Dr Heather Price

Senior Lecturer

Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Heather Price

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About me

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography aiming to find new and creative ways to reduce environmental pollution and improve public health globally.


• Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Environmental Geography (2015 onwards; University of Stirling)

• Postdoc on the EPSRC project Energy for Development (2014 – 2015; Southampton University)

• Postdoc on the NERC/DFID (UPGro) project Groundwater 2030 (2014; Southampton University)

• Postdoc on the EU FP7 project TRANSPHORM (Traffic-related air pollution and health) (2011 – 2014; University of Hertfordshire)

• PhD in Air Pollution and Health (2007 – 2011; Cardiff University)

• BSc. (hons; 1st class) Environmental Geoscience (2004-2007; Cardiff University)

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

BES Postgraduate Tutor Committee

BES Research Committee
Committee member

ESRC Scottish Graduate School of Social Science
Pathway Representative for Human Geography, Environment and Urban Planning

NERC Iapetus Doctoral Training Programme
Deputy Director for Stirling

Other Academic Activities

Editorial Board
Springer Nature Applied Sciences

Professional Career

Public Engagement Working Group
Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 (CAFS 2) air quality strategy

UKRI Regional Clean Air Champion for Scotland
Supporting the UKRI £42.5 million Clean Air Programme by acting as a central point for air quality research in Scotland and increasing collaboration and impact across and beyond the programme.

Professional membership

Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Professional qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research (5)

The ultimate aim of my research is to find new and creative ways to reduce environmental pollution and improve public health globally.

I am an interdisciplinary researcher, combining a background in environmental science with more recent research experience in geography, social science and arts & humanities. I lead and contribute to inter- and trans-disciplinary projects which place people at their heart, using a variety of methods and approaches to engage people in the research process including co-creation, citizen science, participatory and creative methods. My current research projects are based in the UK and Africa.

Current postgraduate researchers (primary supervisor):

Amy McCarron - Air pollution and public health: exploring sustainable behavioural changes to reduce exposures in Scotland (NERC)

Sydney Byrns – Co-developing strategies to promote inclusive water governance in Malawi (Scottish Government)

Heather Anderson - Reconciling scientific and non-scientific safe water realities: case studies from the global North and global South (ESRC)


Sustainable Plastic Attitudes to benefit Communities and their EnvironmentS
PI: Professor Richard Quilliam
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Non-communicable lung disease in Kenya: from burden and early life determinants to participatory inter-disciplinary solutions (Tupumue)
PI: Dr Heather Price
Funded by: Medical Research Council

From fuel to pot: an interdisciplinary partnership to address the role of solid fuel use in food preparation in the household in Kenya and Malawi.
PI: Dr Isabelle Uny
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

The AIR Network - Action for Interdisciplinary air pollution research
PI: Dr Heather Price
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

The temporal dynamics of water access and quality in the slums of Blantyre, Malawi
PI: Dr Heather Price
Funded by: Royal Geographical Society

Outputs (28)


Conference Paper (unpublished)

Uny I, Chasima T, Kambalame L, Caes L, Meme H, Kalumbi L, Price H, Chamba M, Lucas S & Semple S (2023) OP13 Undertaking photovoice in informal settlements in Kenya and Malawi: methodological learning from a qualitative study exploring solid fuel use, cooking and air pollution. Society for Social Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting Abstracts, Newcastle University, 06.09.2023-08.09.2023. https://jech.bmj.com/content/77/Suppl_1/A7.1; https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2023-ssmabstracts.13


Meme H, Amukoye E, Bowyer C, Chakaya J, Das D, Dobson R, Dragosits U, Fuld J, Gray C, Hahn M, Kiplimo R, Lesosky M, Loh MM, Price H & Semple S (2023) Asthma symptoms, spirometry and air pollution exposure in schoolchildren in an informal settlement and an affluent area of Nairobi, Kenya. Thorax. https://doi.org/10.1136/thorax-2023-220057


West S, Bowyer C, Apondo W, Bueker P, Cinderby S, Gray C, Hahn M, Lambe F, Loh M, Medcalf A, Muhoza C, Muindi K, Njoora T, Twigg M & Price H (2021) Using a co-created transdisciplinary approach to explore the complexity of air pollution in informal settlements. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 8, Art. No.: 285. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-021-00969-6

Book Chapter

Adams EA, Price H & Stoler J (2019) Urban slums, drinking water and health: Trends and lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa. In: Vojnovic I, Pearson AL, Asiki G, DeVerteuil G & Allen A (eds.) Handbook of Global Urban Health. The Metropolis and Modern Life. London: Routledge, pp. 533 - 552. https://www.routledge.com/Handbook-of-Global-Urban-Health/Vojnovic-Pearson-Gershim-Allen-DeVerteuil/p/book/9781138206250



I currently lead/teach on the following modules:

• ENMPG04 Environmental Policy (module coordinator)

• GEOU9EH Environmental Hazards (module coordinator)

• ENVU5EP Environmental Policy and Management

• GEOU2GE Global Environmental Issues

• GEOU6GI Sustainable Development

• GEOU9PR Environmental Geography BSc dissertation supervision

• ENMPG18 Environmental Management MSc dissertation supervision

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)