Contact Dr Gill Drew

Areas of expertise

  • Biomass and Waste
  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Energy Policy & Regulation
  • Environment and Health
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Monitoring and Environmental Informatics
  • Waste Management and Resource Efficiency


Dr Gillian Drew is Senior Lecturer in Geographical Systems and has worked within the Centre for Climate and Environmental Protection since 2007.

Prior to that, Gill was the Environment Agency's postdoctoral research fellow in amenity impacts of waste management, based at Cranfield. Gill has a BSc in Geography and Geology from Rhodes University, South Africa (1998), and a BSc (Hons) in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town (1999). Her PhD on the modelling the spatial impacts of climate change on vegetation was completed in 2004 within the same department at Cape Town.  Gill was the course tutor for the MSc in Environmental Management for Business from 2007 to 2012.

Research opportunities

I am currently accepting PhD and MSc by Research applications in topics related waste management, environmental and health impacts from waste or energy systems, particularly as these relate to air pollution, climate change or geospatial assessment.

I would also welcome discussions with researchers who may wish to collaborate to develop their existing work programme.

Current activities

Gill is a geographer whose research interests focus on climate change adaptation and environmental impacts as they relate to human exposure, primarily associated with waste management and energy systems.  Of particular interest is the assessment of human exposure to pollution within complex environmental systems, and developing the underpinning science to enable novel monitoring and modelling techniques to support robust, risk-based decisions.  Gill has a track-record of leading waste and environmental management research for clients including the Environment Agency, Defra, NERC, SEPA, SNIFFER and SITA. Her research established the first detailed database on bioaerosol impacts from composting facilities and advanced source terms for the atmospheric modelling of bioaerosol dispersion. Gill was on the steering committee for the AfOR (2009) protocol on bioaerosols monitoring and managed the Defra project that analysed adaptation reports submitted under the first round of the Adapting to Climate Change Reporting Power. Gill also developed and managed a series of training workshops for Environment Agency staff and managed a Daphne Jackson Fellow's (Dr Reyna Al-Ashaab) research, funded by NERC. As the Programme Director for the Energy MSc Programme, Gill is responsible for overseeing and managing the delivery of MSc courses in the Energy and Power Theme. Gill has supervised over 40 MSc and 10 PhD students, and was course tutor for the MSc in Environmental Management for Business from 2007 to 2012.  Gill is currently the Deputy Director of Education for the School of Water, Energy and Environment (SWEE).


  • Amey Cespa (previously Donarbon Ltd)
  • Environment Agency
  • Defra
  • NERC
  • SEPA
  • Suez


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