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Douglas Booker

Lancaster University

LEC Building



Tel: +44 7540 693581

Research overview

I am a part-time PhD researcher using a combination of natural and social science methods to measure air quality in and around schools. I am interested in opening the black box of air quality knowledge production to understand how air quality science understands, creates, and communicates knowledge. Ultimately, I advocate the need for a ‘critical’ air quality science.

I run NAQTS, a Lancaster Environment Centre collocated business that develops tools and technologies to provide independent, reliable, and holistic air quality information. Through my role as CEO of NAQTS, I am also an industry supervisor for multiple PhD projects.

I am the Regional Clean Air Champion for the West Midlands to the North West of England as part of the SPF Clean Air Programme. In this role I help to bring together research across atmospheric, medical, and social science to develop practical solutions for air quality issues. I help to ensure that these interdisciplinary communities are connected to the public and wider policy and business environments to maximise the impact of their research. As part of my Regional Clean Air Champion position I hold Visiting Academic status at the University of Southampton in the Faculty of Medicine.

Twitter: @DouglasBooker

Business and Enterprise

Co-Founder and CEO of NAQTS Ltd, a business colocated in the Lancaster University Environment Centre.

National Air Quality Testing Services's (NAQTS) mission is to provide independent, reliable and holistic air quality information, to inform choices and improve quality of life. We seek to improve awareness of indoor air quality through widespread public and commercial monitoring using our holistic air quality monitoring technology.

Incorporating the latest developments in compact sensor technologies, along with regulatory grade particulate matter, and other environmental measurements NAQTS’s air quality monitoring systems are portable and easy-to-use, providing high-volume, scientifically accurate indoor air quality measurements.

Current Teaching

I deliver the LEC 101 lecture on environmental justice and air quality.

This lecture examines who, in social and geographical terms, lives with the consequences of air pollution. Is bad air quality distributed equally according to differences in income, ethnicity, or age? Or does pollution follow some in society more than others?

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