Senior staff

Professor Daniel Pope, Professor of Global Public Health

Dan Pope is a Professor of Global Public Health and currently leads the Energy, Air Pollution and Health Research Theme within the Department of Public Health and Policy Systems.  He has been working as an epidemiologist in the field of household air pollution (HAP), health and prevention for more than 15 years and currently directs the NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group. He has led implementation research in HAP prevention strategies in Guatemala, Nepal, Sudan, Kenya, Madagascar, Cameroon and Ghana and his work helped inform the WHO Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Guidelines for Household Fuel Combustion. The current focus of his research is to conduct policy relevant research to support implementation of WHO IAQ recommendations to rapidly scale adoption of clean household energy in low-and-middle income countries (LMIC) to address the global burden of disease from household air pollution. A key relevant area of interest is in LMIC health systems strengthening in HAP prevention and health promotion through health sector training of physicians and community health workforces.

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Dr Elisa Puzzolo, Senior Research Fellow in Global Public Health

Dr. Elisa Puzzolo is a public health expert specialising in household energy access for low and middle-income countries. She is a Senior Research Fellow at the University and Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Global LPG Partnership (an UN-backed public-private partnership with non-profit status). Since 2018 she co-directs the NIHR CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group and the Energy, Air Pollution and Health Theme together with Prof. Pope. She previously worked with the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, to support the programme on household energy, household air pollution, health and links with climate change. In 2014, Elisa and colleagues were winners of the David Sackett award for Evidence Based Medicine for their systematic review work on adoption of cleaner cooking fuels and technologies (2014). Elisa has been working at the interface between academia, government institutions, civil society organizations and private sector for several years, leading and advising on studies to generate evidence-based policy recommendations for the clean cooking sector on a global scale. 

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Academic research staff


Matthew Shupler

Dr. Matthew Shupler is a postdoctoral research associate and quantitative lead for NIHR-funded CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Unit. His role includes analysis of complex, multinational household surveys and overseeing collection of household air pollution (HAP) monitoring data and health measurements. As part of the CLEAN-Air(Africa) Global Health Research Group, Dr. Shupler delivered multiple in-person and virtual trainings to research partners across Kenya, Ghana and Cameroon on air pollution exposure assessment methods. Matt’s research from the CLEAN-Air(Africa) Group has been published in high-impact journals such as Nature Energy, Applied Energy, Sustainable & Renewable Energy Reviews and Environmental Research Letters. Matt has more than a decade of experience in air pollution research and has worked in over a dozen countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and South America. This includes research conducted during his PhD studies in Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and MPH in Biostatistics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Shupler has also worked as a Global Health Fellow at the Clean Cooking Alliance and has partnered with the World Health Organization on multiple occasions to improve HAP measurements and communicate the health effects of HAP exposure to global audiences.

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Dr Emily Nix

Dr Emily Nix is a mixed-methods researcher focused on the interactions between housing, health and sustainability in low and middle-income countries. Emily completed her PhD at University College London, where she assessed housing quality in Delhi, India and evaluated interventions to reduce household energy use and exposure to indoor pollution, heat and cold. Emily led a follow-on participatory project in an informal settlement in Delhi to co-create housing solutions for health and sustainability, securing additional funding to demonstrate and evaluate solutions. Emily recently led a review of healthy housing policies for WHO. Emily joined the University of Liverpool and CLEAN-Air (Africa) Group in May 2020, and she is leading analysis of complex multi-country datasets on household air pollution exposures and fuel use patterns and behaviours.

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Serena Saligari

Serena Saligari is a PhD Candidate in Social and Medical Anthropology at the Department of Public Health, Policy, and Systems, University of Liverpool. Her study focuses on energy poverty and lack of access to clean fuels in informal settlements of Kenya. Through an ethnographic enquiry, she aims to analyse the so-called Household Air Pollution (HAP) phenomenon in light of protracted conditions of poverty, socio-cultural dynamics, gender divisions of duties, and traditional belief systems which orient household energy behaviours. Particular attention is given to the medical implications of HAP on health and pollution and how these are perceived by local urban/peri-urban poor. 

Serena owns a MA in Anthropology and a BA in Intercultural Communication from the University of Milano – Bicocca. Her previous ethnographic research focused on Black refugees’ discrimination in Middle East, in particular in Jordan.

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