Professor Duncan Laxen
Duncan Laxen is a Professor of Air Quality Management and Assessment and is currently Managing Director of Air Quality Consultants Ltd.
Duncan's area of expertise is in the assessment of ambient air quality. This includes modelling, monitoring and assessment of a wide range of pollutants and sources, including roads, shipping, railways, aircraft and industry. He has been closely involved in the development of air quality management in the UK.
Duncan has both a Degree and a Masters in Environmental Sciences and obtained a PhD in Air Pollution Chemistry, all from Lancaster University. He undertook three Postdoctoral Fellowships at Lancaster and Edinburgh Universities before starting work with the Greater London Council air quality section in 1983. In 1993, he set up ‘Air Quality Consultants Ltd’. During the 1980s he became the Environmental Advisor to the Edinburgh Lead Study – a Medical Research Council project to look at the effects of lead on children’s development.
Duncan has been a member of various Government air quality advisory groups, as well as European Commission air quality committees. He has published over 70 scientific papers and has presented papers to numerous conferences.
Duncan has been a supervisor to several UWE PhD students and jointly fulfilled the Review and Assessment contract for Defra and the Devolved Administrations with AQMRC. He is a member of the UWE team that is supporting the European Commission in its review of the EU air quality strategy. His company has taken on graduates from the UWE MSc course in Environmental Consultancy, and the undergraduate courses in Environmental Health and Environmental Sciences.
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