Dr Aaron Lawson is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Health at Middlesex University, having previously worked in various technical roles within the private and public sector, and has held both research and teaching roles at Ulster University, Northern Ireland.
Aaron is also a current and active Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (MCIEH) and Fellow for the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH). You can follow him on his Twitter feed: @lawson185.
2020 PgCert in Higher Education Practice
2020 PgCert in Quantitative Methods for the Behavioural and Social Sciences
2019 PhD in Environmental Health and the Built Environment
2015 BSc (Hons) Environmental Health with the Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS)
2014 IOSH Managing Safely Certification
Aaron’s main lecturing and professional interests are in public health, hygiene and sanitation within the built environment and health promotion. He is particularly interested in human hand hygiene behaviour and compliance within public settings post-COVID-19, as well as how social inequalities can affect health outcomes across the UK and beyond.
Wider interests include Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development; including how we can work build more resilient, sustainable communities.
Aaron is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA) and seeks to improve the learning and teaching experience through the use of novel methods and technologies.
Aaron’s primary research interests are in public health, hygiene and sanitation; where he has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles at presented research at both local, national and international conferences.
Aaron recently worked on a national public health/food safety research project funded on behalf of Safefood Ireland looking into hand hygiene behaviour and compliance in various public settings, as well as exploring the design and effectiveness of behavioural interventions.
Aaron is interested in supervising PhD students and would welcome applications in the following research areas:
An Evaluation of the Hand Hygiene Behaviour and Compliance of the General Public When Using Public Restrooms in Northern Ireland (NI) during the Initial Weeks of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Lawson, A., Vaganay-Miller, M. & Cameron, R., 12 Jun 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18, 12, p. 1-9 9 p., 6385: https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85107659112&origin=inward&txGid=9d5f840f08746c05236c41d67124e3ec
An investigation of hand washing facilities and practices in various settings on the island of Ireland. Lawson, A. & Vaganay, M., 2021, 142 p.
An Investigation of the General Population’s Self-Reported Hand Hygiene Behaviour and Compliance in a Cross-European Setting. Lawson, A., Vaganay, M. & Cameron, R., 1 Mar 2021, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18, 5, p. 1-14 14 p., 2402: https://www.scopus.com/record/display.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85101676385&origin=inward&txGid=c2a961736a0f0651c6e6a7bd0b1c0e4b
Interim Report on hand hygiene practices in Northern Ireland during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. Lawson, A., Vaganay, M. (ed.) & Cameron, R., 20 Apr 2020, 15 p.
Investment in Public Health and Education is Key. Lawson, A., 23 Sep 2020, 2 p: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/8523/pdf/
The Effectiveness of a Poster Intervention on Hand Hygiene Practice and Compliance When Using Public Restrooms in a University Setting Vaganay, M. & Lawson, A., 11 Dec 2019, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 12 p: https://pure.ulster.ac.uk/ws/portalfiles/portal/79270465/ijerph_16_05036.pdf
Public awareness of hand hygiene as a simple measure in the prevention of the spread of communicable diseases: A systematic literature review. Lawson, A., Blair, N. (ed.) & Vaganay, M. (ed.), 30 Nov 2016, Journal of Infectious Diseases and Therapy. 8 ed. Vol. 4. p. 1-20 20 p: https://www.omicsonline.org/conference-proceedings/infection-control-2016_scientifictracks-workshop.digital/files/assets/basic-html/page-1.html#
Current and recent research projects:
2018-2021 An investigation of hand hygiene facilities, policies and practices in restrooms in childcare, public and food business settings on the island of Ireland. Safefood Ireland.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and sits on the Environmental Protection Advisory Panel.
Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy