Zena Lynch

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

Contact details

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

Zena Lynch is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham where she is lead for the MSc Environmental Health programmes.  Previously she worked as a Health Policy lead in the West Midlands and also as a lead practitioner for Environmental Health departments.  She investigates interactions between housing and health and the impact of poor and insecure housing on people’s lives.


BSc Environmental Health., MA Environmental Management. Fellow and Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority


Zena Lynch is course lead for the MSc Environmental Health and Public and Environmental Health Science programmes.  She also teaches and supports Occupational Health and Safety students, undergraduate Geography courses and students in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. She is teaching lead for the Environmental Pollution group.

Other activities

CIEH Housing Advisory Group (since 2016)

CIEH Learning Advisory Group (appointed July 2017)

CIEH Education and Teaching Special Interest Group (since 2012)

CIEH West Midlands group (since 2012)

Environmental Health Research Network (EHRNet) (since 2017)

Environmental Health across the world (since 2020)


Recent publications


Lynch, Z & Stewart, J 2018, Environmental Health and Housing: Issues for Public Health. Routledge.


Lee, J, Phillips, I & Lynch, Z 2022, 'Causes and prevention of mobile crane-related accidents in South Korea', International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 469-478. https://doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2020.1775384

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

Dyjack, DT, Choonara, A, Davis, G, Dawson, H, Hannelly, T, Lynch, Z, Mitchell, G, Rodrigues, MA, Shaw, L & Ross, KE 2021, 'The COVID-19 pandemic and environmental health: Lessons learned', Journal of Environmental Health, vol. 84, no. 5, pp. 20-25. <https://www.neha.org/Images/resources/JEH12.21-Intl-Persp-COVID-19-Pandemic-Environmental-Health.pdf>

Porusia, M, Poynter, A, Dhesi, S & Lynch, Z 2017, 'The Bait Preference of American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana): Field and Laboratory Strains', Advanced Science Letters, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 3558-3561. https://doi.org/10.1166/asl.2017.9170

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Lynch, Z & Dhesi, S 2017, George Cadbury and Corporate Social Responsibility. in J Stewart (ed.), Pioneers in Public Health. Routledge.

Lynch, Z & Dhesi, S 2017, George Cadbury and corporate social responsiblity. in Pioneers in Public Health Lessons from History. Routledge.


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

Stewart, J & Lynch, Z 2022, The Private Rented Sector and the Meaning of Home. in J Stewart (ed.), Regulating the Privately Rented Sector: Evidence into Practice. 1 edn, Routledge Focus on Environmental Health, Routledge. https://doi.org/10.1201/9781003246534

Lynch, Z & Dhesi, S 2017, George Cadbury and corporate social responsibility: Working conditions, housing, education and food policy. in Pioneers in Public Health: Lessons from History. Taylor and Francis, pp. 77-85. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315163543


Ross, KE, Choonara, A, Dyjack, DT, Davis, G, Dawson, H, Hannelly, T, Lynch, Z, Ploomipuu, I, Mitchell, G, Rodrigues, MA & Shaw, L 2023, 'Artificial Intelligence and Environmental Health Teaching: Impacts for the Wider Profession', Journal of Environmental Health, vol. 85, no. 9, pp. 38-41. <https://www.neha.org/Images/resources/JEH5.23-Column-EH-Across-the-Globe.pdf>

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

Lynch, Z 2018, Environmental Health Practitioners and the Private Rented Sector: 'House' or 'Home' in regulation and public health. in Housing Studies Association Annual Conference. Housing Studies Association Conference, 1/01/01. <https://housingevidence.ac.uk/housing-studies-association-conference-2018/>

Other contribution

Lynch, Z 2019, Bassett's Environmental Health Procedures: Part 5 - Housing and Health. Taylor & Francis, Oxon.

Other report

Lynch, Z, Dhesi, S & Walsh, U 2016, Regulation and Bureaucracy - a significant source of farmers stress. Northern Ireland Knowledge Exchange Series. <http://niassembly.gov.uk/globalassets/documents/raise/knowledge_exchange/briefing_papers/series6/walsh260417.pdf>

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