Dr. Joshua Vande Hey

Lecturer in Environment & Health, Earth Observation Science Division, School of Physics and Astronomy. Knowledge Mobilisation Lead, Centre for Environmental Health and Sustainability. Senior Member IEEE

Joshua Vande Hey

My research background is in optics and atmospheric sensor engineering, with an emphasis on low-cost laser sensing, and I am actively involved in both ground-based and space-based sensor development and data analysis.  Overall, my research focuses on understanding indoor and outdoor air pollution, evaluating its effects on human health, and assessing the effectiveness of exposure mitigation strategies through application of observational and modelling approaches.  The majority of my current research is driven by user needs identified through my recently completed NERC knowledge exchange fellowship in aerosols and health.  My key projects are impact focused and co-developed with stakeholders, and they often require interdisciplinary approaches.  The environmental population health informatics (EPHI) project arose through knowledge exchange, and has led to my current interdisciplinary research on short term health effects of atmospheric exposures, with the long term aim of using the healthcare analytics system to reduce the socioeconomic burden of chronic respiratory disease through improved management of individualized care.  I am conducting similar stakeholder-facing research in air pollution measurement, health impact assessment, and mitigation in Kenya, and in developing novel indoor cabin air quality management systems with the automotive industry.


Research Interests

  • Atmospheric aerosol and NO2 air pollution measurement
  • Low cost ground-based and space-based optical sensors
  • Environmental data for healthcare
  • Indoor air quality measurement and management
  • Environmentally sustainable transport


Current PhD Opportunities

Watch this space.


Key Current Projects/Collaborations

Air Quality and Health Collaboration with University of Witwatersrand and South Africa MRC--More Info Coming Soon!

Air Quality Research Partnership with University of Nairobi

Positive impact on the social and economic welfare of vulnerable populations in Nairobi through the improvement of outdoor air quality (British Council Newton Utafiti Fund, joint with University of Nairobi)

Environmental Population Health Informatics project (EPHI): using environmental data in healthcare for improved management of environmentally-sensitive respiratory conditions (Wellcome Trust and NERC, in partnership with Cerner UK, Ltd.)

Remote Sensing of the atmosphere using LIDAR: New laser-based detection solutions for atmospheric monitoring (Research England SPRINT project in collaboration with Raymetrics)

Industrial-facing translational research on indoor air quality management

Aerosol science for public health and public policy through commercial avenues (NERC KE Fellowship)


University of Leicester Appointments

  • Lecturer in Environment and Health (2018-present)
  • Leicester Wellcome Trust ISSF Fellow in Environment and Health (2017-present)
  • Affiliated with the NIHR Leicester Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit (2016-present)
  • NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Aerosols & Health (2014-present)
  • PiKT Associate in Airborne Instrumentation (2013-2014)


Previous Appointments

  • Research Engineer in Atmospheric Optical Sensing, Loughborough University & Campbell Scientific Ltd. (2007-2013)
  • R&D Engineer, Alfalight, Inc., Madison, WI, USA, (2001-2004)



PhD Optical Engineering, Wolfson School, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK, 2013

B.A. Physics Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, USA, 2001



Ruiz Villena, C., Anand, J. S., Leigh, R. J., Monks, P. S., Parfitt, C. E., and Vande Hey, J. D.: "Discrete-wavelength DOAS NO2 slant column retrievals from OMI and TROPOMI," Atmos. Meas. Tech., https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-2019-252, 2020.

Lin, C., Labzovskii, L., Mak, H.W.L., Fung, J.C.H., Lau, A.K.H., Kenea, S.T., Bilal, M., Vande Hey, J.D., Lu, X. and Ma, J.: "Observation of PM2.5 using a combination of satellite remote sensing and low-cost sensor network in Siberian urban areas with limited reference monitoring," Atmos. Environ., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117410, 2020.

Johnson L, Thomas R, Vande Hey J et al. "Geographically distributed longitudinal nitrogen dioxide and other air pollution sensor measurements in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children cohort catchment area" [version 1; awaiting peer review]. Wellcome Open Res 2019, 4:162, https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15468.1

Panagi, M., Fleming, Z. L., Monks, P. S., Ashfold, M. J., Wild, O., Hollaway, M., Zhang, Q., Squires, F. A., and Vande Hey, J. D.: "Investigating the regional contributions to air pollution in Beijing: A dispersion modelling study using CO as a tracer," Atmos. Chem. Phys, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2019-759, 2020.

Paul Monks and Joshua Vande Hey, “Chapter: Tropospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution” in Atmospheric Science for Environmental Scientists, 2nd Edition, C. Nick Hewitt and Andrea V. Jackson (Editors), ISBN: 978-1-119-51527-2, 2019, Wiley-Blackwell.

A Boyd, R Thomas, A L Hansell, J Gulliver, L M Hicks, R Griggs, J Vande Hey, C M Taylor, T Morris, J Golding, R Doerner, D Fecht, J Henderson, D A Lawlor, N J Timpson, J Macleod, "Data Resource Profile: The ALSPAC birth cohort as a platform to study the relationship of environment and health and social factors," International Journal of Epidemiology, 2019, DOI: /10.1093/ije/dyz063.

