Derren Cresswell BSc (Hons), MRes, MSc, PGCE, FGS, AFHEA

Derren Cresswell

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow in Public Engagement

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Derren works on the NERC funded Encompass project with partners Citizen’s UK to develop relationships with a range of local communities across Birmingham in the environmental sciences. Derren has a broad background in environmental sciences having worked in the waste, minerals and environmental sciences for a number of years prior to returning to academia. In addition Derren has volunteered for a number of community organisations.


  • BSc Natural Environmental Earth Science (University of Sheffield, 1993)
  • MRes Built Environment: Waste Management (University of Leeds, 1996)
  • PGCE Geology and Science (Keele University, 2010)
  • MSc Structural Geology with Geophysics (University of Leeds, 2012)
  • PhD Structural Geology (University of Birmingham, submitted 2018)


After completing his MRes in 1996 Derren worked in the minerals and waste sector initially focusing on recycling a range of mineral wastes as a civil engineering material, and then developing and managing projects to minimise and mitigate the environmental impacts of mineral extraction.  During this time Derren volunteered for community organisations and social enterprises in practical and governance roles. After a return to academia, a brief period as a teacher and working for the Environment Agency, Derren embarked on his doctoral research in geology and submitted his PhD thesis in July 2018.  

Derren now works full-time on the Encompass project and is developing an environmental based community organising approach in conjunction with Citizen’s UK. This work includes a range topics including clean air, plastics pollution and urban green space.


As a doctoral researcher Derren contributed to teaching via field courses and lab-based practicals and project work.


Derren’s current research focus on how environmental science in the broad perspective can be aligned with the environmental concerns of local communities. He uses a community organizing approach combined with his broad-based environmental background to create links and build public relationships based on environmental issues. His research interests in geology lie in the complex interaction of faults and the provision of material resources for society.