of airborne particulate matter components and their interrelationships
Wu Hao, Reis Stefan, Lin Chun, Beverland Iain J., Heal Mathew R.
Atmospheric Environment Vol 112, pp. 306-316, (2015)
Evaluation and calibration of Aeroqual series 500 portable gas sensors for accurate measurement of ambient ozone and nitrogen dioxide
Lin C., Gillespie J., Schuder M. D., Duberstein W., Beverland I. J., Heal M. R.
Atmospheric Environment Vol 100, pp. 111-116, (2015)

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Professional activities

British Journal of Environment and Climate Change (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Dataset Papers in Geosciences (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (External organisation)
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (External organisation)
National Health Service in Scotland (External organisation)
Invited participation in ongoing development of 2 national/international research consortia through NERC Environment & Health programme 2010

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EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-111
Beattie, Tara (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
Field Evaluation & Optimal Deployment Of Portable Air Pollution Measurement Systems For Assessment Of Human Exposure / S120785-2
Beverland, Iain (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Neil (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2017
Field Evaluation & Optimal Deployment Of Portable Air Pollution Measurement Systems For Assessment Of Human Exposure | Masey, Nicola
Beverland, Iain (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Neil (Co-investigator) Masey, Nicola (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Apr-2017
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Gillespie, Jonathan
Beverland, Iain (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Neil (Co-investigator) Gillespie, Jonathan (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 01-Apr-2016
A new integrated decision-making tool for urban health and policy evaluation: 'QCumber-envHealth' (v1)
Beverland, Iain (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2017
Active traffic management using low cost air quality sensor-based systems
Ferguson, Neil (Academic) Beverland, Iain (Academic)
Period 01-Jan-2014 - 31-Dec-2016

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
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