Ian Cousins

External Relations Coordinator
Room: T526
Phone: + 46 8 16 4012
Mobile: + 46 72 148 9232

Research Interests and Biographical Information

Research Interests. My research comprises a combination of experimental and modelling approaches to investigate the sources, transport, fate and exposure of contaminants. In recent years, much of my research has focused on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). I work closely with analytical chemists in our department to better understand the behaviour of PFAS and other substances.

Biographical Information. I earned a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry at the University of York (1989) and a Master’s degree in Environmental Management at the University of Surrey (1991) before working as an Environmental Chemist in the water industry for 4 years (1991-1995). I returned to academia and earned a PhD at Lancaster University (1998), then worked as a Postdoc in Contaminant Fate Modelling at Trent University in Canada (1998-2001), and as a Visiting Researcher in Contaminant Fate Modelling at Stockholm University (2002-2004). I took a position as Assistant Professor at Stockholm University in 2004, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008 and Full Professor in 2012. I have published 188 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters, which have been well cited (designated as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2018 and 2020). In 2020, we kicked off the PERFORCE3 project, which is a Europe-wide multi-partner doctoral research training programme in the field of PFAS coordinated by Stockholm University and funded by H2020. In 2021, we kicked off the ZeroPM project, which is a multipartner research project funded by H2020 and targeting PFAS and vPvB/PMT substances. I previously worked as Associate Editor of Chemosphere (2012-2018) and became Associate Editor of Environmental Science and Technology in 2020 and Associate Editor of Environmental Au in 2021.

Latest scientific papers

Letter to the editor regarding Collard et al. (2023): “Persistence and mobility (defined as organic-carbon partitioning) do not correlate to the detection of substances found in surface and groundwater: Criticism of the regulatory concept of persistent and mobile substances”

Arp, H.P.H.; Wolf, R.; Hale, S.E.; Baskaran, S.; Glüge, J.; Scheringer, M.; Trier, X.; Cousins, I.T.; Timmer, H.; Hofman-Caris, R.; Lennquist, A.; Bannink, A.D.; Stroomberg, G.J.; Sjerps, R.M.A; Montes, R.; Rodil, R.; Quintana, J.B.; Zahn, D.; Gallard, H.; Moh, T.; Neumann, M.
2023 | Sci. Total Environ. | 165927 (XXX-XXX)

Managing PMT/vPvM Substances in Consumer Products through the Concepts of Essential-use and Functional Substitution: a Case-Study for Cosmetics

van Dijk, J.; Figuière, R.; Dekker, S.C.; van Wezel, A.; Cousins, I.T.
2023 | Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts | 25 (1067-1081)

Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling: a source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the environment?

Rensmö, A.; Savvidou, E.; Cousins, I.T.; Hu, X.; Benskin, J.P.; Schellenberger, S.
2023 | Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts | 25 (1015-1030)

Horizontal and Vertical Distribution of Perfluoroalkyl Acids (PFAAs) in the Water Column of the Atlantic Ocean

Savvidou, E.K; Sha, B.; Salter, M.E.; Cousins, I.T.; Johansson, J.H.
2023 | Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. | 10 (5) (418-424)

ACS Environmental Au Best Paper Awards 2021–2022

Li, X.; Cousins, I.T.; Hornbuckle, K.C.
2023 | ACS Environ. Au | 3 (2) (56-57)

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