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Research Fellow in Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

I am a Marie Currie Global research fellow working with the University of Birmingham (UK) and the University of Canterbury (NZ). My research has focused on environmental pollution and pollution transport in urban and remote locations, specifically man-made pollutants, and how they influence environmental health, ecosystem function, sustainable and circular economy actions. My current research focus is on microplastic pollution and its cyclic transport; in the air, water and soil/sediment.

I am a member of the GESAMP (UN Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection) working group and am involved in a range of microplastic projects around the world. I am the Co-Founder of Plastic Pollution News with my husband, Dr. Steve Allen.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, University of Birmingham