University of Stirling

United Kingdom

Since our founding in 1967, the University of Stirling has always been driven by transformative thinking and a spirit of innovation. Our mission is to do everything we can to give our students the knowledge and expertise to make their impact in the world.

Everything we do makes a positive difference to people's lives. We are an agent for change, connecting people, innovating and transforming the lives of our students, staff and the global communities we serve. We have a constant desire to innovate and improve in order to make a difference to society. It’s how we’ve earned our global reputation for high-quality teaching and internationally acclaimed research.

Sean Semple

Sean Semple, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at the Respiratory Group, University of Aberdeen. Sean is an expert in human exposure science with interests in occupational epidemiology, tobacco control and the health effects of air pollution. He has conducted a program of translational research focused on air quality measurement and interventions relating to second-hand smoke, biomass fuel smoke and workplace inhalation hazards. Sean has supervised 9 successful PhD students with a further 5 in progress and is author of over 150 research publications and editor of text-book ‘Monitoring Health Hazards at Work’ (translated in to Chinese, 2012). Sean is chief investigator or co-investigator on research projects valued >£3M since 2009 and his publications have a current H- index of 24.

Rachel O’Donnell

Rachel O’Donnell, PhD, is a Research Fellow with the Respiratory Group, University of Aberdeen. Rachel has over 20 years’ research experience, 15 of which have focussed on research in tobacco control. She has worked previously with University of Edinburgh, ASH Scotland, and the University of Aberdeen, and has more recently been involved in research on the use of air quality feedback to reduce second-hand smoke (SHS) in the home. Rachel has specific expertise in qualitative research design and analysis, and has worked on several projects conducting qualitative interviews with parents living in areas of social deprivation in Scotland, examining the barriers and facilitators to creating and maintaining a smoke-free home.

Ruaraidh Dobson

Ruaraidh is a Research Assistant and PhD student with the Respiratory Group, University of Aberdeen. He has worked in tobacco control since 2013, first with the British Lung Foundation and then at Aberdeen and at ASH Scotland. Ruaraidh’s PhD work focuses on the development and use of interventions featuring air quality feedback to promote smoke-free homes.