Professor Francis Pope PhD, MChem, MA(Cantab)

Francis Pope

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Atmospheric Science

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Francis is an environmental scientist with wide ranging interests in the atmospheric sciences, human health and sustainable cities. He trained as a physical chemist and he uses this fundamental knowledge to develop novel instrumentation and probe systems of interest. 

Francis has active research projects in the broad areas of air pollution, climate change, fundamental aerosol chemistry and microphysics, and city resilience. He leads the ‘A Systems Approach to Air Pollution (ASAP) East Africa’ which is taking a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling air pollution in the study cities of Nairobi, Kampala, and Addis Ababa.  


2010 – MA (Cantab) – University of Cambridge

2005 – Ph.D. – University of Bristol

2001 – MChem (international) – University of Leeds

Postgraduate supervision

Francis Pope is a chemist with wide ranging interests in the atmospheric sciences. He applies a fundamental physicochemical approach to investigate atmospheric species and develops novel instrumentation to probe their processes. In particular he is interested in the assessment of geoengineering schemes, primary biological aerosols and their role in atmosphere-biosphere interactions, and multi-parameter processing and aging of aerosols. Dr Pope is interested in supervising doctoral researchers in the following areas:

Assessment of geoengineering options
Aerosol interactions between the atmosphere and biosphere
Instrumentation and laboratory investigation of atmospheric chemistry

Other activities

Convener of the ‘Aerosol chemistry and microphysics’ session at the European Geophysical Union (EGU) conference.

Associate editor of the Copernicus journal Atmospheric Measurement Techniques.

Example Media Work

Member of the following societies:

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), European Geophysical Union (EGU), and UK Aerosol Society

Reviewer for the following journals:

Nature Communications, Physics Review Letters, Environmental Science & Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Faraday Discussions, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Physical Chemistry Letters, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Journal of Chemical Physics, and Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A.


Recent publications


Manshur, T, Luiu, C, Avis, WR, Bukachi, V, Gatari, M, Mulligan, J, Ng'an'ga, D, Radcliffe, J, Singh, A, Waiguru, E, Wandera, A & Pope, FD 2023, 'A citizen science approach for air quality monitoring in a Kenyan informal development', City and Environment Interactions, vol. 19, 100105.

Mills, SA, Bousiotis, D, Maya-Manzano, JM, Tummon, F, MacKenzie, AR & Pope, FD 2023, 'Constructing a pollen proxy from low-cost Optical Particle Counter (OPC) data processed with Neural Networks and Random Forests', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 871, 161969.

Ghaffarpasand, O, Ropkins, K, Beddows, DCS & Pope, FD 2023, 'Detecting high emitting vehicle subsets using emission remote sensing systems', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 858, no. Pt 2, 159814.

Dickinson-Craig, E, Badarch, J, Bartington, S, Hemming, K, Thayakaran, R, Day, R, Pope, F, Chuluunbaatar, B, Boldbaatar, D, Ochir, C, Warburton, D, Thomas, GN & Manaseki-Holland, S 2023, 'Impact assessment of a raw coal ban on maternal and child health outcomes in Ulaanbaatar: a protocol for an interrupted time series study', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 4, e061723.

Damayanti, S, Harrison, R, Pope, F & Beddows, D 2023, 'Limited impact of diesel particle filters on road traffic emissions of ultrafine particles', Environment International, vol. 174, 107888.

Mills, SA, Maya-Manzano, JM, Tummon, F, MacKenzie, AR & Pope, FD 2023, 'Machine learning methods for low-cost pollen monitoring - Model optimisation and interpretability', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 903, 165853.

Bousiotis, D, Alconcel, LS, Beddows, D, Harrison, R & Pope, F 2023, 'Monitoring and Apportioning Sources of Indoor Air Quality Using Low-Cost Particulate Matter Sensors', Environment International, vol. 174, 107907.

Ghaffarpasand, O & Pope, FD 2023, 'Telematics data for geospatial and temporal mapping of urban mobility: Fuel consumption, and air pollutant and climate-forcing emissions of passenger cars', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 894, 164940.

Bush, T, Bartington, S, Pope, FD, Singh, A, Thomas, GN, Stacey, B, Economides, G, Anderson, R, Cole, S, Abreu, P & Leach, FCP 2023, 'The impact of COVID-19 public health restrictions on particulate matter pollution measured by a validated low-cost sensor network in Oxford, UK', Building and Environment, vol. 237, 110330.

Maya-Manzano, JM, Tummon, F, Abt, R, Allan, N, Bunderson, L, Clot, B, Crouzy, B, Daunys, G, Erb, S, Gonzalez-Alonso, M, Graf, E, Grewling, Ł, Haus, J, Kadantsev, E, Kawashima, S, Martinez-Bracero, M, Matavulj, P, Mills, S, Niederberger, E, Lieberherr, G, Lucas, RW, O'Connor, DJ, Oteros, J, Palamarchuk, J, Pope, FD, Rojo, J, Šaulienė, I, Schäfer, S, Schmidt-Weber, CB, Schnitzler, M, Šikoparija, B, Skjøth, CA, Sofiev, M, Stemmler, T, Triviño, M, Zeder, Y & Buters, J 2023, 'Towards European automatic bioaerosol monitoring: comparison of 9 automatic pollen observational instruments with classic Hirst-type traps', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 866, 161220.

Bousiotis, D, Allison, G, Beddows, DCS, Harrison, RM & Pope, FD 2023, 'Towards comprehensive air quality management using low-cost sensors for pollution source apportionment', npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, vol. 6, no. 1, 122.

Ghaffarpasand, O, Almojarkesh, A, Morris, S, Stephens, E, Chalabi, A, Almojarkesh, U, Almojarkesh, Z, Pope, FD & Doulamis, A (ed.) 2023, 'Traffic Noise Assessment Using Intelligent Acoustic Sensors (Traffic Ear) and Vehicle Telematics Data', Sensors, vol. 23, no. 15, 6964.

Conference contribution

Mills, S, MacKenzie, R & Pope, F 2023, Constructing a pollen proxy from low-cost Optical Particle Counter (OPC) data processed with Neural Networks and Random Forests. in EGU General Assembly 2023., EGU23-433, European Geosciences Union, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24/04/23.

Bousiotis, D, Alconcel, L-N, Harrison, RM, Beddows, DCS & Pope, F 2023, Monitoring and apportioning sources of outdoor and indoor air quality using low-cost particulate matter sensors. in EGU General Assembly 2023., EGU23-1011, European Geosciences Union, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24/04/23.

Review article

Akasha, H, Ghaffarpasand, O & Pope, FD 2023, 'Climate Change, Air Pollution and the Associated Burden of Disease in the Arabian Peninsula and Neighbouring Regions: A Critical Review of the Literature', Sustainability, vol. 15, no. 4, 3766.

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