Brunel University London is a major international force in science, technology and engineering research, with one of the largest faculties in the UK.

In the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS) conducts research that aims to make society healthy and environmentally sustainable. Under this umbrella, there are several research foci, including the research of The Institute for the Environment (IfE), devoted to exploring the effects of chemical contaminants on human and wildlife health and to creating more sustainable environments through novel interventions and technologies aimed at removing chemical contaminants.

Brunel’s toxicologists, ecotoxicologists and public health experts are at the forefront in environment and health research and have collectively published highly cited and ground breaking work identifying plastic waste and plastic additives as a global threat to the environment and to public health, They have excellent experience in working closely with policymakers charged with environmental protection, having worked with UNEP, WHO, and global policy makers to effect change in the strategic approach to global chemicals management. In recognition of its’ success, IfE won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize as a leading example of excellence not just in research, but also in the global impact of its work through translations of science to policy.

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On August the 1st 2014, the University recognised IfE’s success and desire to expand by forming a larger interdisciplinary Research Institute of Environment, Health and Societies with some 140 members from Business Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities and Engineering. A key aim of this new Institute, is to work with businesses in developing effective solutions to environmental challenges and to stimulate uptake of innovations by the market and society.

The research feeds into debates about solutions to the problem of plastic pollution and the public communication of risk messages concerning an emerging scientific issue. Little is known about public engagement with plastic pollution and this new work contributes to important policy debates concerning regulation and public understandings as well as wider debates about science communication, behaviour and social change

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