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BSc Physics (Newcastle) 1989;

PhD (UMIST) 1993;

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Hugh is Professor of Atmospheric Composition at The University of Manchester, Director of the Manchester Environmental Research Institute and visiting Professor at Fudan University.  His research interests focus on quantifying processes responsible for air pollution and effects on regional climate.  He has led and participated in numerous large international field studies to study amongst others biomass burning, trans-boundary air pollution, dust in the atmosphere, and the impacts of pollution on the clean background atmosphere.  He has led a number of studies to investigate pollution in the UK, China and India and was the PI of a major international collaboration between India and the UK to characterise air pollution across the Indo-Gangetic Plain using international research aircraft.  He has led and participated in a number of major UK air quality programmes and currently leads the UKRI CleanAir project OSCA. He has published over 300 peer review papers and has a h index of 69.  In 2014 and 2018 he was named as one of the 100 Most Highly Cited Researchers in Geosciences.  He is the 2022 recipient of the European Geophysical Union Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal.

KEY WORDS: atmospheric composition and processes, properties and processes of atmospheric aerosols, atmospheric measurements, atmospheric meansurements from aircraft platforms

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Energy
  • Energy
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute
  • Creative Manchester
  • Healthier Futures


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