Douglas Booker


Douglas is co-founder and CEO of NAQTS, a social business set up to raise awareness of indoor air quality, make high-quality air pollution monitoring technology available to everyone, and to provide data for informed public policy. Douglas has led NAQTS’ recent prestigious UK-Guangdong Urban Innovation Challenge success, which is using its technology to map and forecast the air quality in Guangzhou, China. NAQTS also has several projects, from measuring the air quality in schools, working with community groups on “citizen science”, helping benchmark vehicles on their in-cabin air quality, and many more. Douglas also supervises multiple PhD students at Lancaster University, and is himself currently enrolled in a part-time PhD investigating the relationship between indoor and outdoor air quality, and its implications for environmental justice.

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Sensing technology for measuring air quality in indoor environments

Much has been done to understand outdoor air quality, however, less has been done for indoor air quality, even though we spend ~90% of our time indoors where levels can be more polluted. In response to this, NAQTS has developed an air quality monitor to raise awareness of indoor air. This presentation will introduce our technology and present insights from a range of indoor environments including homes, schools, and vehicles.