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PhD projects

environmental geochemistry and health; behaviour and transport of elements, inorganic and organic pollutants in atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial environments; issues of industrial and business performance/policy related to environmental regulation (sustainable development, process life cycles) waste and environmental management; resource recovery and sustainable exploitation; contaminated land risk and remediation; water, soil and air pollution; urban management; environmental and public health ;

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1990 …2021

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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 the impact of wastes and development of management systems, resource recovery strategies 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; CPD development for professionals in environmental industrial and process management

Desired research direction

interdisciplinary groups to address global challenges in human behaviour surrounding 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 multidisciplinary collaborative approach to research and enterprise activity. Many of the projects I have completed and those ongoing involve an interdisciplinary network/team. This includes collaborations within the physical and natural sciences, engineering and technology and the social sciences and humanities.

I relish the challenges of sharing knowledge across the discipline landscape and learning from other perspectives and cultures. I can provide support and advice to groups using similar approaches and where my subject and interests fit, I can contribute, enthusiastically to addressing major societal challenges.

External positions

Fellow, The Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health

Jul 2019 → …

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

2013 → …


  • 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

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Research Output

2D high-resolution crosswell seismic traveltime tomography

Li, C., Liu, J., Liao, J. & Hursthouse, A., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics. 25, 1, p. 47-53 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Downloads (Pure)

Application of a new HMW framework derived ANN model for optimization of aquatic dissolved organic matter removal by coagulation

Zhu, G., Xiong, N., Wang, C., Li, Z. & Hursthouse, A. S., 29 Jul 2020, In : Chemosphere. 262, 127723.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Bayesian time-lapse difference inversion based on the exact Zoeppritz equations with blockiness constraint

    Zhou, L., Liao, J., Li, J., Chen, X., Yang, T. & Hursthouse, A., 27 May 2020, In : Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics. 25, 1, p. 89-100 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 21 Downloads (Pure)

    Characterization of pore microstructure and methane adsorption of organic-rich black shales in northwestern Hunan, South China

    Huang, Y., Dong, L., Hursthouse, A., Huang, J., Yu, Y. & Huang, J., 1 Mar 2020, In : Energy Exploration & Exploitation. 38, 2, p. 473-493 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 78 Downloads (Pure)

    Efficient removal of Cd(II) using SiO2-Mg(OH)2 nanocomposites derived from sepiolite

    He, Z., Ren, B., Hursthouse, A. & Wang, Z., 26 Mar 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 7, 12 p., 2223.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    33 Downloads (Pure)


  • Fellowship - Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health

    Hursthouse, Andrew (Recipient), 17 May 2019

    Prize: Election to learned society

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

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

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • International Guest Fellowship - Universite Paris Diderot

    Hursthouse, Andrew (Recipient), 12 Jul 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Liancheng Friendship Award of Xiangtan City, Hunan.

    Hursthouse, Andrew (Recipient), 12 Dec 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Health risk of environmental hazards: principles of impact and control

    Andrew Hursthouse (Speaker)

    24 Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    PhD Examination

    Andrew Hursthouse (Examiner)

    15 Jun 2020

    Activity: Examination

    Urban Geochemistry

    Andrew Hursthouse (Invited speaker)

    14 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Environmental Clerk of Works: foundation programme

    Andrew Hursthouse (Speaker), Iain McLellan (Speaker), Milan Radosavljevic (Speaker), Jan Miller (Speaker), Phillip Cowie (Speaker), Ross Deuchar (Speaker), Robin Ion (Speaker) & Simon Knott (Speaker)

    May 2020Jun 2020

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - CPD delivery/organisation of courses for externals (in kind)

    Peer review Environmental Biotechnology Network fund

    Andrew Hursthouse (Examiner)

    8 Jun 2020

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