We combine modern science and law to make the environment safe from toxic chemicals and to defend people's rights to a healthful environment.



The need for chemical pollution intervention has never been greater. Globally, pollution kills three times as many people as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. This burden disproportionally affects low and middle-income countries, where pollution can account for one in four deaths.

This global burden is of such magnitude and interdisciplinary complexity that few institutions could attempt to confront the issue in its entirety. Yet the University of Birmingham’s breath of expertise across many disciplines offers an opportunity to propose and implement modern solutions in collaboration with leaders within government, non-government organisations.

CERJ brings the right people together.

Professor John Colbourne
Founding Director of CERJ

Professor John Colbourne