Researchers at the University of Birmingham

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Adaptation and Resilience

Dr Suzanne Bartington

Dr Suzanne Bartington

Clinical Research Fellow
Honorary Consultant in Public Health

Dr Suzanne Bartington is a public health clinician and environmental epidemiologist with research interests focusing on three core themes: (1) health and environmental impacts of ambient and indoor air pollution; (2) sustainable transport mobilities specifically links between active travel infrastructure and health; (3) environmental public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. ...

Email
s.bartington@bham.ac.uk

Professor Lee Chapman

Professor Lee Chapman

Professor of Climate Resilience
Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)

Lee Chapman - Research in 60 seconds videoProfessor Lee Chapman’s research interests are at the interface of climatology and engineering investigating the impact of weather and climate on the built environment; an important research area given the ever-increasing concentration (and vulnerability) of the population and critical infrastructure in urban areas. This covers a range of topics and sub-disciplines including ...

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0121 414 7435
Email
l.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emma Ferranti

Dr Emma Ferranti

Senior Research Fellow

Emma leads a range of exciting interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of infrastructure, the built environment and green infrastructure. She works with infrastructure operators nationally and internationally to understand the impact of weather on their infrastructure and support adaptation to climate change. She was a contributing author to the 2021 UK Climate Change Risk ...

Email
e.ferranti@bham.ac.uk

Professor Vincent Gauci

Professor Vincent Gauci

Birmingham Professorial Fellow

Professor Gauci investigates how the biosphere interacts with the atmosphere and he explores questions relating to how these interactions respond to various drivers of global change.

Email
v.gauci@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rebekah Lucas

Dr Rebekah Lucas

Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health

Dr Rebekah Lucas is an integrative physiologist who is interested in how exercise and environmental medicine translates to clinical medicine and public health. Her research examines human tolerance and adaptation to physical and environmental stressors, with a particular focus on thermal vascular physiology.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8748
Email
r.a.i.lucas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Neelambari Phalkey

Dr Neelambari Phalkey

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Phalkey is an interdisciplinary researcher in climate vulnerability and resilience to natural hazards in the global south. She brings ten years of research experience from district, national and international level through her academic and research work in a university, think tank organisations and the NGO sector. She is also a published photographer and filmmaker. Currently, she is the lead ...

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+44 (0)1214147261
Email
n.phalkey@bham.ac.uk

 

Nature

Professor William Bloss

Professor William Bloss

Professor of Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric processing affects the current and future composition of our air, with impacts upon human and environmental health, air quality and climate.

My group's work improves scientific understanding of the causes of poor air quality, and hence the development of effective policy measures for Clean Air.  We focus upon the sources of atmospheric pollutants, and the chemical ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4173 (Research Office)
Email
w.j.bloss@bham.ac.uk

Dr Berta Bonet

Dr Berta Bonet

Research Fellow

Dr Berta Bonet is an ecotoxicologist interested in how stress (anthropogenic and/or environmental) affect aquatic ecosystems performance among other scientific interests. Her current research focuses on the effects of the climate change (increase of temperature) on fluvial biofilms at different levels (molecular, functional and structural) and how this environmental change can modulate ...

Email
b.bonet@bham.ac.uk

Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert

Lecturer in Global Forest Ecology

Adriane Esquivel Muelbert investigates how forests respond to different global change forces and what the implications of these responses are on biodiversity and global biogeochemical cycles. Her work demonstrates the importance of drought tolerance in shaping diversity and composition across Neotropical tree communities and provides evidence that Amazonian forests are changing as a ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8306
Email
a.esquivelmuelbert@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Hannah

Professor David Hannah

Professor of Hydrology
College Director of Research

Water Crisis - Birmingham HeroesProfessor David Hannah - Research in 60 seconds videoDavid is a physical geographer with interdisciplinary research interests focusing on three complementary themes within hydroclimatology (interface between hydrology-climatology): (1) hydroclimatological processes within alpine, Arctic, mountain and glacierized river basins; (2) climate and river flow regimes; and (3) river energy budget and water temperaturedynamics. He has cross-cutting ...

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+44 (0)121 41 47931 (Helen Jones, PA)/+44 (0)121 41 46925 (for own research)
Email
d.m.hannah@bham.ac.uk

Professor Dr Stefan Krause

Professor Dr Stefan Krause

Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry

Water Crisis - Birmingham HeroesProfessor Dr Stefan Krause is Professor of Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. His interdisciplinary research group on coupled groundwater and surface water systems investigates the multifaceted impacts of global environmental change on hydrological fluxes, biogeochemical cycling and contaminant transport, and ecohydrological ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5535
Email
s.krause@bham.ac.uk

Professor Gregor C. Leckebusch

Professor Gregor C. Leckebusch

Professor of Meteorology and Climatology
Director of CENTA (NERC DTP)

Professor Gregor Leckebusch is a leading expert in natural science research on meteorological and climatological extreme events and related impact assessments. He played a key role in multiple national and international interdisciplinary projects dedicated to natural variability of and anthropogenic changes in extremes and impacts. Focus of his actual research is a better understanding of ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45518
Email
g.c.leckebusch@bham.ac.uk

Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

Lecturer in Plant Pathology

Originally from Spain, Dr Estrella Luna-Diez is a plant pathologist working in the UK since early 2009. Her work is aimed towards plant protection and biosecurity. Dr Luna-Diez studies the sophisticated immune system of plants in order to exploit their resistance capacity to a maximum.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8699
Email
e.lunadiez@bham.ac.uk

Professor Iseult Lynch

Professor Iseult Lynch

Professor of Environmental Nanosciences
Theme lead for Environmental Sciences

Iseult Lynch is an Associate Editor for Environmental Science: Nano, and Deputy director for the Facility for Environmental Nanomaterials Analysis and Characterisation (FENAC) at the University of Birmingham.  Her research focuses on the environmental interactions of nanoparticles and nanostructured surfaces with biological entities from macromolecules to organisms.

She has a very ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5532
Email
i.lynch@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rob MacKenzie

Professor Rob MacKenzie

Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research
Professor of Atmospheric Science

60 second video iconRob MacKenzie is an atmospheric scientist with a particular interest in how plants affect air composition. Watch a video of him describing one aspect of his research in 60 seconds by clicking on the play icon above. 

As a result of a £15M grant, the University of Birmingham has set up the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR), of which Rob is delighted to be ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6142
Email
a.r.mackenzie@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nigel Maxted

Professor Nigel Maxted

Chair in Plant Genetic Conservation

Nigel Maxted is Professor of Plant Genetic Conservation, with specific expertise in in situ and ex situ conservation related to crops, their wild relative and other socio-economically important plants.

Nigel has led National, European and International crop, their wild relative and other socio-economically important plant conservation projects with funding from international (FAO, GEF, Bioversity ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45571
Email
n.maxted@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luisa Orsini

Dr Luisa Orsini

Associate Professor in BioSystems and Environmental Change
Alan Turing Fellow, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Founder of EnviSion, University of Birmingham Enterprise

Dr Luisa Orsiniis an Associate Professor in Biosystems and Environmental Change at the University of Birmingham (UoB). She uses multidisciplinary science to understand evolutionary processes and mechanisms that enable freshwater communities, responsible for delivering critical ecosystem services (e.g. clean water, nutrient cycling, food provisioning) to persist in the face of human impact. ...

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+44 (0)121 4145894
Email
l.orsini@bham.ac.uk

Dr Martin Widmann

Dr Martin Widmann

Senior Lecturer in climate science

Dr Martin Widmann is a climate scientist. His current main research area is regional climate change, in particular the development and validation of statistical downscaling methods. He also studies past climates; the main activity in this field is the development of data assimilation methods to combine climate simulations with empirical knowledge from proxy data.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45553
Email
m.widmann@bham.ac.uk

Energy transitions

Professor Paul Anderson

Professor Paul Anderson

Professor of Strategic Elements and Materials Sustainability
Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials

Paul Anderson is Professor of Strategic Elements and Materials Sustainability and the Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials.

Paul has published close to 100 research papers in scientific journals as well as reviews, book chapters and patents in the fields of porous framework materials, nanowires and nanoparticles, and hydrogen storage materials. He ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 4447
Email
p.a.anderson@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Boardman

Dr David Boardman

Head of Strategic Projects for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Deputy Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)
Fellow of the Institute for Knowledge Transfer

Dr David Boardman is a Head of Strategic Projects for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Deputy Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI).

Whilst  developing his career at Birmingham he led the Birmingham team that helped to deliver the national Mini-Waste Faraday Partnership, the national Waste Minimisation Knowledge Transfer Network and the national Environmental ...

Professor Martin Freer

Professor Martin Freer

Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)
Director of the Energy Research Accelerator

Professor Martin Freer is a nuclear physicist, and Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute  (BEI) at the University of Birmingham. He is also Director of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA), which comprises eight internationally-renowned Midlands universities which are part of the Midlands Innovation partnership, together with the British Geological Survey.

Martin is former ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 4565 /PA: +44 (0) 121 414 4564
Email
freerm@adf.bham.ac.uk

Dr Gavin Harper

Dr Gavin Harper

Faraday Institution Research Fellow

Gavin Harper is a Research Fellow on the Met4Tech UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Technology Metals, previously he was a  Faraday Institution Research Fellow on the ReLiB (Recycling and Reuse of Lithium Ion Batteries) at the University of Birmingham. 

His research currently concerns the circular economy of technology metals, with a particular focus on the ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 8940
Email
g.d.j.harper@bham.ac.uk

Professor Toby Peters

Professor Toby Peters

Professor in Cold Economy

An award-winning technology developer (Liquid Air Energy Storage/Highview Power and the Dearman Engine), Toby leads the University's Birmingham Energy Institute’s activity around the Cold Economy and Clean Cooling and Cold-chains (for food and vaccines /pharma) and is recognised as one of the main architects of a growing UK and International understanding and realisation of the need for ...

