The Environmental Health Research Team (EHRT) is an interdisciplinary research team based in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Our work is dedicated to understanding links between the built environment and human health through interdisciplinary and policy relevant research. Recent research has focused on studying transportation-related and biomass air pollution, understanding the global health impacts of air pollution and the relationships between multiple exposures mediated by urban form. Through this work, we hope to support policy makers in making informed decisions in today’s health policies at the local, provincial, and international levels.

Featured Publication

Exposure assessment for the estimation of the global burden of disease attributable to outdoor air pollution

Brauer M, Amman M, Burnett R, Cohen A, Dentener F, Ezzati M, Henderson S, Krzyzanowski M, Martin R, Pandey KD, van Dingenen R, van Donkelaar A, Thurston G on behalf of the Outdoor Air Pollution Expert Working Group of the Global Burden of Disease Project. Environ Sci Technol 2012;46(2):652–660.

Named as Environmental Science and Technology’s Science Paper of the Year for 2012, this paper describes high-resolution spatial estimates of global exposure to fine particle air pollution and ozone. By providing truly global coverage at high spatial resolution, these exposure estimates and their use in the landmark Global Burden of Disease 2010 to estimate the disease burden attributable to air pollution, transformed the appreciation for the global health impacts of air pollution exposure, and provides important context of the importance of air pollution as a health risk in comparison to other modifiable risk factors.

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Recent Publications

Reversal of trends in global fine particulate matter air pollution. Li C, van Donkelaar A, Hammer MS, McDuffie EE, Burnett RT, Spadaro JV et al. Nat Commun 2023;14:5349. Read more

“In small places, close to home”: Urban environmental impacts on child rights across four global cities. Gemmell E, Adjei-Boadi D, Sarkar A, Shoari N, White K, Zdero S et al. Health Place 2023;83:103081. Read more

Household air pollution adult lung function change and respiratory disease across 11 low- and middle-income countries. Wang Y, Duong M, Brauer M, Rangarajan S, Dans A, Lanas F et al. Environ Health Perspect 2023;131(4). Read more

A global spatial-temporal land use regression model for nitrogen dioxide air pollution. Larkin A, Anenberg S, Goldberg DL, Mohegh A, Brauer M. Hystad P. Front Environ Sci 2023;11. Read more

Burden of disease attributable to unsafe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in domestic settings: a global analysis for selected adverse health outcomes. Wolf J, Johnston R, Ambelu A, Arnold B, Bain R, Brauer M et al. Lancet 2023;401:2060-2071. Read more