Rob MacKenzie

Colleges, School and Institutes

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Essex

    Small System Modelling of the Planetary Boundary Layer

    1 Oct 1986 - 30 Sep 1989
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Edinburgh

    1 Oct 1982 - 1 Jul 1986

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC

    2009 -
  • Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, FRMetS

    1989 -

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Rob MacKenzie is interested in how plants affect air composition. He is inaugural Director of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR), and leads the work at the BIFoR Free-Air Carbon Enrichment (FACE) facility.

In particular, his group develops atmospheric chemistry models. The group continues to develop the CiTTyCAT atmospheric chemistry model and has applied it to remote and polluted environments. The group is interested in developing tools for urban planners and regulators. One such tool is the Urban Tree Air Quality Score. The group is currently working with a wide range of other researchers to study the interdisciplinary problems associated with urban regeneration. The project -Urban Futures- uses scenario/futures analysis to establish the robustness of measures put in place today in the name of sustainability. The project also includes detailed disciplinary work on urban air quality.

Rob MacKenzie has supervised over 20 PhD students and he is currently Principal Investigator of the Forest Edge Doctoral Scholarship Programme of the Leverhulme Trust.


Sustainable Development Goals