Professor George Havenith
Dean of Loughborough Design School
Professor of Environmental Physiology and Ergonomics
Tel +44 (0)1509 223031
Location CC1.03…James France building
Professor George Havenith, PhD, FIEHF, is Director of the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre. He has a Chair in Environmental Ergonomics and Physiology.
Professor George Havenith studied Mathematical Biology and Human Physiology at Utrecht University, after which he joined the TNO-Human Factors Institute in the Netherlands. There he worked for 14 years in the area of Human Thermal Physiology and Clothing Science, at the end heading the Thermal Physiology group. In this period he also worked for one year at Pennsylvania State University, and gained his PhD in Medical Physiology from Nijmegen University, studying physiological responses to heat stress, and producing a simulation model that allowed the impact of individual characteristics of people on their heat stress response to be studied.
At Loughborough University where he now is Director of the Environmental Ergonomics Research Centre, his research covers two main topic areas, one being Human Thermal Physiology / Environmental Ergonomics, and the other being heat and mass (vapour) transfer through clothing. Though these are quite distinct subject areas in terms of research methods and knowledge background, they interact in most research application projects, and are then also supplemented with a third area: clothing ergonomics.
His special contribution to these fields is the multidisciplinary integration of physiology, physics and ergonomics. His work spans experimental studies, to the development of theoretical frameworks to explain observations, and subsequently to the final application of the knowledge in the field. He produced a number of key papers in these areas, with several of his research methods and clothing heat transfer equations now incorporated in ISO and EN standards.
Many of his research projects and publications involve partners from abroad. He has published widely (over 250 publications in scientific books, journals and conference proceedings as well as over 100 consultancy research reports). He is an editor of the 'European Journal of Applied Physiology', international editor for the' Journal of the Human-Environment System', and on the editorial board of 'Ergonomics', 'International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics' and 'Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology'.
He is a fellow of the Ergonomics Society, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Chairman of the European Society for Protective Clothing, and member of numerous committees and professional organisations.
He advises a number of renowned international companies on thermal physiology and clothing science.
- PSC219 Human Performance at Environmental Extremes
- DSP104 Environmental Ergonomics
- DSP105 Health Effects of Environmental Stressors
- DSA103 The Body at Work
DSC502 - Human Factors in Systems Design C
Thermal physiology: individual differences in human response to extreme climates, acclimation, comfort; clothing physics and clothing-wearer interaction; models of human physiology (thermoregulation, respiration); performance at altitude and in air pollution.
View example projects on Professor George Havenith's website.
Ravanelli, Nicholas M.; Simon G. Hodder, George Havenith, Ollie Jay (2015) Heart Rate and Body Temperature Responses to Extreme Heat and Humidity With and Without Electric Fans, JAMA. 2015;313(7):724-725. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.153.
Filingeri D, D Fournet, S Hodder, G Havenith (2014) Body mapping of cutaneous wetness perception across the human torso during thermo-neutral and warm environmental exposures. Journal of Applied Physiology 117 (8), 887-897
Filingeri D, D Fournet, S Hodder, G Havenith (2014) Why wet feels wet? A neurophysiological model of human cutaneous wetness sensitivity. Journal of neurophysiology 112 (6), 1457-1469
Gerrett N, Ouzzahra Y, Coleby S, Hobbs S, Redortier B, Voelcker T, Havenith G (2014) Thermal sensitivity to warmth during rest and exercise: a sex comparison. Eur J Appl Physiol 08 Apr 2014 DOI 10.1007/s00421-014-2875-0.
Ke Y, Li J & Havenith G (2014) An improved experimental method for local clothing ventilation measurement, International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 44(1):75-81 Jan 2014
Richmond VL, D M Wilkinson, S D Blacker, F E Horner, J Carter, G Havenith and M P Rayson, (2013) Insulated skin temperature as a measure of core body temperature for individuals wearing CBRN protective clothing, Physiological Measurement (34)11, 1531-1543 doi:10.1088/0967-3334/34/11/1531
Faulkner SH, Ferguson RA, Gerrett N, Hupperets M, Hodder SG, Havenith G, Reducing muscle temperature drop after warm-up improves sprint cycling performance. Journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 45, Issue 2, Publication date Feb 2013, DOI 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31826fba7f, eISSN 1530-0315
Ouzzahra Y, Havenith G , Redortier B, Regional distribution of thermal sensitivity to cold at rest and during mild exercise in males, Journal of Thermal Biology, Volume 37, Issue 7, Publication date Nov 2012, DOI 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2012.06.003, ISSN 0306-4565, eISSN 1879-0992
Smith CJ, Havenith G, Body mapping of sweating patterns in athletes: a sex comparison. Journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Volume 44, Issue 12, Publication date Dec 2012, DOI 10.1249/MSS.0b013e318267b0c4, eISSN 1530-0315