Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi PhD, FCIEH CEnvH, SFHEA

Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health and Risk Management

Contact details

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

Dr Surindar Dhesi is an environmental health lecturer and active chartered practitioner involved in several multi-disciplinary and multi-method projects on the conditions experienced by migrants, refugees and internally displaced people in France, Indonesia, Gaza, Rwanda and Nigeria. 

The overarching aim of her work is to help protect the most vulnerable members of society by understanding, documenting, and seeking solutions to environmental health inequalities.


  • PhD  ‘Exploring how Health and Wellbeing Boards are tackling health inequalities, with a focus on Environmental Health’- University of Manchester
  • MSc Public Health- Oxford Brooked University
  • NEBOSH Diploma
  • BSc Environmental Health- Kings College, University of London


Dr Dhesi is Director of the IOSH-accredited MSc Health, Safety and Environment Management. 

She also leads modules on the CIEH-accredited MSc in Environmental Health and

MSc in Public and Environmental Health Science

Other activities

  • Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • A founder member of the UK Environmental Health Research Network (EHRNet)
  • Graduate member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Listed on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)


Recent publications


Day, C, Couch, R & Dhesi, S 2021, COVID-19: The Global Environmental Health Experience. 1st edn, Routledge, London. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003157229


AbuQamar, M, Eltayyan, D, Kuznetsova, I, Dhesi, S, Catling, J, Al-Dadah, R, Mahmoud, SM & Abuhaiba, M 2023, 'The impact of access to electricity on mental health in conflict-affected territories: An exploratory study in Gaza', International Journal of Social Psychiatry, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1177/00207640231194479

Yasmin, T, Dhesi, S, Kuznetsova, I, Cooper, R, Krause, S & Lynch, I 2022, 'A system approach to water, sanitation, and hygiene resilience and sustainability in refugee communities', International Journal of Water Resources Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/07900627.2022.2131362

Lee, J, Dhesi, S, Phillips, I, Jeong , M, Kwon , K, Jung , D & Lee , C 2022, 'Equal opportunities for foreign seafarers to ensure sustainable development in the Korean merchant shipping industry', Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, vol. 10, no. 6, 830. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse10060830

Adejoh, S, Kuznetsova, I & Dhesi, S 2022, 'Internally displaced people in Lagos: environmental health conditions and access to healthcare in the context of COVID-19', Critical Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2022.2096427

Ferranti, E, Wong, JHY & Dhesi, S 2021, 'A comparison of government communication of climate change in Hong Kong and United Kingdom', Weather, Climate, and Society, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 287–302. https://doi.org/10.1175/WCAS-D-20-0123.1

Rodrigues, MA, Silva, MV, Errett, NA, Davis, G, Lynch, Z, Dhesi, S, Hannelly, T, Mitchell, G, Dyjack, D & Ross, KE 2021, 'How can Environmental Health Practitioners contribute to ensure population safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic?', Safety Science, vol. 136, 105136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2020.105136

Lee, J, Dhesi, S, Phillips, I, Jeong , M & Lee , C 2021, 'Korean maritime cadets’ onboard training environment survey', Sustainability, vol. 13, no. 8, 4161. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084161

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Zanna, JMW, Adejoh, S & Dhesi, S 2023, Internal Displacement in Nigeria: Evidence from Lagos and Abuja. in L Lessard-Phillips, A Papoutsi, N Sigona & P Ziss (eds), Migration, displacement and diversity: The IRiS anthology. Oxford Publishing Services, Oxford, pp. 192-192.

Dhesi, S, Davies, T & Isakjee, A 2020, Informal Migrant Camps. in Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Edward Elgar.


Couch, R, Dhesi, S, Stewart, J, Page, A & Lynch, Z 2022, Research and evidence for environmental health policy and practice. in S Battersby (ed.), Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health. 22nd edn, Routledge, pp. 116-146. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003035640-4


Lynch, Z, Page, RK, Dhesi, S, Bevington, H & Stewart, J 2023, 'Studentification: shining a light on students’ experiences of living among the private rented sector: impacts on wellbeing and study', Perspectives in Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1177/17579139231180808

Conference contribution

Effiong, C, Kanu, E, Dhesi, S, Kuznetsova, I, Mahmoud, SM, Al-Dadah, R & Aziz, AN 2024, Air Pollution and Solid Waste: Promoting Green and Resilient Recovery in Nigeria. in AL Pisello, I Pigliautile, SSY Lau & NM Clark (eds), Building Resilient and Healthy Cities: A Guide to Environmental Sustainability and Well-being. 1 edn, vol. 1, Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation, Springer, Switzerland , pp. 31-43, 1st International Conference on Health and Environmental Resilience and Liveability in Cities, 20/01/22. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-33863-2_4

Aziz, AN, Mahmoud, SM, Al-Dadah, R, Dhesi, S, Kuznetsova, I, Effiong, C & Kanu, E 2021, Conversion of mixed waste of wood and plastic to clean fuels using pyrolysis in Nigeria -numerical study. in Conference Proceedings Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Mechanical, Chemical, and Material Engineering (MCM’21)., HTFF 135, Proceedings of the World Congress on Mechanical, Chemical, and Material Engineering, Avestia Publishing, 7th World Congress on Mechanical, Chemical, and Material Engineering (MCM'21), 2/08/21. https://doi.org/10.11159/htff21.135

Porusia, M, Ratni, RAP & Dhesi, S 2020, Toxicity of Commercially Available Bar Soap on American Cockroaches (Periplaneta americana). in Proceedings of the International Conference and the 10th Congress of the Entomological Society of Indonesia . Atlantis Press. https://doi.org/10.2991/absr.k.200513.028

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