Paul Whaley

PhD student

Research Overview

"Science is supposed to be cumulative, but scientists only rarely cumulate evidence scientifically" - Chalmers, Hedges & Cooper.

My research is aimed at facilitating the implementation of systematic review (SR) methods in chemical risk assessment, to ensure that decisions in chemicals policy make best use of the best evidence.

While SR methods have been transformative in medicine, they are still a new approach to syntheising research about risks to health posed by chemicals; we believe SR methods have the potential to initiate a step-change in evidence-based regulatory procedures for chemicals similar to the one seen in healthcare over the last 3 decades.

My work involves development and validation of SR methods for chemical risk research, and operationalisation of quality assurance techniques to ensure only high-quality systematic reviews get published.

Project website: policyfromscience.com

Raising the standard of published systematic reviews: a case study from chemical risk research
Invited talk

Facilitating the Conduct of Systematic Reviews: Opportunities for Utilisation of Artificial Intelligence Tools
Invited talk

US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (External organisation)
Membership of committee

European Chem Agcy ECHA, European Chemicals Agency (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Environment International (Journal)
Editorial activity

International Labour Organization (External organisation)
Membership of committee

EFSA/EBTC scientific colloquium on evidence integration in risk assessment
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Workshop on bisphenol A (BPA) hazard assessment protocol (Event)
Membership of committee

4th International Symposium on Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Laboratory Animal Studies
Participation in conference

Diagnosis, Monitoring and Prevention of exposure related non-communicable diseases (DiMoPEx)
Visiting an external academic institution

Second Meeting of the WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network (Event)
Membership of committee

European Food Safety Authority
Visiting an external academic institution

European Chem Agcy ECHA, European Chemicals Agency (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Implementing Systematic Review Methods in Chemical Risk Assessment
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

First International Conference of the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
Participation in conference

World health organisation (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Panel Debate: Innovation, Loss of Actives and the Precautionary Principle
Types of External academic engagement - Research and Teaching at External Organisation

Environment International (Journal)
Editorial activity

European Commission
Business Engagement

Evidence Based Toxicology Collaboration (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

European Conservatives and Reformists
Visiting an external academic institution

Environment International (Journal)
Editorial activity

Implementing systematic review techniques in chemical risk assessments
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Winner, Dean's Award for PhD Excellence
Prize (including medals and awards)

Winner, Impactful Researcher Award
Prize (including medals and awards)