Katherine Woolley is a Postgraduate Researcher, with the Global Challenges Scholarship, in the Institute of Applied Research, researching effective health interventions for indoor air pollution in urban Rwanda. She has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geoscience from Cardiff University (2017). In addition, she recently completed a Masters of Public Health, also from Cardiff University (2019).
Katherine’s research interest revolves around how the environment in which we live affects our health and what effective interventions can be used to reduce the burden on NCDs on our society. She is particularly interested in working within the developing world where health impacts from environmental pollutants have an inequitable effect across a society, where healthcare is costly and difficult to access.
Katherine was drawn to undertaking a PhD in indoor air pollution due to the requirement for clean air as a basic human right, combined with the lack of attention given to indoor air pollution within the developing world. She recognises the need for interventions where there are limited resources or alternatives of cooking fuel available and where the prevalent economic situation requires an affordable solution to prevent NCDs due to indoor air pollution.