We are pleased and excited to announce that Professor Prashant Kumar has joined the Advisory Board of Sparrow. His contribution to Sparrow in terms of technical knowledge and professional network will be great assets for Sparrow.
With his decades of experience in air pollution, aerosol studies, and climate change, we aim to reach new heights and achieve more than we anticipated.
Professor Kumar is an Associate Dean (International) for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (since 1 February 2021), Full Professor and Chair in Air Quality & Health, Founding Director of the Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE; www.surrey.ac.uk/gcare) at the University of Surrey (UK). He is the founder of successfully running Guildford Living Lab (follow on Twitter) , an Adjunct Professor at the Trinity College Dublin in Ireland since March 2018, and a Guest Professor at the Southeast University China since June 2021.
Earlier, he served as a Lecturer (2009-2012), Senior Lecturer (2012-2015) and Reader (2015-2017) at the University of Surrey. A Civil Engineer by training at Diploma and BEng level, he obtained his PhD (Engineering) from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2009 after winning a Cambridge-Nehru Scholarship and Overseas Research Scholarship award, and earned his Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering & Management from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, with CGPA 9.8/10 and rank 1.
His ground-breaking research, both fundamental and application-oriented, works to build an understanding of the formation and emission of particles, both from vehicle exhausts and also from construction and demolition. He investigates their contribution to pollution, especially in megacity contexts, and is developing approaches to low-cost sensing as well as contributing to guidelines for policymakers to curtail pollution exposure at hotspots, with associated health benefits.
A prolific author with over 260 articles in top-ranked journals (>11,200 citations; h-index = 55; i10index = 177), his research has secured over £8.5 million of individual research funding from projects total worth over £30Million, funded by the RCUK, EC, industry, charities & international funding bodies. He has developed a network of collaborators across four continents and working closely with numerous industrial partners.
He is Editor-in-Chief of air quality section of ‘Atmosphere’ journal (since July 2020) and founding Speciality Chief Editor of the ‘Climate Change & Cities’ section of Frontiers in the Environmental Science journal.
He serves editorial board of numerous nature, Elsevier, Willey and Royal Society journals, advises local/international bodies on air pollution, and review proposals for many funding agencies worldwide. His research has featured in well-read media outlets such as the BBC and The Times.
Further information on his research activities can be seen at https://www.surrey.ac.uk/people/prashant-kumar or www.surrey.ac.uk/gcare.