Dr Stephen Battersby is a freelance environmental health and housing consultant, and researcher. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and Royal Society for Public Health (and is now retired).
He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Healthand is currently a Vice President.
He has chaired the Pro-Housing Alliance, ARCHIVE UK (Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments) and Generation Rent (the National Private Tenants Organisation) currently he chairs the Committee of Management of the ANUK/Unipol National Code of Standards for larger student developments.
In 2014 he was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List for services to Environmental Health.
His research interests include housing conditions and health (housing as a social determinant of health); the use and enforcement of legislation to secure healthful housing; and urban rodent infestations and public health. He was an Associate of the Safe and Healthy Housing Unit at Warwick University for many years (where he was a member of the team that developed the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS)). He also helped draft the Addendum to the HHSRS Operating Guidance for MHCLG to address fire risks in high rise residential buildings with ACM cladding as a consultant to RHE Global.
He is also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Centre for Environment and Sustainability the University of Surrey.
Over the years he has also worked with Karen Buck MP on housing matters most recently in connection with the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation etc) Act and published associated reports.
He is also the current Editor of Clay's Handbook of Environmental Health (the 22nd Edition has now been published) – the standard environmental health textbook, and is the series editor for the Routledge Focus on Environmental Health series of monographsand has contributed to a number of books and reports on environmental health issues.