The bioaerosol research group, led by Dr Peter Sykes, focusses on the effects that occupational and environmental exposure to bioaerosols have on human health. The group has a particular interest in assessing and managing workers exposure to bioaerosols in the waste and resources sector.
The group has a strong industry focus and works with many waste companies across the UK; they are also heavily engaged with knowledge transfer activities with the waste sector. The group has a wealth of experience of undertaking large-scale contract research projects in this area.
A key area of activity for the group is to understand worker exposure scenarios and their impacts on worker health creating an evidence base that enables proportionate risk mitigation activities across the sector.
Dr Sykes is the Chair of the Creating Healthier Workplace and Bioaerosols group of the Waste Industry Safety and Health (WISH) Forum hosted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which enables the group to be at the forefront of policy developments within the sector and contribute to the development of guidance. Further details about WISH can be found at
If you are interested in speaking with a member of the bioaerosol research group please contact
Dr Peter Sykes or
Prof George Karani, Professor of Environmental Health, leads the research group. The motto of the group is to Address Challenges and Opportunities through Partnership to improve quality of life by Involvement of all appropriate stakeholders, (API).
The research group projects are on Pollution and Health, Poverty Related diseases, Sustainable Development Goals. The team work with local, regional and international research partners on joint grant applications, publications, postgraduate research supervision, seminars, conferences and innovation activities. We collaborate with Public Health Wales, Cardiff and the Vale & Aneurin University Health Boards, Universities of Nottingham & South Wales, Community groups and Industrial partners. Our current overseas partners based in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Rwanda, United Arab Emirates and Uganda.
The group has a number of PhD and Professional Doctorate degrees running at any one time. Collaborators have included Cardiff School of Art and Design, Qatar Primary Care Health Corporation and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, JKUAT, Kenya. Most of the fieldwork data collected in Qatar, Wales, Kenya, United Arab Emirates and Nigeria.
Details of published research, grant applications and training delivered by members of the group can be found on their individual profile pages.
Prof Karani nominated Prof Mabel Imbuga, Vice-Chancellor JKUAT, who was awarded by Cardiff Metropolitan University in July 2018 Honorary DSc. Dr. Daniel Thomas, Public Health Wales, awarded in April 2019 Honorary Professor in Applied Epidemiology.
SDG Training Doha, PVC Prof Robinson meeting with President Qatar University
VC JKUAT with the Lord Mayor, Cardiff after award of Hon DSc.
Visit of EHOAN, attending a one- week training Course at Cardiff Met, visit to SENEDD 2019
ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre within Cardiff Metropolitan University provides a range consultancy services to all parts of the food industry including micro businesses and SMEs.
The Centre employs experienced food and drink technologists, business specialists as well as a range of academic staff who are able to advise on all aspects of food safety across a wide range of food business sectors.
Accordingly, we can draw upon a wide range of expertise, which includes nutrition, dietetics, food legislation, environmental health and trading standards.
The following section provides a brief list of the example projects undertaken by members of the group. If you wish to find out more about individual projects undertaken by members of the group or to discuss a new project please click on their profile page.
Independent Review of Provision of Smoking Cessation Services in Wales (working in partnership with Emma George Consulting).
KESS II Project with Ford Engine Plant Bridgend: Improving employee engagement to develop a positive safety culture within Ford.
Vale of Glamorgan Head Teachers Steering Group: Health and wellbeing scoping project - Vale of Glamorgan Headteachers. Review of stress amongst headteachers in Wales.
KESS II – East: Masters in research funding for investigating what are the reasons for non-attendance at the Health Check Programme in Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board population? Funding in partnership with Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board.
Public Health Wales: Independent programme review of the National Exercise Referral Scheme in Wales (working in partnership with Emma George Consulting).