African Centre for Clean Air

Prof. Sean Semple

University of Stirling

Sean is the author of over 150 research publications cited over 4000 times, and editor of text-book ‘Monitoring Health Hazards at Work’ (translated in to Chinese, 2012). He is/has recently been chief investigator or co-investigator on research projects from the MRC, European Commission (H2020), National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and the Chief Scientist’s Office (Scotland). Sean’s recent research program has had a significant impact on public health policy to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke in Scotland. He was chief Investigator of the BHETSE study which was seminal in examining how Scotland’s smoke-free law impacted on air quality and workers’ health. This work was adapted for use in England and Wales, used as an international example of how to examine the effects of legislation designed to improve public health, and is now cited in MRC guidance for the evaluation of natural experiments. He serves on the Scottish Government’s Research and Evaluation Working Group on Tobacco Control and worked closely with policy makers on a Parliamentary Member’s bill to prohibit smoking in cars carrying children. Research from his team was influential on the recent Scottish Government media campaign to reduce the number of children exposed to second-hand smoke at home by 50% by 2020.

Sean is also interested in the measurement of Household Air Pollution and he has been involved in a wide range of international collaborations with academics, policy makers, public and third-sector organizations including: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University Putra Malaysia, Makerere University Uganda, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Imperial College London. He is involved in the PATS MECOR program and helps deliver the air quality monitoring course. Sean is also a founding member of INSPIRE: Health Advocates for Clean Air.