Dr. Joshua Vande Hey

Lecturer in Environment & Health, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Aerosols & Health, Leicester Wellcome Trust ISSF Interdisciplinary Fellow

Joshua Vande Hey


My research background is in optics and atmospheric sensor engineering, with an emphasis on low-cost laser sensing.  I continue to be active in this field, however, the central focus of my research has gradually shifted to understanding indoor and outdoor air pollution, evaluating its effects on human health, and assessing the effectiveness of exposure mitigation strategies.  The majority of my current research is driven by user needs identified through my 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 measurement and low cost optical sensors
  • Environmental data for healthcare
  • Indoor air quality measurement and management
  • Environmentally sustainable transport


Key Current Projects

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.)

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

  • 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



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



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

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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