Chair of Air Quality and Health
University of Surrey
Professor Prashant Kumar is Chair of Air Quality and Health and the founding Director of the GCARE (www.surrey.ac.uk/gcare) at the University of Surrey, UK. He has a Ph.D. (Engineering) from the University of Cambridge, and an MTech (Environmental Engineering & Management) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. His research builds an understanding of the formation and emission of particles, both from vehicle exhausts and non-vehicular sources. He investigates their contribution to pollution, especially in megacity contexts. He is developing approaches to low-cost sensing and contributing to the development of exposure control technology and guidelines for policymakers to curtail pollution exposure in cities, with associated health benefits. With over 130 articles in top-ranked journals (h-index, 32; i10 index, 72; citations, 3,200; as on 31/11/2017), his research has secured over £3.5million of individual funding for 27 research projects funded by the RCUK, industry and international funding bodies. He has developed a network of collaborators across four continents, serving on editorial boards of international journals and scientific evaluation panels of numerous funding agencies. He is advising national/international agencies on air pollution and urban nexus and his research have featured in well-read media outlets such as the BBC and The Times.