Environment, food and rural affairs

Environment, food and rural affairs are a major focus for the University and for policy makers. These researchers are actively engaging with the policy process and would welcome further engagement from policy makers. 

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
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p.a.anderson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Anthony Arnull

Professor Anthony Arnull

Barber Professor of Jurisprudence

Anthony Arnull specialises in the law of the European Union. He worked at the European Court of Justice from 1989-92 and was Head of Birmingham Law School between 2006 and 2009. He was Acting Head of the College of Arts & Law at Birmingham from April to August 2015. Professor Arnull is the author of The General Principles of EEC Law and the Individual (Leicester University Press, 1990); The ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 6295
Email
a.m.arnull@bham.ac.uk

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 ...

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

Professor Kai Bongs

Professor Kai Bongs

Principle Investigator of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing
College Director of Innovation
Chair in Cold Atoms; Lead of Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre

Professor Kai Bongs is Principle Investigator at the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, where he helps to drives the translation of gravity sensors and ultra-precise clocks into technology and applications across a diverse number of sectors, including climate, communications, energy, transport and urban development. Professor Bongs is also Director of Innovation at the College of ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 8278
Email
k.bongs@bham.ac.uk

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 ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 5146
Email
n.j.cassidy@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 ...

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a.cavoski@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Chapman

Professor David Chapman

Professor of Geotechnical and Underground Engineering

David Chapman is Professor of Geotechnical and Underground Engineering. He is also the Technical Director for the National Buried Infrastructure Facility currently being developed at the University of Birmingham, which is part of the UK wide government funded project UKCRIC (UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities).

His research interests lie in the area of underground ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 5150
Email
d.n.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Professor Henry Chapman

Professor Henry Chapman

Professor of Archaeology

Henry’s research interests centre on the later prehistoric period, and particularly the relationships between human activity and environmental change within past landscapes and focusing on wetland sites. He specialises in the use of digital technologies to enable the modelling and analysis of the wide range of information required for such study to engage with past sites and landscapes.

Thi ...

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+44(0)121 45505
Email
h.chapman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Juliet Coates

Dr Juliet Coates

Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics

Dr Coates's research interest is in understanding plant development and evolution. Her team uses Arabidopsis, moss and seaweeds as model organisms to address fundamental questions about how plants made the transition to land. Recent "research highlights" include uncovering new molecular mechanisms that enabled early-diverging land plants to disperse and colonise the earth, identifying new genes ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45478
Email
j.c.coates@bham.ac.uk

Anton Fischer

Anton Fischer

Lecturer

Anton has joined Birmingham Law School as Lecturer in 2019. Besides teaching, Anton has practiced UK law as well as Austrian law as a dual qualified lawyer, focussing on Corporate/Commercial Law, International Trade Law and BREXIT. At Birmingham Law School Anton lectures on International Commercial Law and acts as a module lead of several International Commercial Law LL.M. modules offered by the ...

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a.fischer@bham.ac.uk

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 ...

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

Professor Stuart Harrad

Professor Stuart Harrad

Professor of Environmental Chemistry

Stuart is an environmental chemist whose research addresses all aspects of the environmental sources, fate and behaviour of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). He has particular interests in human exposure to POPs with a focus on indoor pathways. He is also active in research that explores the environmental forensics utility of chirality.

Stuart is part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an ...

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+44 (0)121 41 47298
Email
s.j.harrad@bham.ac.uk

Professor Roy Harrison

Professor Roy Harrison

Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health

Roy Harrison’s research interests lie in the field of environment and human health. His main specialism is in air pollution, from emissions through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations to exposure and effects on human health. Much of this work is designed to inform the development of policy.

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+44 (0)121 41 43494
Email
r.m.harrison@bham.ac.uk

Emeritus Professor Andreas Hornung

Emeritus Professor Andreas Hornung

Senior Expert Bioeconomy, Fraunhofer Umsicht
Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham

In April 2021, Professor Andreas Hornung was appointed Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham.

Andreas Hornung holds 21 patents and has published more than 340 scientific publications to date.

The main strategic topic of Hornung’s work today is the development of decentralized power providing units combined with pyrolysis, gasification and digestion units – called the ...

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+49 9661 8155-500
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andreas.hornung@umsicht.fraunhofer.de

Professor Anson Jack

Professor Anson Jack

Director, International Railway Benchmarking

Professor Jack works within BCRRE to promote international railway benchmarking and other research, and to develop the extensive international relationships the University has already established across the globe.

He began his career at British Rail where he joined as a graduate trainee in 1979. He also worked at Railtrack and Network Rail, before joining RSSB in 2003. His credentials also ...

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+44 (0) 121 415 8511/+44 (0) 7901 977455
Email
a.c.r.jack@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 ...

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+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 ...

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

Professor David Maddison

Professor David Maddison

Professor of Economics

Professor David Maddison is Director of the Birmingham Centre for Environmental and Energy Economics and Management (BCEEEM). He is also co-editor of the journal Climate Change Economics.

David Maddison is 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 ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 6653
Email
d.j.maddison@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 ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45571
Email
n.maxted@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 ...

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

Dr Walters Nsoh

Dr Walters Nsoh

Senior Lecturer in Law
Programme Director, Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law

Dr Walters Nsoh is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham. His research relates primarily to the intersection between property (land) law and environmental law, the legal and policy challenges to nature conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources. His book The Privatisation of Biodiversity? - New Approaches to Conservation Law(Edward Elgar Publishing 2016) ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3106
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w.nsoh@bham.ac.uk

Professor Fiona Nunan

Professor Fiona Nunan

Professor of Environment and Development

Fiona's interests and experience focus on natural resource governance and management in developing country settings, particularly within inland fisheries and coastal locations in East and Southern Africa, and on exploring the links between poverty and the environment.