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+44 (0) 7833 601028
Email
t.peters@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

Reader in Energy Systems and Policy
Fellow of the Institute for Global Innovation, Resilient Cities theme lead

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe is a Reader in Energy Systems and Policy, leading an interdisciplinary research team. His research interests are in energy system technology, policy and innovation, in particular the role of energy storage. He also leads the Resilient Cities theme of the Institute for Global Innovation, working with colleagues across the university to investigate the drivers of urban ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 3685
Email
j.radcliffe@bham.ac.uk

Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Professor Robert Steinberger-Wilckens

Professor in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Research
Director of the Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fuel Cells and their Fuels

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens is Professor for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen research in Chemical Engineering. He is director of the research Fuel Cell and Hydrogen group and the Centre for Doctoral Training Fuel Cells and their Fuels, which is run by the universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Loughborough, Imperial College, and University College of London.

He works and has worked in many areas ...

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+44 (0) 121 415 8169
Email
r.steinbergerwilckens@bham.ac.uk

Professor Allan Walton

Professor Allan Walton

Professor of Critical and Magnetic Materials
Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials

Professor Allan Walton has expertise in processing of permanent magnetic materials, solid state hydrogen storage materials, hydrogen processing of materials, coating technologies, hydrogen purification membranes and recycling of rare earth materials.  Allan is Professor of Critical and Magnetic Materials and is the ex-chair of the UK Magnetics Society.

He has published over 35 papers in ...

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(+44) (0) 121 414 5195
Email
a.walton@bham.ac.uk

Clean transport

Dr Stuart Hillmansen

Dr Stuart Hillmansen

Reader in Railway Traction Systems

Stuart Hillmansen is a Reader in Railway Traction Systems and Head of the Traction Research Group within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering.

The group are part of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

Stuart has over 50 research publications in scientific journals, conferences, and publically available reports. He has a wide teaching portfolio, ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 4289
Email
s.hillmansen@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Jaroszweski

Dr David Jaroszweski

Research Fellow

Dr David Jaroszweski researches the impacts of weather and potential impacts of climate change on transport systems. This research adopts a multidisciplinary approach and includes assessing the current relationships between weather and transport failure, the potential impact of climate change and the effect that concurrent socio-economic change may have on the future resilience of transport ...

Email
d.j.jaroszweski@bham.ac.uk

Professor Clive Roberts

Professor Clive Roberts

Professor of Railway Systems
Head of School of Engineering
Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education Lead for the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network

Clive is Professor of Railway Systems and Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham.  He is Director of the University’s Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, which has over 180 researchers. He works extensively with the railway industry and academia in Britain and overseas. 

Clive leads a broad portfolio of research aimed at improving the ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 4306
Email
c.roberts.20@bham.ac.uk

Business, law and finance

Dr Nana Osei Bonsu

Dr Nana Osei Bonsu

Research Fellow (Responsible Business - Sustainability)

Nana's professional and research interests relate to sustainability policy and governance frameworks required to transition towards a responsible and sustainable future. This includes environmental sustainability issues, e.g. ambient air pollution and their impact on public health in Low-Medium Income Countries (LMICs).

His current problem-solving oriented research focuses on Circular Economy, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4698
Email
n.obonsu@bham.ac.uk

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski

Professor of Environmental Law
College Director of Global Engagement

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski’s research interests are in the field of environmental law and EU law, including certain aspects of public international law. Her research agenda is inter-disciplinary and explores the intersection of law and other disciplines, in particular politics, science, public policy and language. Aleksandra is the College of Arts and Law Director of Global ...

Email
a.cavoski@bham.ac.uk

Professor Hisham Farag

Professor Hisham Farag

Business School Director of Research
Professor of Finance
Founding Director of the Sustainable Financial Innovation Research Centre (SFIC)

Hisham Farag is Professor of Finance and Director of Research at Birmingham Business School. He is also the Founding Director of the Sustainable Financial Innovation Research Centre (SFIC).

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3101
Email
h.farag@bham.ac.uk

Professor Ian Thomson

Professor Ian Thomson

Director, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business

Ian Thomson is Director of Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business. He is also Convenor of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

Professor Ian Thomson is also a part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics.  This unique team ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 6777
Email
i.thomson@bham.ac.uk

Built environment

Professor Nigel Cassidy

Professor Nigel Cassidy

Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering

Nigel Cassidy has over 30 years’ academic and industrial experience in near-surface geophysics, geotechnical engineering and numerical modelling. His research focuses on the development of remote monitoring, modelling and inversion techniques to solve practical environmental and geo-engineering problems.

Nigel has published 70+ peer-reviewed international journal papers, articles and book ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 5146
Email
n.j.cassidy@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nicole Metje

Professor Nicole Metje

Professor of Infrastructure Monitoring
Head of the Power and Infrastructure Research Group
Head of Enterprise, Engagement & Impact, School of Engineering

Nicole Metje is the Head of Enterprise, Engagement and Impact and Head of the Power and Infrastructure Research Group within the School of Engineering, and the Deputy Director for Sensors of the UKCRIC National Buried Infrastructure Facility at Birmingham.

Nicole is an international leader in the development and application of sensors for (buried) infrastructure assessment ...

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 4182
Email
n.metje@bham.ac.uk