Dr Gary Haq is an SEI Affiliated Researcher at SEI York Centre. His research focuses on urban air pollution, climate change, transport, community resilience, behavioural change, public engagement and environmental assessment.
Gary is currently a visiting research fellow at the Directorate for Energy, Transport and Climate, EC Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy) where he undertakes research to support European transport and environmental policy making.
He is a human ecologist with over twenty years of supporting the development and implementation of environmental policy in in Africa, Asia and Europe. This has involved providing the evidence-base to support policy formulation (undertaking assessments, drafting guidance frameworks and policy briefs), facilitating the policy process (convening and participating in policy dialogues/workshops), building capacity (developing and implementing needs-based training), liaising with a wide range of stakeholders (public meetings, discussion forums, on-line questionnaires) and communicating the result of his work to ensure it has maximum impact (writing press releases, opinion editorials and blogs).
He has led a number of international multi-partner transport and environment-related programmes. These have included the Sida funded Air Pollution in the Megacities of Asia (APMA) (2002-2006) project in collaboration with UNEP, WHO and Clean Air Asia, the EU funded Clean Air Asia Training programme together with Clean Air Asia and the Thai Pollution Control Department (2006-2008) and the Transport and Environment Science-Technology Network (2010-2013) in collaboration with UN-HABITAT, UNEP and six African universities.
He has also coordinated a UK regional climate change communication (Climate Talk) programme and held climate change workshops on the impact of climate change on older people (in collaboration with Age UK and Help Age International) and climate change communication for Pakistani media professionals (in collaboration with IUCN and Oxfam) and led regional and city-wide community pro-environmental behaviour change projects.
More recently, he has been assisting in the coordination of work for the European Commission’s DG CLIMA and DG GROW to reduce emissions from the transport sector. He supports the the implementation of the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) and has contributed to policy impact assessments which involved cost-benefit analyses, policy reviews and stakeholder consultations on a pan-European level.
Gary is a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (MIEnvSc) and holds a Diploma in Economics, a PhD in Geography (Transport and Environmental Policy and Planning), an MSc in Environmental Impact Assessment and a BSc (Hons) in Human Ecology.