Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Karl Ropkins

Senior Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 31785
Room: 3.06
Research Group: Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

Key Research Interests

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • The development, validation and use of monitoring systems to quantify pollution
  • The application of environmental forensic and source apportionment techniques to the characterisation and measurement of source contributions from different pollution sources

Employment History

  • 2007-Present, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2004-2007, Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • 2002-2003, Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Health and Risk Management, University of Birmingham
  • 1998-2002, Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences (Wye College Campus), then T H Huxley School of Environment, Earth Sciences & Engineering (South Kensington Campus), Imperial College
  • 1990-1994, Environmental/Forensic Chemist, M Scan Limited, Mass Spectrometry Consultancy


  • University of Nottingham (1998), PhD, Analytical Chemistry/Food Science
  • University College North Wales (1989), BSc Hons, Marine Chemistry

Research Projects and Experience

  • Air pollution data handling and analysis tool development for the NERC funded knowledge exchange project openair (2008-Present)
  • Method development and data collection, validation and characterization of probe vehicle exhaust emissions as part of EPSRC funded RETEMM project (2004-2007)
  • Coordinated installation phase of HEFCE SRIF 2 award Instrumented Junction project, instrumenting a metropolitan junction to provide synchronous data on vehicle flows, driver behaviour, signal settings, vehicle emissions, air-flows and noise and air pollution (2005-2007)
  • Collaborated on EU funded SAPPHIRE project on the source apportionment of airborne pollutants in five European cities, Athens, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Oporto (2002-2003)
  • Conducted UTMC funded UTMC28 project, laboratory evaluations and field trials on air quality monitoring sensors and evaluated potential as 'feedbacks' for traffic Urban Traffic Management and Control systems (1999-2001)
  • Data collection, analysis and interpretation for various short study and contract impact assessment and emission quantification studies, including work for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Heathrow Airport, Highways Agency, Transport for London, Transport Research Laboratory


  • Currently present two sets of lectures, 'monitoring vehicle emissions' (as part of MSc Module TRAN5690) and 'modelling traffic emissions' (as part of MSc Module TRAN5700)
  • Previously run seminars, lectures and presentations on a range of subjects including environmental monitoring and modelling, analytical/forensic chemistry, analytical methods, environmental pollution and food contamination for both post- and undergraduate students


Book Chapters

  • Munir S; Chen H; Ropkins K (2011) An investigation into the association of ozone with traffic-related air pollutants using a quantile regression approach, 15, pp.21-32. doi: 10.2495/EHR110031
  • Munir S; Chen H; Ropkins K (2011) Non-parametric nature of ground-level ozone and its dependence on nitrogen oxides (NOx): A view point of vehicular emissions, 147, pp.93-104. doi: 10.2495/AIR110091
  • Daham B; Li H; Andrews GE; Tate J; Ropkins K; Bell M (2010) Driver variability influences on real world emissions at a road junction using a PEMS, . doi: 10.4271/2010-01-1072
  • Li H; Andrews GE; Savvidis D; Daham B; Ropkins K; Bell M; Tate J (2008) Comparisons of the exhaust emissions for different generations of SI cars under real world urban driving conditions, . doi: 10.4271/2008-01-0754
  • Li H; Andrews GE; Savvidis D; Daham B; Ropkins K; Bell M; Tate J (2007) Study of thermal characteristics, fuel consumption and emissions during cold start using an on-board measuring method for SI car real world urban driving, . doi: 10.4271/2007-01-2065
  • Li H; Andrews GE; Daham B; Bell M; Tate J; Ropkins K (2007) Impact of traffic conditions and road geometry on real world urban emissions using a SI car, . doi: 10.4271/2007-01-0308
  • Li H; Andrews GE; Daham B; Bell M; Tate J; Ropkins K (2006) Study of the emissions generated at intersections for a SI car under real world urban driving conditions, . doi: 10.4271/2006-01-1080
  • Harbach CAJ; Large R; Ropkins K; Jones DG; Di Blasi G (1998) Photolytic Degradation of Piperonyl Butoxide, In: Jones DG (Ed) Piperonyl Butoxide, Academic Press. Florence, Italy, pp.81-104.
  • Ropkins K; Taylor AJ (1996) The Isolation of Flavour Compounds from Foods by Enhanced Solvent Extraction Methods, In: Taylor AJ; Mottram DS (Ed) Flavour Science - Recent Developments, Royal Society of Chemistry Press. London, UK, pp.297-301.


  • Carslaw DC; Ropkins K; Kent A (2010) Kernel density approach for PM10 exceedance characterisation, Kernel density approach for PM10 exceedance characterisation, .
  • Laxen D; Marner B; Carslaw DC; Ropkins K (2007) Analysis of Fast-Response NOx Measurements at Heathrow Airport, Analysis of Fast-Response NOx Measurements at Heathrow Airport, .
  • Ropkins K; Colvile R (2000) Critical Review of Air Quality Monitoring Technologies for Urban Transport Mangement and Control (UTMC) Systems, .
  • Ropkins K; Colvile R (2000) Evaluation of Sensors to Provide Real-Time Air Quality Information for UTMC Systems, .
  • Beck AJ; Cooke C; Ropkins K; Sabbah I (1999) Elucidation of the Role of Organic Matter in the Sorption of Organic Chemicals to Soils and the Implications for Compound (Bio)availability as Evident from Potential 'Partition' into the Aqueous Phase, .
  • Ropkins K; Beck AJ (1999) Feasibility Study of the Application of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) to the UK Food Chain, .

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