Dr James Levine MSci MA PhD

Dr James Levine

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Research Fellow

Contact details

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

Dr James Levine’s focus is on air quality, spanning the conventional boundary between natural and built environments. His background is predominantly in atmospheric science, developing numerical models of atmospheric chemistry and transport for innovative applications. However, drawing on experience of architectural practice (qualified to RIBA Part I), James increasingly couples software innovation with knowledge-exchange activities with urban practitioners: i.e., co-design with target end users.

James led the development of the open-source Green Infrastructure for Roadside Air Quality (GI4RAQ) Platform: the first software enabling non-specialists to estimate quantitatively the site-dependent impacts of vegetation barriers on roadside exposure to vehicular pollution via changes in pollutant dispersion. He is now leading the development of a flexible multi-box model to simulate indoor air quality throughout buildings of any user-specified size and complexity – just one component of an Indoor Air Quality Emissions and Modelling System, led by Dr Christian Pfrang.

Meanwhile, James is Innovation Network Manager for the TRANSITION Clean Air Network: a UK-wide network funded under UKRI’s SPF Clean Air Programme to optimise the air quality and health benefits of transport decarbonisation. The network spans nine Universities, UKHSA and over 20 cross-sector partners, including: national and regional transport providers; developers of new vehicle technologies; advocates for public transport and active travel; and national, regional and local government representatives.

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  • BA (Hons) Architecture, University of Lincoln, 2016
  • PhD Atmospheric Science, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • MA University of Cambridge, 2004
  • MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 2002


Recent publications


Molden, N, Hemming, C, Leach, F, Levine, JG, Ropkins, K & Bloss, W 2023, 'Exposures to Particles and Volatile Organic Compounds across Multiple Transportation Modes', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 15, no. 5, 4005. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15054005

Tivey, J, Davies, HC, Levine, J, Zietsman, J, Bartington, S, Ibarra-Espinosa, S & Ropkins, K 2023, 'Meta-Analysis as Early Evidence on the Particulate Emissions Impact of EURO VI on Battery Electric Bus Fleet Transitions', Sustainability, vol. 15, no. 2, 1522. https://doi.org/10.3390/su15021522

Penn, AS, Bartington, S, Moller, S, Hamilton, I, Levine, J, Hatcher, K & Gilbert, N 2022, 'Adopting a whole systems approach to transport decarbonisation, air quality and health: an online participatory systems mapping case study in the UK', Atmosphere, vol. 13, no. 3, 492. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13030492

Fawole, OG, Cai, X, Levine, JG, Pinker, RT & Mackenzie, AR 2016, 'Detection of a gas flaring signature in the AERONET optical properties of aerosols at a tropical station in West Africa', Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, vol. 121, no. 24, pp. 14,513 - 14,524. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016JD025584

Levine, JG, MacKenzie, AR, Squire, OJ, Archibald, AT, Griffiths, PT, Abraham, NL, Pyle, JA, Oram, DE, Forster, G, Brito, JF, Lee, JD, Hopkins, JR, Lewis, AC, Bauguitte, SJB, Demarco, CF, Artaxo, P, Messina, P, Lathière, J, Hauglustaine, DA, House, E, Hewitt, CN & Nemitz, E 2015, 'Isoprene chemistry in pristine and polluted Amazon environments: Eulerian and Lagrangian model frameworks and the strong bearing they have on our understanding of surface ozone and predictions of rainforest exposure to this priority pollutant', Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, vol. 15, no. 17, pp. 24251-24310. https://doi.org/10.5194/acpd-15-24251-2015

Levine, JG, Yang, X, Jones, AE & Wolff, EW 2014, 'Sea salt as an ice core proxy for past sea ice extent : a process-based model study', Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 119, no. 9, pp. 5737-5756. https://doi.org/10.1002/2013JD020925

Foley, AM, Dalmonech, D, Friend, AD, Aires, F, Archibald, AT, Bartlein, P, Bopp, L, Chappellaz, J, Cox, P, Edwards, NR, Feulner, G, Friedlingstein, P, Harrison, SP, Hopcroft, PO, Jones, CD, Kolassa, J, Levine, JG, Prentice, IC, Pyle, J, Riveiros, NV, Wolff, EW & Zaehle, S 2013, 'Evaluation of biospheric components in Earth system models using modern and palaeo-observations: the state-of-the-art', Biogeosciences, vol. 10, no. 12, pp. 8305-8328. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-10-8305-2013

Levine, JG, Wolff, EW, Hopcroft, PO & Valdes, PJ 2012, 'Controls on the tropospheric oxidizing capacity during an idealized Dansgaard-Oeschger event, and their implications for the rapid rises in atmospheric methane during the last glacial period', Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 39, no. 12. https://doi.org/10.1029/2012GL051866

Conference contribution

Fawole, O, Levine, J, Cai, X & Mackenzie, A 2015, Light absorption, Optical and Microphysical properties of trajectory-clustered aerosols at two AERONET sites in West Africa. in The 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. agu, San Francisco, United States, 14/12/15.

Working paper

Levine, J, Brown, Y & MacKenzie, R 2021 'Green Infrastructure for Roadside Air Quality (GI4RAQ) guidance & decision tree: an evidence-based approach to reducing roadside exposure to road transport pollution' University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00003398

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