Dr James Milner


Assistant Professor

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7927 2510

My research involves applied mathematical modelling of environmental interventions/policies and their impacts on human health, with a particular focus on climate change mitigation actions in urban areas.

Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the Bartlett, University College London. I also have a PhD in air pollution exposure modelling from Imperial College London.


Public Health, Environments and Society
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health


I am the module organiser of Environmental Health Policy (PHM206) on the MSc Public Health by Distance Learning. I also lecture and act as a personal tutor on the MSc Public Health.

I currently supervise doctoral students working on the following topics:

  • Modelling the effects of climate mitigation actions on population health
  • Urban greenspace and respiratory health
  • Air pollution and respiratory health in an occupational setting in Ghana
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) to support 'nutrition-sensitive' agriculture


I currently work on the project Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) funded by the Wellcome Trust under its Our Planet Our Health initiative. The project is aiming to develop evidence to bring about transformative change in cities to address imperatives for population and planetary health.

I lead a health evaluation of the Irish Government's Warmth and Wellbeing scheme, which is providing home energy efficiency upgrades to people in parts of Dublin who are in energy poverty and are living with chronic respiratory conditions.

I also contribute to the Lancet Countdown which is tracking global progress on climate change and health.

I have previously worked on the following projects:

Research Area
Climate change
Health impact analysis
Public health
Environmental Health
Mathematical modelling

Selected Publications

Household air pollution in Nairobi's slums: A long-term policy evaluation using participatory system dynamics.
Dianati K; Zimmermann N; Milner J; Muindi K; Ezeh A; Chege M; Mberu B; Kyobutungi C; Fletcher H; Wilkinson P
Science of The Total Environment
An Exposure-Mortality Relationship for Residential Indoor PM2.5 Exposure from Outdoor Sources
Milner J; Armstrong B; Davies M; Ridley I; Chalabi Z; Shrubsole C; Vardoulakis S; Wilkinson P
Projected health effects of realistic dietary changes to address freshwater constraints in India: a modelling study.
Milner J; Joy EJM; Green R; Harris F; Aleksandrowicz L; Agrawal S; Smith P; Haines A; Dangour AD
The lancet Planetary health
The potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK through healthy and realistic dietary change
Green R; Milner J; Dangour AD; Haines A; Chalabi Z; Markandya A; Spadaro J; Wilkinson P
Climatic change
Health effects of home energy efficiency interventions in England: a modelling study.
Hamilton I; Milner J; Chalabi Z; Das P; Jones B; Shrubsole C; Davies M; Wilkinson P
BMJ open
Health effects of adopting low greenhouse gas emission diets in the UK.
Milner J; Green R; Dangour AD; Haines A; Chalabi Z; Spadaro J; Markandya A; Wilkinson P
BMJ open
Home energy efficiency and radon related risk of lung cancer: modelling study.
Milner J; Shrubsole C; Das P; Jones B; Ridley I; Chalabi Z; Hamilton I; Armstrong B; Davies M; Wilkinson P
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Urban energy, carbon management (low carbon cities) and co-benefits for human health
Milner J; Davies M; Wilkinson P
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Operational air pollution modelling in the UK - Street canyon applications and challenges
Vardoulakis S; Valiantis M; Milner J; Apsimon H
Atmospheric environment (Oxford, England
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