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.


Consistency of urban background black carbon concentration measurements by portable AE51 and reference AE22 aethalometers : effect of corrections for filter loading
Masey Nicola, Ezani Eliani, Gillespie Jonathan, Sutherland Fiona, Lin Chun, Hamilton Scott, Heal Mathew R, Beverland Iain J
Aerosol and Air Quality Research Vol 20, pp. 329-340 (2020)
Temporal changes in field calibration relationships for Aeroqual S500 O3 and NO2 sensor-based monitors
Masey Nicola, Gillespie Jonathan, Ezani Eliani, Lin Chun, Wu Hao, Ferguson Neil S, Hamilton Scott, Heal Mathew R, Beverland Iain J
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical Vol 273, pp. 1800-1806 (2018)
Development and evaluation of the RapidAir® dispersion model, including the use of geospatial surrogates to represent street canyon effects
Masey Nicola, Hamilton Scott, Beverland Iain J
Environmental Modelling and Software Vol 108, pp. 253-263 (2018)
Measurement of diesel combustion-related air pollution downwind of an experimental unconventional natural gas operations site
Ezani Eliani, Masey Nicola, Gillespie Jonathan, Beattie Tara K, Shipton Zoe K, Beverland Iain J
Atmospheric Environment Vol 189, pp. 30-40 (2018)
Practical field calibration of portable monitors for mobile measurements of multiple air pollutants
Lin Chun, Masey Nicola, Wu Hao, Jackson Mark, Carruthers David J, Reis Stefan, Doherty Ruth M, Beverland Iain J, Heal Mathew R
Atmosphere Vol 8 (2017)
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)

More publications

Professional activities

British Journal of Environment and Climate Change (Journal)
Peer reviewer
National Health Service in Scotland (External organisation)
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (External organisation)
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (External organisation)
External examiner: External examiner for PhD projects in the Universites of Birmingham, Manchester, & Ulster, and MPhil project at University of Abertay.
External Examiner
Department of Health (External organisation)

More professional activities


Development of Framework for Sustainable Decommissioning by Utilising the expertise gained in Ship Recycling
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Lord, Richard (Co-investigator) Phoenix, Vernon (Co-investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Hope, Caitlin
Beverland, Iain (Principal Investigator) Beattie, Tara (Co-investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) Hope, Caitlin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
SFC GCRF Pump Priming - Cleaner Air for Kolkata
Bellingham, Richard (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator) Ferguson, Neil (Co-investigator) Kelly, Nicolas (Co-investigator) Macdonald, Malcolm (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Mabonga, Fiona
Beverland, Iain (Principal Investigator) Beattie, Tara (Co-investigator) Mabonga, Fiona (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2020
EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-111
Beattie, Tara (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
A new integrated decision-making tool for urban health and policy evaluation: 'QCumber-envHealth' (v1)
Beverland, Iain (Principal Investigator)
Decision-making and planning in rapidly growing urban centres require integrated assessment tools to determine impacts on environmental exposure, health and inequalities. However, there is a lack of integrated tools with which to determine current and future health risks and to evaluate policy options. Furthermore, despite the increasing availability of data, key datasets for such tools often have limited spatial detail since environmental monitoring is limited to a few urban sites and health microdata has restricted access, and methods for linking exposure to health have not been exploited. In the context of Glasgow with its wealth of data, this project builds on the successful QCumber system with state-of-the-art research and end-user participation, to create a unique data platform: QCumber-envHealth for health policy and inequality related decision-making. Innovations include: incorporating new health related behaviour data; integration of crowd sourcing and monitoring, creation of accessible synthetic health data and its integration; end-user led health risk modelling and policy scenarios.
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2017

More projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

Location Map

View University of Strathclyde in a larger map