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. 

Mr John Adenitire

Mr John Adenitire

Lecturer

John joined Birmingham Law School as a lecturer in September 2018. Prior to this, he was an AHRC-DTP funded PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on the right to exemption for religious and non-religious conscientious objectors from a wide variety of legal obligations (including anti-discrimination norms). More generally, his research and teaching interests lie ...

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(0)121 414 9240
Email
o.j.adenitire.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Paul Anderson

Dr Paul Anderson

Reader in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry
Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Strategic Elements and Critical Materials

Paul Anderson is a Reader in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry and leader of the Materials Chemistry Research Theme in the School of Chemistry.

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 has received major research ...

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+44 (0) 121 414 4447
Email
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

Dr Jakub Beneš

Dr Jakub Beneš

Lecturer in Modern European History, 1800-1950

Modern east central Europe, workers’ and peasants’ movements, war and society.

Email
j.benes@bham.ac.uk

Professor William Bloss

Professor William Bloss

Head of School
Professor of Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric processing controls the current and future composition of our atmosphere, and affects human and environmental health, air quality and climate. My research group addresses three areas of atmospheric chemistry central to these impacts :

  • Measurement and interpretation of ozone production in the atmospheric boundary layer
  • Sources and sinks for atmospheric oxidants: Impacts upon urban ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7455 (Eileen Jackson, PA)/+44 (0)121 414 4173 (Research Office)
Email
w.j.bloss@bham.ac.uk

Professor Kai Bongs

Professor Kai Bongs

Director of UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology
Professor of Cold Atoms Physics
Chair in Cold Atoms; Lead of Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre

Professor Kai Bongs is Director of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, where he 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.

He alsoleads the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre at the University of ...

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

Dr Lloyd Brown

Dr Lloyd Brown

Lecturer

Lloyd researches in the area of environmental law, with a primary focus on the contaminated land regime under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Prior to his appointment to the position of Teaching Fellow, Lloyd was a Lecturer-in-Law at Cardiff University, and a Visiting Lecturer-in-Law at the University of Birmingham. He teaches Trusts Law at Birmingham Law School, as well as a ...

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(0)121 414 7487
Email
l.a.brown@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 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
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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, and identifying new ...

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

Professor Martin Freer

Professor Martin Freer

Head of Physics and Astronomy
Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)

10888 BEI Logo-BLACKProfessor Martin Freer is head of Nuclear Physics, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research at the University of Birmingham.

His main research area is the study of the structure of light nuclei, using nuclear reactions. This research is performed at international facilities worldwide. In addition, he is actively engaged in ...

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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)
Email
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.

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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

Professor Andreas Hornung

Professor Andreas Hornung

Professor of Bioenergy

Professor Andreas Hornung has been appointed for the chair in Bioenergy. 

Andreas Hornung holds 19 patents and has published more than 150 scientific publications to date. His institutes employed in 2014 about 120 staff members and are doing applied research in various sustainable topics.

The main strategic topic of Hornung’s work today is the development of decentralized power ...

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+49 9661 908 408

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 Robert Lee

Professor Robert Lee

Professor
Head of Birmingham Law School
CEPLER Director

Professor Robert Lee is Head of the Law School and the Director of the Centre for Legal Education and Research  at the University of Birmingham. He has acted as specialist adviser to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales and has worked for the Department for the Environment in Northern Ireland (drafting ...

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0121 414 5864
Email
r.g.lee@bham.ac.uk

Professor Iseult Lynch

Professor Iseult Lynch

Professor of Environmental Nanosciences
Theme lead for Environmental Sciences

Professor Iseult Lynch, Chair of Environmental Nanosciences, joined the academic staff at the University of Birmingham in March 2013.

She 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 ...

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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 Nicole Metje

Professor Nicole Metje

Professor of Infrastructure Monitoring
Head of the Power and Infrastructure Research Group

Nicole Metje is the 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 and monitoring. She delivers demonstrable impact ...

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

Dr Walters Nsoh

Dr Walters Nsoh

Lecturer in Law
Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research (Admissions and Funding)

Dr Walters Nsoh is a 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
Email
w.nsoh@bham.ac.uk

Professor Fiona Nunan

Professor Fiona Nunan

Professor of Environment and Development
Director of the International Development Department

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

Dr Jonathan Oldfield

Dr Jonathan Oldfield

Reader in Russian Environmental Studies

Jon Oldfield’s research explores Russian understandings of physical natural systems with a specific focus on the work and ideas of Russian physical geographers during the late tsarist and Soviet periods. He is currently examining the development of Soviet climate science via the work of the climatologist M.I. Budyko. His research is funded by the ESRC, AHRC and British Academy.

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+44 (0)121 414 2943
Email
j.d.oldfield@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luisa Orsini

Dr Luisa Orsini

Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change
Director of the Environmental Omics Sequencing Facility, University of Birmingham

My research aims to identify evolutionary responses of aquatic organisms to climatic and other anthropogenic changes and predict species adaptive potential, hence survival, to future changes. To meet this goal I study the keystone species Daphnia magna, widespread in freshwater ecosystems and sentinel for water quality. One of the most fascinating aspects of D. magnalife cycle is the production ...

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

Dr Wouter Peeters

Dr Wouter Peeters

Lecturer in Global Ethics

I am a Lecturer in Global Ethics. My main interests are in climate change, environmental sustainability, social justice, cosmopolitanism and bioethics. I also dabble in intersubjective ethics and recognition theory.

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+44 (0) 121 414 8525
Email
w.peeters@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 clicking on the Research button below. 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 on ...

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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 with a keen interest in interactions and feedbacks between the terrestrial biosphere and the global climate system, processes he investigates using powerful computer models.

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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
Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

Clive is Professor of Railway Systems at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. Over the last 14 years he has developed a broad portfolio of research aimed at improving the performance of railway systems. He leads the University’s contribution in a number of large EPSRC, European Commission and industry funded projects. He ...

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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 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 by two primary, necessarily interrelated, themes of infrastructure engineering and ...

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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

Head of School of Engineering
Beale Professor of Civil Engineering

ice-fellows-sterlingProfessor 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
Email
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

Head of Philosophy
Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Department 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, ...

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

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Dr Susannah Thorpe

Senior Lecturer

Dr Thorpe's expertise lies in the field of ecmorphology. Her research is about understanding how organisms get to be built the way they are built, and the consequences of their design for patterns of resource use, interactions with other species, and for patterns of evolution. Specific themes in her lab at present are the evolution of human bipedalism; how animals (including humans) ...

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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 current chair of the UK Magnetics Society.

He has published over 35 papers ...

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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. 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 has over 300 journal and conference publications in ...

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

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang

Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang

Professor of Electrical Power Systems
Director of Institute for Energy Research and Policy
Director of Smart Grid, Birmingham Energy Institute Co-Director, Birmingham Energy Storage Centre (sponsored by EPSRC)

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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

Xiao-Ping has published over 100 research papers in scientific journals, conference proceedings as well as ...

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