Joshua D. Vande Hey, Hannah Sonderfeld, Antoine P. R. Jeanjean, Rikesh Panchal, Roland J. Leigh, Mark A. Allen, Mark Dawson & Paul S. Monks (2018) "Experimental and modeling assessment of a novel automotive cabin PM2.5 removal system," Aerosol Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2018.1490694.

Madonna, F., Rosoldi, M., Lolli, S., Amato, F., Vande Hey, J., Dhillon, R., Zheng, Y., Brettle, M., and Pappalardo, G.: "Intercomparison of aerosol measurements performed with multi-wavelength Raman lidars, automatic lidars and ceilometers in the frame of INTERACT-II campaign," Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 2459-2475, https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-2459-2018, 2018.

Peterson, P.J.D.; Aujla, A.; Grant, K.H.; Brundle, A.G.; Thompson, M.R.; Vande Hey, J.; Leigh, R.J., "Practical Use of Metal Oxide Semiconductor Gas Sensors for Measuring Nitrogen Dioxide and Ozone in Urban Environments," Sensors 2017, 17, 1653.

A. Papayannis, A. Argyrouli, A. Bougiatioti, E. Remoundaki, S. Vratolis, A. Nenes, S. Solomos, M. Komppula, E. Giannakaki, J. Kalogiros, R. Banks, K. Eleftheriadis, E. Mantas, E. Diapouli, C.G. Tzanis, S. Kazadzis, I. Binietoglou, L. Labzovskii, J. Vande Hey, C.S. Zerefos, "From hygroscopic aerosols to cloud droplets: The HygrA-CD campaign in the Athens basin — An overview," Science of The Total Environment, Volume 574, 1 January 2017, Pages 216-233, ISSN 0048-9697.

A. Papayannis , A. Argyrouli, A. Nenes, J. Vande Hey, M. Komppula, P. Kokkalis, S. Solomos, R. F. Banks, L. Labzovskii, I. Kalogiros, E. Giannakaki, "Chapter: From Hygroscopic Aerosols to Cloud Droplets: The HygrA-CD Campaign in the Athens Basin—An Overview", Book Title: Perspectives on Atmospheric Sciences, pp 781-787, 2017, Print ISBN 978-3-319-35094-3, Online ISBN 978-3-319-35095-0, Series Title: Springer Atmospheric Sciences, Springer International Publishing.

Vogel, L., Vande Hey, J., Faria, S.H., Spadaro, J.V.: "Health impacts of atmospheric pollution in a changing climate," Basque Centre for Climate Change BC3 Working Paper Series, Issue 2015-03, 2015.

Lawrence, J. P., Anand, J. S., Vande Hey, J. D., White, J., Leigh, R. R., Monks, P. S., and Leigh, R. J.: "High-resolution measurements from the airborne Atmospheric Nitrogen Dioxide Imager (ANDI)," Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4735–4754, doi:10.5194/amt-8-4735-2015, 2015.

Madonna, F., Amato, F., Vande Hey, J., and Pappalardo, G.: "Ceilometer aerosol profiling versus Raman lidar in the frame of the INTERACT campaign of ACTRIS," Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 2207-2223, doi:10.5194/amt-8-2207-2015, 2015.

A Novel Lidar Ceilometer: Design, Implementation and Characterisation. Springer Theses, ISBN: 978-3-319-12612-8 (Print) 978-3-319-12613-5 (Online), Springer International Publishing, 2015.

J. Vande Hey, J. Agnew, J. Richards, R. Dhillon, M. Brettle, "Comparison of mixing layer height retrieved by ceilometer and Doppler lidar," Proceedings of 21st Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, AMS, June 2014.

PhD thesis, Loughborough University, March 2013.  Design, Implementation, and Characterisation of a Novel Lidar Ceilometer.

J. VandeHey, J. Coupland, J. Richards, A. Sandford, "Design and implementation of a divided-lens lidar ceilometer prototype for manufacture," Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International, pp.5002-5005, 22-27 July 2012.

J. Vande Hey, J. Coupland, M. Foo, J. Richards, and A. Sandford, “Determination of overlap in lidar systems," Appl. Opt. 50, 5791-5797, 2011.


Data Publications

M. Pattantyús-Ábrahám, I. Mattis, R. Begbie, J. A. Bravo-Aranda, M. Brettle, J. Cermak, M. Drouin, A. Geiß, U. Görsdorf, A. Haefele, M. Haeffelin, M. Hervo, K. Komínková, R. Leinweber, C. Münkel, K. Pönitz, J. Vande Hey, F. Wagner, and M. Wiegner: The Dataset of the CeiLinEx 2015 Ceilometer-Inter-comparison Experiment, Version v001, doi 10.5676/DWD/CEILINEX2015, 2017.



2016:  InterACT II

2015:  CeiLinEx

2014:  HygrA-CD

2013:  InterACT



Research England SPRINT Lidar Project Press Release

EPHI Project Blog Entry

EPHI Project Press Release

NERC Planet Earth Podcast on nighttime aerial imaging


Professional Societies

Optical Society of America

Royal Meteorological Society

Senior Member IEEE (Societies: Women in Engineering, Geoscience & Remote Sensing, Signal Processing--UK&I Committee)



Springer Theses Award 2014


Contact Information

Joshua Vande Hey

Earth Observation Science Group

Department of Physics and Astronomy

University of Leicester

Leicester, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 116 229 7721

Email: jvh7@le.ac.uk

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