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Dr Stephen Battersby


Dr Stephen Battersby is a freelance environmental health and housing consultant, and researcher. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and Royal Society for Public Health (and is now retired). He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and is currently a Vice President.


He has chaired the Pro-Housing Alliance, ARCHIVE UK (Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments); Generation Rent (the National Private Tenants Organisation); and the Committee of Management of the ANUK/Unipol National Code of Standards for larger student developments.

In 2014 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to Environmental Health.


His research interests include housing conditions and health (housing as a social determinant of health); the use and enforcement of legislation to secure healthful housing; and urban rodent infestations and public health. He was an Associate of the Safe and Healthy Housing Unit in the Law School at Warwick University for many years (where he was a member of the team that developed the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)). He also helped draft the Addendum to the HHSRS Operating Guidance for the then MHCLG (nowDLUHC) to address fire risks in high rise residential buildings with ACM cladding as a consultant to RHE Global.


He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Environment and Sustainability the University of Surrey.

Over the years he also worked with Karen Buck MP on housing matters researching local authority housing enforcement and also on her Private Members Bill that became the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation etc) Act and published associated reports.


He has been Editor of Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health for the past three edition the latest being the 22nd Edition. This is the standard environmental health textbook. He is the series editor for the Routledge Focus on Environmental Health series of monographs (see button) and has contributed to a number of books and reports on environmental health issues.

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