Andrew Hursthouse

Professor, Professor of Environmental Geochemistry

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1990 …2019
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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;

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

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Research Output 1990 2019

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. 2019 In : Polish Journal of Environmental Studies. 28, 2, p. 577-586 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Antimony ore tailings: heavy metals, chemical speciation, and leaching characteristics

Zhou, Y., Ren, B., Hursthouse, A. S. & Zhou, S. 2019 In : Polish Journal of Environmental Studies. 28, 1, p. 485-495 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ore tailings
Chemical speciation
speciation (chemistry)

A relative risk assessment of the open burning of WEEE

Cesaro, A., Belgiorno, V., Gorrasi, G., Viscusi, G., Vaccari, M., Vinti, G., Jandric, A., Dias, M. I., Hursthouse, A. & Salhofer, S. 21 Feb 2019 In : Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Electronic Waste
Electric equipment
electronic equipment
Risk assessment
risk assessment

Determination of metal content of waste mobile phones and estimation of their recovery potential in Turkey

Sahan, M., Kucuker, M. A., Demirel, B., Kuchta, K. & Hursthouse, A. 11 Mar 2019 In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 16, 5, 14 p., 887

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cell Phones
Rare Earth Metals
Electronic Waste
Health risks
health risk


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)


SAUWS 2019 Big Awards - Outstanding Achievement

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), 28 Mar 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Times Higher Education Awards 2018 - shortlist

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), 29 Nov 2018

Prize: National/international honour


Top 25 Peer Reviewer

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), 20 Dec 2018

Prize: Other distinction

environmental assessment
environmental monitoring

Activities 2003 2019

COST OC-2018-2

Hursthouse, A. (Examiner)
17 Jan 20194 Feb 2019

Activity: Examination

A Second Life for Critical Raw Materials

Hursthouse, A. (Invited speaker)
20 Feb 2019

Activity: Participation in conference

T4.S1 Geochemical mapping for environmental and resource management

Hursthouse, A. (Keynote speaker)
22 May 201924 May 2019

Activity: Invited talk

COST Action ES1407 ReCreew Final Conference

Hursthouse, A. (Chair)
4 Feb 20195 Feb 2019

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course


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