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Daniel Drage

Lecturer in Environmental Health, University of Birmingham

Daniel finished his BSc in Environmental Science in 2009 at the University of Birmingham where he focused his final year on in-stream ecology and environmental chemistry. He remained at Birmingham to study for his PhD, which was awarded in 2013. He investigated the presence of brominated flame retardants and by-product emissions in the steel industry and their fate in the environment – which resulted in several publications in high impact scientific journal

Upon receiving his PhD he accepted a job as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Here he worked on several projects including the modelling of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and emerging contaminants in wastewater and landfills.

Since returning to the University of Birmingham, Daniel has worked on a range of projects funded by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland – including WAFER, SAFER and FUEL which have investigated brominated flame retardants (BFRs), organophosphorus flame retardants and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the waste industry, as well as ELEVATE which investigated human exposure to BFRs and PFAS in indoor environments.

Daniel is currently the Programme Lead for MSc Environmental Health and MSc Public and Environmental Health Sciences, both accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). He is involved in teaching on these programmes as well as the MSc Health, Safety and Environment Management; and BSc Environmental Science.

Daniel is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (MCIEH), holds a postgraduate certificate in higher education (PGCHE) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


  • 2016–present
    Honorary Research Fellow, University of Queensland
  • 2021–present
    Lecturer, University of Birmingham
  • 2016–2021
    Research fellow, University of Birmingham
  • 2013–2016
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Queensland


  • 2013 
    University of Birmingham, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health