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+44 (0) 121 414 3061
Email
f.s.nunan@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jonathan Oldfield

Professor Jonathan Oldfield

Reader in Russian Environmental Studies
Head of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Jon Oldfield’s research is primarily focussed on an exploration of Russian understandings of physical natural systems. His current research has three main strands: Soviet climate science and its intellectual legacies, the science of geoengineering in the Soviet /Russian contexts, and Russian engagements with the Anthropocene as an empirical and conceptual entity. This research is ...

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+44 (0)121 414 2943
Email
j.d.oldfield@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 Ian Phillips

Dr Ian Phillips

Teaching Fellow

Ian Phillips is best known for writing the most comprehensive account of the 1973 Isle of Man Summerland fire disaster, which can be obtained by going to summerlandfiredisaster.co.uk. He gained his BSc Geography degree from the University of Birmingham in 1995, before continuing at the University to complete an MSc in Meteorology and Climatology and a PhD in Geography. Ian has been ...

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+44 (0)121 414 5552
Email
i.d.phillips@bham.ac.uk

Dr Thomas Pugh

Dr Thomas Pugh

Reader in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange

Tom Pugh is a scientist interested in interactions and feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and the global climate system, which he primarily investigates using computer models and big data synthesis. Read more about Tom's research at bioatmo.wordpress.com.

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+44 (0)121 414 8306
Email
t.a.m.pugh@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 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

Professor Chris Rogers

Professor Chris Rogers

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Chris Rogers spent three years in the civil engineering industry, becoming a chartered engineer as a result of this practical experience, before returning to academia to research pipeline soil-structure interaction.  He lectured at Nottingham and Loughborough Universities before taking up his current position at the University of Birmingham in 1998.  His research portfolio is dominated ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 5066
Email
c.d.f.rogers@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 Mark Sterling

Professor Mark Sterling

Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor (Staffing)
Beale Professor of Civil Engineering

Mark Sterling ice fellowsProfessor Sterling has research interests in Fluid Dynamics, Wind Engineering and Water Engineering. His research in Water Engineering is mainly directed towards understanding and evaluating the conveyance capacity of rivers, while within the field of Wind Engineering he has carved out two distinct areas of research, namely the effect of wind on plants and the effects of extreme wind events. He ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 5065
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m.sterling@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rustam Stolkin

Professor Rustam Stolkin

Chair in Robotics
Royal Society Industry Fellow

Professor Rustam Stolkin serves as the Chair in Robotics and Royal Society Industry Fellow in the School of Metallurgy and Materials. He leads the Extreme Robotics Lab (ERL), Europe's most prominent university research lab dedicated to nuclear and other extreme environment applications of advanced robotics and AI.

Rustam is an interdisciplinary engineer with diverse research interests, although ...

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r.stolkin@cs.bham.ac.uk

Dr Jussi Suikkanen

Dr Jussi Suikkanen

Reader in Philosophy

I am a Reader in Philosophy here at the University of Birmingham, where I have worked since September 2010. I have a wide range of interests in philosophy. Whilst my own research (described below) mainly focuses on the more theoretical side of moral philosophy in metaethics and normative ethics, I am also interested in philosophy of language, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and ...

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+44 (0)121 414 5775
Email
j.v.suikkanen@bham.ac.uk

Professor Susannah Thorpe

Professor Susannah Thorpe

Professor of Zoology
Head of Research

Susannah Thorpe is Professor of Zoology and Head of Research for the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research employs a multidisciplinary approach in primate behavioural ecology to reveal how primates interact with complex natural habitats and the environmental constraints that steer their evolution. Her career has been predominantly based on revealing core ...

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+44 (0)121 41 45040
Email
s.k.thorpe@bham.ac.uk

Professor Athanasios (Thanos) Tsolakis

Professor Athanasios (Thanos) Tsolakis

Chair in Thermodynamics
School Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer

Athanasios Tsolakis is Professor of Thermodynamics and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the School of Engineering.  Thanos has published over 150 research papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings in the areas of fuels and fuel treatments, low carbon and carbon free energy carriers, combustion and vehicle emissions control technologies such as environmental ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 4170
Email
a.tsolakis@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

Professor Hongming Xu

Professor Hongming Xu

Chair in Energy and Automotive Engineering
Head of Vehicle and Engine Technology Centre

Hongming Xu is Professor of Energy and Automotive Engineering and Head of Vehicle and Engine Technology Centre. He has 6 years of industrial experience with Jaguar Land Rover and Premier Automotive Group of Ford. Formerly member of Ford HCCI, Global Steering Committee, project manager and technical leader of the UK Foresight Vehicle LINK projects, CHARGE and CHASE between 2002 and 2007. He ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 4153
Email
h.m.xu@bham.ac.uk

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang

Chair in Electrical Power Systems
Director of Smart Grid, Birmingham Energy Institute
Co-Director, Birmingham Energy Storage Centre (sponsored by EPSRC)

Xiao-Ping Zhang is a Professor of Electrical Power Systems, Director of Smart Grid, Birmingham Energy Institute, and Co-Director of Birmingham Energy Storage Centre sponsored by UK, and Head of the Electrical Power & Control Systems Group

Professor Zhang has been conducting active research in the fields of Energy Union, Global Power & Energy Internet, Super Power ...

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+44 (0)121 414 4298
Email
x.p.zhang@bham.ac.uk