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Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown

Professor Douglas Crawford-Brown

Director, 4CMR

Leads the research into human health risk, policy evaluation and climate change adaptation

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 760550


Douglas Crawford-Brown is Director of 4CMR, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Cambridge Field Site in International Energy Policy and Climate Change Risk. His research, teaching and engagement is primarily in environmental risk assessment, sustainable design, environmental policy analysis and philosophy of science in policy.

Subject groups/Research projects

Integrated Climate Impacts Assessment:

Human health risk assessment

Vulnerability and Adaptation:

Risk-based assessment of climate change adaptation policies

Research Supervision


Marco Jano-Ito (Land Economy)
Anna Keyes (Land Economy)
Rosalyn Old (Land Economy)
Pablo Salas (Land Economy)
Jose Vallejo Bermeo (Land Economy)
Philip Chen (Land Economy) 

Key Publications

Recent (of 165+)

A. deNazelle, B. Morton, M. Jerrett and D, Crawford-Brown, “Short Trips: An Opportunity for Reducing Mobile-Source Emissions?”, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 15, 451-457, 2010.

R. Raucher, S. Rubin, D. Crawford-Brown and M. Lawson, “Benefit-Cost Analysis for Drinking Water Standards: Efficiency, Equity, and Affordability Considerations in Small Communities”, Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, 1, 1-22, 2011.

Y. Li and D. Crawford-Brown, “Assessing the Co-Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Health Benefits of Particulate Matter Related Inspection and Maintenance Programs in Bangkok, Thailand”, Science of the Total Environment, 409, 1774-1785, 2011.

D. Crawford-Brown, “Sources, Risks and Mitigation of Radioactivity in Water”, in Treatise on Water Science,Oxford Academic Press, 59-67, 2011.

D. Crawford-Brown, “The Precautionary Principle in Environmental Regulations for Drinking Water“, Environmental Science and Policy, 14, 379-387, 2011.

D. Crawford-Brown, “Sustainable Development”, Handbook of Sustainability Management, ed by C. Madu and C. Kuei, Imperial College Press, London, 2011.

D. Crawford-Brown, L. Pakianathan and N. Osborne, “Climate Change Adaptation and Underground Rail Transit Systems”, Journeys, 2011.

A. Skelton, D. Guan, G. Peters and D. Crawford-Brown, “Mapping Flows of Embodied Emissions in the Global Production System”, Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 10516-10523, 2011.

D. Crawford-Brown, T. Barker, A. Anger and O. Dessins, “Ozone and PM Related Health Co-benefits of Climate Change Policies in Mexico”, Environmental Science and Policy, 17, 33-40, 2012.

D. Crawford-Brown and S. Crawford-Brown, “Cumulative Risk Assessment Framework for Waterborne Contaminants”, Journal of Environmental Protection, 3, 5, 400-413, 2012.

S. Kelly, D. Crawford-Brown and M. Pollitt, “Building Performance Evaluation and Certification in the UK: is SAP fit for Purpose?”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16, 9, 6861–6878, 2012.

D. Crawford-Brown, M. Syddall, D. Guan, J. Hall, Jun Li, K. Jenkins and R. Beaven, "Vulnerability of London’s economy to climate change: Sensitivity to production loss", Journal of Environmental Protection, 4, 548-563, 2013.

D. Crawford-Brown, “Assessing the Sensitivity of Climate Change Targets to Policies of Land Use, Energy Demand, Low Carbon Energy and Population Growth”, Journal of Environmental Protection, 3, 12, 1615-1624, 2012.

S. Kelly, M. Shipworth, D. Shipworth, M. Gentry, A. Wright, M. Pollit, D. Crawford-Brown and K. Lomas, “Predicting the Diversity of Internal Temperatures from the English Residential Sector using Panel Methods”, Applied Energy, 102, 601-621, 2012.

D. Crawford-Brown, Pi-Cheng Chen, Hsiu-Ching Shih and Chia-Wei Chao, “Climate Change Air Toxic Co-Reduction in the Context of Macroeconomic Modelling”, Journal of Environmental Management, 125, 1-6, 2013.

D. Crawford-Brown, “The Role of Advanced Biological Data in the Rationality of Risk-based Regulatory Decisions”, Journal of Environmental Protection, 4, 3, 238-249, 2013.

Jun Li, D. Crawford-Brown, M. Syddall, and D. Guan, “Modeling Imbalanced Economic Recovery Following a Natural Disaster Using Input–Output Analysis”, Risk Analysis, 2013.

Z. Liu, D. Guan, D. Crawford-Brown, Q. Zhang, K. He and J. Liu, “A Low-Carbon Road Map for China”, Nature, 500, 143-146, 2013.

T. Barker and D. Crawford-Brown, “Are Estimated Costs of Stringent Mitigation Biased?”, Climatic Change, 2013.





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