Professor Jimi Irwin


AQMRC Visiting Professor

Jimi Irwin was formerly Head of Risk and Forecasting for the Environment Agency where his remit covered the application of risk principles across the range of Agency activities including flood risk management and environmental protection. Jimi graduated from Queen’s University Belfast where he also completed his PhD researching the properties of organometallic iridium compounds.

Before moving to the Environment Agency, Jimi worked in the Air Pollution Division at Warren Spring Laboratory (now part of AEA Technology). There, he established the national acid rain research programme, producing the first maps of wet deposition over the United Kingdom. He chaired the Review Group on Acid rain for the Department of the Environment whose reports informed the UK negotiating position on the EU acidification strategy and UN Economic Commission for Europe’s air pollution protocols. He also undertook a wide range of other air quality research for the UK government and the European Commission, contributed to Government reviews on the impacts of acidification and provided evidence to the House of Commons Environment Committee.

The author of over 100 scientific papers and reports on air quality and risk analysis, his current research interests include developing a more risk-based approach to air quality management, investigating social inequality in exposure to pollution and the impacts of air pollution on our cultural heritage. Recently, he acted as an external examiner at the Universities of Manchester and Middlesex. He is a member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences and a Fellow of the Institution, where he takes particular interest in publications including its journal 'Environmental Scientist'.

Jimi, a self-confessed long-suffering Aston Villa supporter, has worked with Professor Jim Longhurst and colleagues in the AQMRC for a number of years and has supervised a number of PhD students.

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