Air Pollution, Noise & Health



The air quality, noise & health theme brings together staff from the Environmental Research Group (KCL)Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (ICL)St George's Institute of Population Health. Research involves investigating air quality & noise associated health effects at local, national & international scales.

Theme Leader: Professor Frank Kelly (KCL)



Key Projects 

  • The Environmental Research Group (ERG), led by Professor Frank Kelly: tackles pollution science, toxicology and epidemiology to determine the impacts of air pollution on health and the causal factors eg. London Air Quality Network  
  • Health Impacts of Air Pollution in London: quantifying the health burden of PM2.5 and NO2 in London.
  • airAlert: quantify the health impacts of air pollution early warning systems.
  • Air Quality & Climate Change: assessing the impact of different choices or scenarios for achieving the 2050 target of a reduction of 'carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents' of 80% compared with a 1990 base and their respective impacts on air quality & public health. 
  • The TRAFFIC in London study in final stages: small increased risks of all-cause & cardiovascular mortality in association with road traffic noise in the 8.6m population of London.
  • The EU FP7 EXPOsOMICS study: aims to develop a new approach to assess environmental exposures, primarily focusing on air pollution (including land use regression models (LUR) and dispersion models) and water contaminants: exposure to disinfection by-products (DBPs) eg. chloramines in swimming pools.
  • AIRLESS project: effects of air pollution on cardiopulmonary disease in urban & peri-urban residents in Beijing – study investigating the links between poor air quality & cardiopulmonary health outcomes in Beijing. NERC-MRC Newton project, in collaboration with Professor Tong Zhu, Peking University.
  • ESCAPE: investigated long-term effects on human health of exposure to air pollution in Europe. MRC-PHE Centre collaborative role in study with specific epidemiologic cohort studies eg. EPIC multinational led by Prof. P. Vineis