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


Bousiotis, D, Beddows, DCS, Singh, A, Haugen, M, Diez, S, Edwards, PM, Boies, A, Harrison, RM & Pope, FD 2022, 'A study on the performance of low-cost sensors for source apportionment at an urban background site', Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, vol. 15, no. 13, pp. 4047-4061.

Hodgson, JR, Chapman, L & Pope, FD 2022, 'Amateur runners more influenced than elite runners by temperature and air pollution during the UK's Great North Run half marathon', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 842, 156825.

Whitty, RCW, Pfeffer, MA, Ilyinskaya, E, Roberts, TJ, Schmidt, A, Barsotti, S, Strauch, W, Crilley, LR, Pope, FD, Bellanger, H, Mendoza, E, Mather, TA, Liu, EJ, Peters, N, Taylor, IA, Francis, H, Leiva, XH, Lynch, D, Norbert, S & Baxter, P 2022, 'Assessing the effectiveness of low-cost air quality monitors for identifying volcanic SO2 and PM downwind from Masaya volcano, Nicaragua', Volcanica, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 33-59.

Global - CLEAR 2022, 'Association of household cooking location behaviour with acute respiratory infections among children aged under five years; a cross sectional analysis of 30 Sub-Saharan African demographic and health surveys', Atmospheric Environment.

Luiu, C, Wandera, A, Radcliffe, J, Pope, F, Bukachi, V & Mulligan, J 2022, 'COVID-19 impacts on mobility in Kenyan informal settlements: a case study from Kibera, Nairobi', Transport Findings.

Dickinson-Craig, E, Bartington, SE, Watts, R, Mandakhbayar, O, Khurelbaatar, E-O, Ochir, C, Boldbaatar, D, Warburton, D, Thomas, GN, Pope, FD, Sereeter, L, Maniseki-Holland, S & Badarch, J 2022, 'Carbon monoxide levels in households using coal-briquette fuelled stoves exceed WHO air quality guidelines in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia', International Journal of Environmental Health Research, pp. 1-12.

Woolley, KE, Bartington, SE, Pope, FD, Greenfield, SM, Tusting, LS, Price, MJ & Thomas, GN 2022, 'Cooking outdoors or with cleaner fuels does not increase malarial risk in children under 5 years: a cross-sectional study of 17 sub-Saharan African countries', Malaria Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, 133.

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.

Haugen, MJ, Singh, A, Bousiotis, D, Pope, FD & Boies, AM 2022, 'Differentiating semi-volatile and solid particle events using low-cost lung-deposited surface area and black carbon sensors', Atmosphere, vol. 13, no. 5, 747.

Woolley, KE, Bartington, SE, Pope, FD, Greenfield, SM, Jowett, S, Muhizi, A, Mugabe, C, Ahishakiye, O, Thomas, GN & Kabera, T 2022, 'Domestic fuel affordability and accessibility in urban Rwanda; policy lessons in a time of crisis?', Energy for Sustainable Development, vol. 71, pp. 368-377.

Mazzeo, A, Burrow, M, Quinn, A, Marais, EA, Singh, A, Ng'ang'a, D, Gatari, M & Pope, F 2022, 'Evaluation of WRF and CHIMERE models for the simulation of PM2.5 in large East African urban conurbations', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 22, pp. 10677–10701.

Cowell, N, Chapman, L, Bloss, W & Pope, F 2022, 'Field Calibration and Evaluation of an Internet-of-Things-Based Particulate Matter Sensor', Frontiers in Environmental Science, vol. 9, 798485.

Singh, A, Bartington, SE, Song, C, Ghaffarpasand, O, Kraftl, M, Shi, Z, Pope, FD, Stacey, B, Hall, J, Thomas, GN, Bloss, WJ & Leach, FCP 2022, 'Impacts of emergency health protection measures upon air quality, traffic and public health: evidence from Oxford, UK', Environmental Pollution, vol. 293, 118584.


Bousiotis, D, Beddows, D, Singh, A, Haugen, M, Diez, S, Edwards, P, Boies, A, Harrison, RM & Pope, F 2022 'A study on the performance of low-cost sensors for source apportionment at an urban background site' European Geosciences Union.

Review article

Woolley, KE, Dickinson-Craig, E, Lawson, HL, Sheikh, J, Day, R, Pope, FD, Greenfield, SM, Bartington, SE, Warburton, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Price, MJ, Moore, DJ & Thomas, GN 2022, 'Effectiveness of interventions to reduce household air pollution from solid biomass fuels and improve maternal and child health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Indoor Air, vol. 32, no. 1, e12958.

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