Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Dr. Heather Price

Research interests:

My research is highly interdisciplinary, linking aspects of geography, social science and biology and is focused on the links between people and the environment in which they live. My PhD, undertaken at Cardiff University, investigated the temporal change in air pollutants at an urban site in Swansea, UK. The PhD was a joint project between environmental science and biochemistry, and involved collecting particulate matter (PM), establishing its physical and chemical properties, and then testing the bioreactivity of different size fractions in vitro.

Following my PhD I moved to the University of Hertfordshire (2011 – 2014) to undertake a post-doctoral position working on an EU FP7 project called TRANSPHORM ( The project focused on the contribution of traffic to PM concentrations across Europe, and the links with public health. In January 2014 I moved to the University of Southampton (School of Geography and Environment) to work on Groundwater 2030 (, a project investigating long term change in pollution in shallow hand dug wells in Kisumu, Kenya. I then moved to the School of Social Sciences (also at the University of Southampton), where I analysed household survey data as part of the Energy for Development project ( This project investigated the impacts of off-grid solar electricity on the wellbeing of the local population.

Current research interests include:

Air quality

Water quality

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) access

Water-energy-food nexus

Sustainable livelihoods

Career history:

Present: Lecturer in Environmental Geography, University of Stirling

PhD – “Investigations into airborne particulate matter in south Wales” – Cardiff University – 2011

Active research projects:

Not available

Recent publications:

Okotto-Okotto J, Okotto L, Price H, Pedley S & Wright J (2015) A longitudinal study of long-term change in contamination hazards and shallow well quality in two neighbourhoods of Kisumu, Kenya, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12 (4), pp. 4275-4291.

Okotto L, Okotto-Okotto J, Price H, Pedley S & Wright J (2015) Socio-economic aspects of domestic groundwater consumption, vending and use in Kisumu, Kenya, Applied Geography, 58, pp. 189-197.

Price H, Arthur R, BeruBe K & Jones T (2014) Linking particle number concentration (PNC), meteorology and traffic variables in a UK street canyon, Atmospheric Research, 147-148, pp. 133-144.

Price H, Jones T & BeruBe K (2014) Resolution of the mediators of in vitro oxidative reactivity in size-segregated fractions that may be masked in the urban PM10 cocktail, Science of the Total Environment, 485-486, pp. 588-595.

Hoogendoorn B, BeruBe K, Gregory C, Jones T, Sexton K, Brennan P, Brewis I, Murison A, Arthur R, Price H, Morgan H & Matthews I (2012) Gene and protein responses of human lung tissue explants exposed to ambient particulate matter of different sizes, Inhalation Toxicology, 24 (14), pp. 966-975.

© 2023 | Proudly crafted by Academic Digital