KEITH BAVERSTOCK PhD, a graduate of London University, led the Radiation Protection
Programme at the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for Europe from 1991
to 2003, initially at the European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome, Italy
since its foundation in 1991. From 1998 to 2002 he set-
Prior to 1991 Dr Baverstock was at the UK Medical Research Council’s Radiobiology
Unit at Harwell, UK where he pursued a wide range of scientific research interests
related to the public and occupational health aspects of exposure to ionising radiation.
He managed and analysed the survey of UK radium luminisers, which has provided direct
information on the effects of exposure to ionising radiation at low dose rates. He
held a visiting research appointment at the Institute of Chemical and Physical Sciences,
From November 2003 to April 2005 he served on the UK Committee for Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM). His critical views of the management and conduct of the Committee, particularly in its failure to make proper use of science and its lack of adherence to the Code of Conduct in Public Life, resulted in his dismissal.
From 2007 to 2008 he was professor of health and ionising radiation in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Kuopio. Currently he is a partner in the European commission funded ARCH project the objective of which is to develop a strategic research agenda for the health effects of the Chernobyl accident.
His current research interests are in the dynamical aspects of the process by which ionising radiation and other environmental agents cause genomic instability and cancer, the effects on human health of low doses of ionising radiation and the psychosocial aspects of exposure to ionising radiation.