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Dr Charles Simpson
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Appointment
  • Research Fellow in Spatial Analysis linking Environment & Health
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

I completed my DPhil in particle physics at Oxford in 2019, but spent most of 2017-2018 attached to Kamioka Observatory in Japan. I decided to look for research work in a more applied area, and took a position as a data scientist at the British Antarctic Survey AI Lab. There, I developed skills working with global climate model output, and an interest in human heat stress and climate change.

Research Summary
- [HEROIC](https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/environmental-design/research-projects/2022/jun/heroic-health-and-economic-impacts-reducing-overheating-cities) - evaluating the health and economic impacts of reducing overheating in cities
    - Using machine learning to extract the location and extent of green roofs in London. Assessment of potential for green roof retrofit using LIDAR and GIS.
    - Bias correction of regional climate model output with crowdsourced weather observations. (Brousse et al 2022)
    - Investigating personal exposure to heat. Developing methods to better account for inter-personal variations in risk of overheating. Including the effects of the urban heat island, physiology, and buildings.
 - STRIDE - housing features and risk of injury in children
     - UCL Health of the Public Small Grant. Collaboration between IEDE and Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
     - I extracted housing data from energy performance certificates. Working with epidemiologists, I estimated the impact of housing characteristics on risk of injury in children using regression of hospital episode statistics for a birth cohort. Paper in preparation.

- Engagement with the Met Office Academic Partnership

- In a previous role at the British Antarctic Survey

     - Post-processing and bias correction of global climate model outputs.
     - Research into the economic impacts of climate change on outdoor work (Simpson et al 2021).
     - Engagement with local stakeholders, generating an evidence report for a local climate change committee (Aines et al 2021).

Teaching Summary
MSc dissertation supervision, University College London, 2022-23
    - For the courses *Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings*, and *Environmental Design and Engineering*. Projects focussed on the urban heat island, making use of GIS and ENVI-Met.
- *Health Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings*, University College London, 2022-23
    - Worked with PGTAs to update and improve teaching materials on statistics.
- Light and Lighting MSc 2022-23
    - Developed Python teaching resources.
    - Gave drop-in sessions for students to discuss use of statistics in their dissertations.
Appointments
07-JUN-2021 Research Fellow in Spatial Analysis linking Environment & He Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
02-DEC-2019 – 05-SEP-2021 Data scientist AI Lab British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom
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