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Professor of Sustainable Development, Staffordshire University

Jon Fairburn's research covers a wide area, but includes air quality, environmental justice, energy, inclusive growth, sustainable tourism and geographic information systems.

Fairburn has carried out research for a wide range of organisations including the EU, the World Health Organisation, Environment Agency, Scottish Government, Medical Research Council and the M6 Toll Road.

His recent work includes:

WHO (2019) Environmental health Inequalities: Second Assessment Report - as well as writing some of the chapters, he was also asked to chair the meetings of experts.

Index of Multiple Deprivation 2019 - Fairburn created the air quality index within this output.

Fairburn, J.; Schüle, S.A.; Dreger, S.; Karla Hilz, L.; Bolte, G. Social Inequalities in Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution: A Systematic Review in the WHO European Region. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3127. Open access and available here:


  • –present
    Professor of Sustainable Development, Staffordshire University