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.
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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Barber Professor of Jurisprudence
Deputy Head of School
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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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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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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Lloyd researches in the areas of property law and environmental law. Prior to his appointment as Lecturer in Law, Lloyd was a Teaching Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. He has also held teaching positions at Cardiff University, of which he is an alumnus.
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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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Dr Aleksandra Cavoski’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of Environmental and EU law. She has particular interest in EU accession countries.
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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.
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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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Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute
Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI)
Professor 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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Professor of Hydrology
College Director of Research
David 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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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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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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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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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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Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics
I am an interdisciplinary scholar: trained in ethics and constructive theology with a background in the humanities, particularly literature and music.
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Professor Robert Lee is 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 environmental legislation), the ...
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Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research
Professor of Atmospheric Science
Rob 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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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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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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Reader in Russian Environmental Studies
Director of Internationalisation, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
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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Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Climate Change
Director of the Environmental Omics Sequencing Facility, University of Birmingham
Dr Luisa Orsini is a Senior Lecturer in Biosystems and Environmental Change at the University of Birmingham (UoB), and a time traveller. She studies the processes and mechanisms of evolutionary response to climate and other environmental factors with relevance to climate – pollution, anthropogenic land-use. To reconstruct long-term dynamics she applies high throughput technologies to ...
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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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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. Read more about Tom's research at bioatmo.wordpress.com.
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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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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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Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
While Chris Rogers has expertise in ground properties and sub-surface engineering, he considers himself as a civil engineer in the broadest sense: engineering for society, in harmony with the natural environment and to deliver greatest value. For this, he needs to take a far-future view of cities and the infrastructure systems that support them, and his research has then naturally focussed ...
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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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Beale Professor of Civil Engineering
Professor 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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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 ...
Head of Philosophy
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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Director of Research
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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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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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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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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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)
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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