Clean Environment and Planetary Health in Asia

About CEPHA Network

The Clean Environment and Planetary Health in Asia (CEPHA) network aims to enhance inter-sectoral interdisciplinary engagement to co-create lasting partnerships that will help instigate a clean environment transformation in Asia (India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and neighbouring countries) through low-carbon development, focusing on innovative solutions that can provide multiple health, environmental and socioeconomic benefits.

The CEPHA network engages with researchers, citizens, policymakers, the health sector, industry, and other stakeholders through systems-based participatory methods to develop lasting partnerships to tackle environmental pollution & NCDs. Another objective of CEPHA network to identify “what works”, knowledge gaps, key challenges, and barriers/enablers in developing/prioritizing innovative solutions that can provide multiple benefits. The CEPHA network strengthens international co-operation and knowledge exchange on environmental pollution control and planetary health across Asia. The CEPHA network builds capacity and capability and widens participation across sectors and socioeconomic groups. The activities of CEPHA network focus on generating resources and research income through joint research grant applications.

The  UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund is our core source of fund, providing the bedrock of our work worldwide. 

UK Research and Innovation work in partnership with universities, research organizations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. They aim to maximize the contribution of each of their parts, working individually and collectively. They work with many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

About IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) is one of the foremost institutes of national importance in India for higher technological education, basic and applied research. IIT Madras has been the top-ranked engineering institute in India for four consecutive years as well as the ‘Best Educational Institution’ in Overall Category in the NIRF Rankings of 2019 put out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. More recently, IIT Madras has been given the title of Institute of Eminence. The Institute has sixteen academic departments and advanced research centres in various disciplines of engineering and pure sciences. IIT Madras is a residential institute with nearly 550 faculty, 8000 students, and 1250 administrative & supporting staff and is a self-contained campus located in a beautiful wooded land of about 250 hectares.

IIT(M) has a strong research, teaching and consultancy program in the area of environmental sciences and engineering. There is a dedicated Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) Division under the Civil Engineering department. IIT Madras is also home to the recently incubated International Center for Clean Water (ICCW), an initiative for sustainable clean water and the Indo-German Center for Sustainability. The research areas pursued at IIT(M) are: Water quality management /wastewater treatment and technologies for clean water, Air quality management and technologies for clean air, Atmospheric physics and chemistry and Climate modelling, Solid waste management including waste to wealth technologies, Fate and transport of contaminants in the environment – multimedia and interphase transport including emissions to air, Soil remediation and transport in porous media, Bioremediation Engineering, Emission control technologies from combustion processes, Sensors for environmental monitoring, Ecological modelling, Environmental Sustainability and Impact on Society. The EWRE laboratory has set up a Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station in collaboration with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), New Delhi.
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IIT Madras Air Quality Research Group

Prof. S.M. Shiva Nagendra leads air quality Research Group at the department of Civil Engineering


The air quality research group focuses on 


  • Urban Hotspot Air Quality Monitoring, Modelling and Control
  • Sensors for Air Pollution Monitoring
  • Personal Exposure and Health Impact
  • Real World Exhaust Emission Monitoring and Modelling
  • Ambient and Source Emission Control Technologies
  • Indoor Air Quality Monitoring, Modelling and Control
  • Emission Inventory and Source Apportionment
  • Machine Learning Techniques for Air Quality Classification and Prediction




Clean Environment and Planetary Health in Asia (CEPHA) network

Environmental and Water Resource Engineering Division
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai, India – 600 036

Telephone : 91-44-22574290

Contact Person : 

S.M. Shiva Nagendra, Ph.D. 
CEPHA Network Co-Ordinator
Department of Civil Engineering 
Indian Institute of Technology Madras 
Chennai, India – 600 036
Telephone : 91-44-22574290 (O) 
Fax: 91-44-22574252


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