Douglas Booker

PhD student

Research Overview

I am a part-time PhD researcher using a combination of natural and social science methods to measure air quality in and around schools. I am interested in opening the black box of air quality knowledge production to understand how air quality science understands, creates, and communicates knowledge. Ultimately, I advocate the need for a ‘critical’ air quality science.

I run NAQTS, a Lancaster Environment Centre collocated business that develops tools and technologies to provide independent, reliable, and holistic air quality information. Through my role as CEO of NAQTS, I am also an industry supervisor for multiple PhD projects.

I am the Regional Clean Air Champion for the West Midlands to the North West of England as part of the SPF Clean Air Programme. In this role I help to bring together research across atmospheric, medical, and social science to develop practical solutions for air quality issues. I help to ensure that these interdisciplinary communities are connected to the public and wider policy and business environments to maximise the impact of their research. As part of my Regional Clean Air Champion position I hold Visiting Academic status at the University of Southampton in the Faculty of Medicine.

Twitter: @DouglasBooker

  • Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution
  • Critical Geographies