Dr. Helen Freeman


Dr Helen Freeman is the network coordinator for the Future Urban Ventilation Network (FUVN), a UKRI funded research network, under the SPF Clean Air Programme (PI Prof. Cath Noakes). FUVN brings together researchers and practitioners across the UK to develop a new “Breathing City” methodology to manage exposure to air pollution by considering the airflows between indoor and outdoor environments. She works Monday Tuesday and Friday in this role.

In 2021 Helen held a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology working on a research briefing associated with low carbon building materials.The output of this fellowship was a POSTbrief titled ‘Reducing the whole life carbon impact of buildings

Prior to this she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in materials science and electron microscopy at the University of Leeds (2018-2020) and the German research centre for geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam (2016-2018). She has a BSc in Physics (2010) and a Masters in Environmental Energy and Engineering (2011) from the University of Manchester. She completed her PhD in radiation damage of nuclear graphite at the University of Leeds (2016).


  • Network Coordinator for Breathing City: Future Urban Ventilation Network

Research interests





  • BSc Physics, University of Manchester
  • MSc Sustainable and Environmental Technology, University of Manchester
  • Space Studies Programme, International Space University
  • PhD Nuclear Engineering, University of Leeds

Professional memberships

  • IOP
  • RMS
  • IOM3

Research groups and institutes

  • Cities, Infrastructure and Energy