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The Jones (R.) Group has worked on a number of research projects.

Current Projects

Low cost sensors for monitoring urban pollution

In the Jones (R.) Group we develop low cost air quality sensors that allow us to probe urban pollution in unprecedented detail. As part of this work, we demonstrate how these low cost air quality sensor networks can be used to address important scientific and political questions. 

Studies include low cost sensor network deployments at:

  • Heathrow airport
  • Beijing
  • Dehli

In the case of Heathrow airport, for example, results from our sensor networks can be used to both quantify emissions and provide predictions of the likely impact of an airport expansion.

Find out more detail by watching our short video on the Media Links page. 


Air quality and human health 

In the Jones (R.) Group we utilise portable air quality sensors that can test the linkages between exposure to pollution and the subsequent health impact/s. The sensor units allow us to develop activity models, when can then be used to predict air pollution dose with a high level of accuracy. 

They are now used for studies of Chronic Chronic Obsructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in London, and wider health impacts (Beijing and elsewhere).


Other Projects

Other projects within the group range from using cavity ringdown spectroscopy and its variants for making ultrasensitive (sub-ppt level) airborne and ground based measurements of radical species (using the FAAM aircraft), balloon borne measurements of GHGs, volcanic emissions and many more.


For more information on the Jones (R.) Group, refer to Professor Rod Jones personal staff page. 

If you are interested in joining the Jones (R.) Group as a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher, please contact Prof Jones at  

Centre Highlights

• January 2024: The CCPG have successfully submitted a proposal for PACESETTERS!

• September 2nd 2023: Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi has co-authored a paper analysing just transition narratives in European coal regions. Read the paper here

• December 13th 2022: The CCPG have co-authored a paper on game-changing innovations towards net-zero, published in Energy Strategy Reviews. Read the open access paper here.

• November 15th 2022: The final conference of PARIS REINFORCE is taking place today in Sorbonne. Read more about the event here

• October 24th 2022: The CCPG have successfully submitted a proposal for the Cambridge-Tsinghua joint research initiative! 

• May 5th 2022: We've submitted to the UNFCCC's Global Stocktake (GST). More information is available on our news page. 

• March 23rd 2022: Multiple CAS academics have published a paper investigating the future role of anthropogenic methane emissions. Read the open access paper here.

• Feb 18th 2022: Dr Parris and Dr Anger-Kraavi have co-authored a paper that develops a tool to support co-designed transformative change. Read the open access paper here.

• Dec 16th 2021: Dr Parris has co-authored a paper that introduces a tool to support plastic pollution policy. Read the open access paper here.

• Nov 22nd 2021: Dr Anger-Kraavi has co-authored a paper with Paris Reinforce. Read the open access version here

Want to know more about our high-profile publications? Check out our Publication Highlights!