Kevin Hicks has been a researcher at SEI’s York centre since 1997 and served as deputy director between 2014 and 2018. His research interests cover air pollution impacts on terrestrial ecosystems from local to global scales, ecosystem services, air pollution issues in developing countries, linkages between air pollution and climate change, and the transfer of scientific information to the policy process. He is currently the European director of the International Nitrogen Initiative.
Kevin’s main responsibility at SEI has been co-ordination and project management of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) funded Regional Air Pollution in Developing Countries (RAPIDC) and Global Atmospheric Pollution Forum (GAP Forum) Programmes, which have led to the development of inter-governmental agreements at Ministerial level on air pollution issues in South Asia (Malé Declaration), Southern Africa (Lusaka Agreement), Eastern Africa (Nairobi Agreement) and Western Africa (Abidjan Agreement).
Work with the GAP Forum highlighted the potential for developing integrated co-benefit strategies for air pollution and climate change and led to SEI’s involvement in a UNEP/WMO Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, for which he was the co-ordinator at the secretariat for the assessment based at SEI. This work has led to his being the principle investigator of a US State Department Grant entitled ‘Facilitating Action on Short-Lived Climate Forcers in Developing Countries’ and to his involvement with the regional intergovernmental consultations and the national action planning activities of the Climate and Clean Air Association (CCAC).
He has organized international workshops on nitrogen deposition impacts to ecosystems and attended UN/ECE scientific and other national/international meetings on air pollution issues, as well as being involved in the European Nitrogen Assessment and the EU FP7 funded ECLAIRE (Effects of Climate Change on Air Pollution and Response Strategies for European Ecosystems) project. He currently sits on the Steering Committee of the European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI).
He has also worked on projects for the UK government related to air pollution impacts and the development of the ecosystem services approach and was the project manager at the Directorate for the NERC funded Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability (BESS) Programme.
He has 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 40 reports and book contributions.