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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.

Publications

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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12940-017-0252-2
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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2017.04.008
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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.11.035
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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.6b02089
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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.04.059
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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.11.002

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Professional activities

British Journal of Environment and Climate Change (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2012
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (External organisation)
Member
2012
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (External organisation)
Member
2012
National Health Service in Scotland (External organisation)
Member
2012
External examiner: External examiner for PhD projects in the Universites of Birmingham, Manchester, & Ulster, and MPhil project at University of Abertay.
External Examiner
2009
Department of Health (External organisation)
Member
2006

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Projects

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)
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.
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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James Weir Building

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