Andrew Hursthouse

Professor, Professor of Environmental Geochemistry

Accepting PhD Students

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;
* circular economy, sustainability and low carbon future;
* resource recovery and sustainable exploitation;
* contaminated land risk and remediation;
* water, soil and air pollution;
* urban green infrastructure and management;
* environmental and public health;

Please contact me to discuss any ideas.

Willing to speak to media

1990 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile

Area of academic expertise - outline

I am an environmental geochemist, applying an “earth-systems” approach to 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 implications 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 different 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 processes. 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.

Joining UWS (then PCT) in 1990, holding number of institutional management roles including: Subject development Chair (HoD) Physical Sciences 2009-2014 and Assistant Dean (Research & Enterprise) 2014-2019.

Peer Reviewer:

Key Lab HNUST:

Chartered Chemist and Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry

Certified Trainer, IEMA

Fellow, Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health


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.

member of the interdisciplinary Protracted Crisis Recearch Centre with a focus on environmental dimensions of major issues in particular waste, water, climate and potentially harmful substance exposures in sensitive populations


Key areas addressed by research & knowledge exchange activities:

Agroforestry management; food security; food supply chain; Human health; health risks; social determinants; Aquatic toxicology; water quality and pollution; waste water treatment; Sustainable manufacturing; process innovation; Urbanisation; environmental footprint; waste; pollution; wastewater; air quality; green spaces; Environmental pollution; chemical pollution; hazardous waste; Climate risks; urban climates; life cycle assessment; Coastal management; coastal biogeochemical cycles; Terrestrial ecosystems; soil quality; land degradation.


Editorial Board Membership

Section Editor

Heliyon (Earth Sciences)


Associate Editor

Environmental Chemistry Letters

Environmental Earth Sciences

Environmental Geochemistry & Health

Environmental Monitoring & Assessment

Frontiers in Environmental Science

Proc ICE - Waste & Resource Management


Editorial Board Member

African Journal of Environmental Science & Technology

Critical Reviews in Environmental Science & Technology

Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety

International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health

Journal of Hazardous Materials - Advances


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 on-going involve a broad 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Approved Trainer, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA)

Nov 2020 → …

Environmental Earth Science - Associate Editor, SpringerNature

2020 → …

Fellow, The Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health

Jul 2019 → …

Environmental Monitoring & Assessment - Associate Editor, SpringerNature

2019 → …

Heliyon - Earth Sciences, Section Editor, Elsevier

2017 → …

High End Expert Scholarship (100 talents), Hunan Provincial Government, Hunan University of Science & Technology

Feb 2016Aug 2021

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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