Research, Urban Planning, Environment and Health

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Jordi Sunyer, Again Among the Most Cited Researchers in the World

The ranking includes scientists with multiple publications within the top 1% cited in their field, over the last year

19.11.2019
ISGlobal researchers Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Jordi Sunyer
Photo: ISGlobal / Congrés de la Qualitat de l'Aire

For the second year in a row, ISGlobal researchers Mark Nieuwenhuijsen and Jordi Sunyer are among the Web of Science’s Group Highly Cited Researchers list. This prestigious ranking includes scientists whose publications are within the most cited 1% in their field, over the last year .

The Highly Cited Researchers list aims at identifying the most influential scientists across 21 disciplines, and is established every year by an expert team in bibliometry from the Institute for Scientific Information of the Web of Science group. The 2019 edition includes a total of 6,217 scientists from 60 different countries, including 23 Nobel laureates.

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen is the director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal, and of the Air Pollution and Urban Environment Programme . He has over 400 scientific publications with nearly 25,000 citations.

Jordi Sunyer directs the Childhood and Environment programme at ISGlobal, and leads the BiSC Project that investigates the effects of air pollution during pregnancy and early childhood. Throughout his scientific career, he has published almost 700 papers that have been cited more than 31,000 times.

Being among the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 is not the only thing these two researchers have in common. Both have received the John Goldsmith Award , the most important prize in the field of environmental epidemiology. Moreover, their work has a common goal: transform urban environments into healthy spaces that prioritise people’s well-being.

Sunyer’s main ongoing research line is evaluating the effects of air pollution during pregnancy and early childhood . In turn, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen is pursuing research to generate scientific evidence, tools and indicators to inform urban planning and sustainable and healthy transportation policies . His publications provide evidence on the health benefits of reducing car use, promoting public and active transportation, or of increasing contact with green spaces.