Dr Thomas Smith is Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography at the London School of Economics, in the Department of Geography and Environment.


Tom is field scientist specialising in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the role of biomass burning (wildfires) in the Earth system. Tom enjoys highly collaborative research focusing on greenhouse gas and reactive emissions from wildland fires in tropical peatlands, savannas, and UK heathlands. He is particularly interested in complex interactions between agricultural practices, land degradation, fire emissions characteristics and their associated impacts. Tom holds a PhD in Physical Geography from King’s College London where he also worked as a Lecuturer, and has held visiting posts at the National University of Singapore, Monash University Malaysia, University of Wollongong (Australia), and Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

Research interests

  • Wildfire emissions and spread modelling
  • Tropical forest deforestation and degradation
  • UK wildfires
  • Air quality monitoring
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