Hugh Davies

Affiliated Scientist

Hugh graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2002, and has been accredited as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Bard of Industrial Hygiene.
Dr. Davies is Principle Investigator of the Canadian Workplace Exposure Database Project, or CWED, a repository of nearly a half million occupational exposure measurements collected from around Canada. It is currently being used for national cancer surveillance projects and will eventually become a national research resource available to any bona fide researchers.
Dr. Davies researches chemical and physical exposures in the workplace and in the community, and how those exposures influence the health of populations. He has studied the “non-auditory” effects of noise for over a decade, investigating the role of noise at home and work on chronic health and childhood learning. His group produced the first large-scale “noise map” of a Canadian city (Vancouver). Dr. Davies has also conducted occupational health research in Bangladesh, and is an honorary professor at the Bangladesh University for Health Sciences in Dhaka.
Dr. Davies has served as Chair of the International Congress on the Biological Effects of Noise (Non-Auditory Effects Team) and is President of the Canadian Association of Research on Work and Health, as well as president of the BC Occupational and Environmental Health Network (BCEOHRN).

Key Appointments

  • Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo


  • B.Sc. (Genetics), University of Alberta (1992)
  • M.Sc. (OEH), University of British Columbia (1995)
  • Ph.D. (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of British Columbia (2002)