First graduating from the University of Stirling with a BSc in Environmental Geography and subsequently an MSc in Environmental Management, I am now an interdisciplinary PhD student based within Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling. My current research aims to develop sustainable behaviour change interventions to reduce fine particulate matter exposure of people who suffer from asthma. This research spans several disciplines including environmental geography/science, public health, social science and psychology.
Air pollution is a major public health risk, and in the UK alone is responsible for an estimated 40,000 premature deaths every year. This burden is not equally spread across the population, with people with pre-existing health conditions- such as asthma- being particularly vulnerable. This PhD will assess the efficacy of researcher-participant co-designed behaviour change interventions to reduce people with asthmas exposure to PM2.5. I’m particularly interested in exploring novel methods to engage people with air quality information.