Andrew Hursthouse


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1990 …2018
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Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

I am an environmental geochemist, applying an “earth-systems” approach to my research which covers the transport/behaviour of pollutants in the environment (air quality, land degradation and remediation, and aquatic biogeochemistry), evaluating their impact on ecosystems and for human health.

These have links to policy and knowledge transfer activities which have been focused on the role and evolution of environmental management tools, issues of regulation and sustainability, and in the development of innovative R&D support mechanisms for SMEs and large industrial operations across industrial sectors.

I undertook PhD and postdoc research on actinide geochemistry associated with nuclear waste processing facilities, developing analytical tools and applying them to study environmental transport proceses. Subsequently my research has applied these principles in studies of waste impacts and management systems, resource recovery and exposure assessment. Fundamentally focused on understanding behaviour of potentially harmful elements and compounds in urban and rural environments in both terrestrial and aquatic systems.

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Current research activities

anti-microbial resistance in the environment - collaborative contribution providing environmental (chemical) quality and feedback on environmental microbiology.

impact of resource exploitation on the environment - management and mitigation of effects of resource recovery (metal mining, e-wastes and shale gas exploitation) in particular on direct human exposure and compromised food chain (UK, EU and Asia).

sustainable urban ecosystems - impact of urbanisation on urban environment - degraded environmental quality from contaminated land, air and water, human exposure and risk assessment.

Current teaching activities and interests

Waste and resource management; analytical and environmental chemistry; earth and environmental sciences; life cycle analysis; postgraduate skills development;

Desired research direction

interdisciplinary groups to address global challenges in human behaviour sorrounding resource exploitation;

food and climate security and mitigation strategies;

understanding human environmental risk and resilience to system uncertainty;

Target collaborative organisations

world bank



Target collaborative companies



Rio Tinto

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

I am a strong believer in a collaborative approach to research and enterprise activity and many of the projects I have completed or are ongoing have/are being worked on as part of an interdisciplinary network/team. This includes within the physical and natural sciences, engineering and technology and the social sciences and humanities. I relish the challenges of sharing knowledge across disciplines and learning from other perspectives and cultures. I can provide support and advice to groups using similar approaches and where my subject discipline fits, contribute to addressing major societal challenges.

External positions

High End Expert Scholarship, Hunan Provincial Government, Hunan University of Science & Technology

Feb 2016 → …

High End Expert Recruitment - State Administration of Foreign Affairs, Hunan University of Science & Technology

Oct 2015Nov 2015

Xiangtan Scholars Programme, Hunan Provincial Government, Hunan University of Science & Technology

Apr 2014May 2014

Founding Trustee, Environmental Protection Scotland


  • Q Science (General)
  • physical sciences
  • multidisciplinary
  • QD Chemistry
  • environmental,
  • green
  • inorganic
  • nuclear
  • analytical
  • industrial
  • QE Geology
  • geochemistry
  • mineralogy
  • G Geography (General)
  • urban
  • planning
  • environmental management
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • soil quality
  • aquatic chemistry
  • air pollution
  • ecosystem impacts
  • sustainablity
  • impact assessment
  • GB Physical geography
  • landscape
  • resources

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

antimony Earth & Environmental Sciences
Antimony Chemical Compounds
soil Earth & Environmental Sciences
Soils Chemical Compounds
Water Chemical Compounds
Sediments Chemical Compounds
Poisons Chemical Compounds
adsorption Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1990 2018

3-D Butterworth Filtering for 3-D High-density Onshore Seismic Field Data

Liao, J., Liu, H., Li, W., Guo, Z., Wang, L., Peng, S. & Hursthouse, A. 1 Jun 2018 In : Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics. 23, 2, p. 223-233

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Partial differential equations
partial differential equations
Butterworth filters
Aluminum chloride
dissolved organic nitrogen
organic nitrogen
Organic carbon
Surface waters

A device-specific prioritization strategy based on the potential for harm to human health in informal WEEE recycling

Cesaro, A., Belgiorno, V., Vaccari, M., Jandric, A., Chung, T. D., Dias, M. I., Hursthouse, A. & Salhofer, S. 1 Jan 2018 In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 25, 1, p. 683–692

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Electronic Waste
Equipment Reuse
electronic equipment

Adsorption of antimony(III) on to Fe(III)-treated humus sludge adsorbent: behavior and mechanism insights

Deng, R-J., Shao, R., Ren, B., Hou, B., Tang, Z. & Hursthouse, A. 7 Sep 2018 In : Polish Journal of Environmental Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Genes of past, present and future: does legacy pollution contribute to antibiotic resistance in industrialised estuaries?

Kiri Rodgers (Recipient), Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), Iain McLellan (Recipient), Fiona Henriquez-Mui (Recipient), Roderick Williams (Recipient), Rebecca Tonner (Recipient), Tatyana Peshkur (Recipient) & Charles Knapp (Recipient), 27 Apr 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Microbial Drug Resistance

Liancheng Friendship Award of Xiangtan City, Hunan.

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), 12 Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Times Higher Education Awards 2018 - shortlist

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), 29 Nov 2018

Prize: National/international honour


Top peer reviewer (#16) in Environmental Sciences

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

environmental science

Top Peer Reviewer (#24) in Agricultural & Biological Sciences

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), Sep 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Biological Science Disciplines
Biological Sciences

Activities 2003 2018

COST ACTION ES1407 RecReew and TU1407 NOTICE Core group

Hursthouse, A. (Participant)
19 Jan 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

NERC Highlight Topic Grant Review

Hursthouse, A. (Examiner)
26 Jun 2018

Activity: Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting

Tien, H. (Participant), Hursthouse, A. (Participant), Susanne Heise (Participant)
15 May 2018

Activity: Participation in conference


Master in Biotechnology for Sustainability

Hursthouse, A. (Invited speaker)
9 Apr 201812 Apr 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting

Kleene, L. (Participant), Hursthouse, A. (Participant), Susanne Heise (Participant)
16 May 2018

Activity: Participation in conference



Alaba Agboola

garden city
Trace Elements
trace elements

Rune Bahlo

Chemical analysis

Yve Christie