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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

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1990 …2020
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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 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. 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

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 Dive into the research topics where Andrew Hursthouse is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

antimony Earth & Environmental Sciences
Antimony Chemical Compounds
Poisons Chemical Compounds
Soils Engineering & Materials Science
soil Earth & Environmental Sciences
Pollution Engineering & Materials Science
Water Chemical Compounds
Sediments Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 1990 2020

8 Downloads (Pure)

Enhancing the removal of Sb (III) from water: a Fe3O4@HCO composite adsorbent caged in sodium alginate microbeads

Zhang, J., Deng, R., Ren, B., Yaseen, M. & Hursthouse, A., 1 Jan 2020, In : Processes. 8, 1, 12 p., 44.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sodium alginate
Chemical polishing

The role of magnetic MOFs nanoparticles in enhanced iron coagulation of aquatic dissolved organic matter

Zhu, G., Bian, Y., Hursthouse, A. S., Xu, S., Xiong, N. & Wan, P., 14 Jan 2020, In : Chemosphere. 247, 15 p., 125921.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dissolved organic matter
Biological materials
Particulate Matter
air quality
Air quality
1 Citation (Scopus)
65 Downloads (Pure)

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

Air pollutants in urban and semi-rural locations: cytotoxicity of particulate matter metals ions

Woods, C., Litherland, G. J., Hursthouse, A., Lundy, F. T., Sergeant, G., Lockhart, J. C. & McLellan, I., 22 Nov 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster



Fellowship - Society for Environmental Geochemistry & Health

Andrew Hursthouse (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), Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), Iain McLellan (Recipient), Fiona Henriquez (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

International Guest Fellowship - Universite Paris Diderot

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), 12 Jul 2019

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Liancheng Friendship Award of Xiangtan City, Hunan.

Andrew Hursthouse (Recipient), 12 Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2003 2020

Urban Geochemistry

Andrew Hursthouse (Invited speaker)
14 Jan 2020

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

Soil Contaminant Baselines in the Management of Urban Ecosystems

Andrew Hursthouse (Invited speaker)
18 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

The Clyde’s Industrial History and its Impact on Antimicrobial Resistance

Kiri Rodgers (Speaker), Iain McLellan (Speaker), Tatyana Peshkur (Speaker), Roderick Williams (Speaker), Rebecca Tonner (Speaker), Charles Knapp (Speaker), Andrew Hursthouse (Speaker), Fiona Henriquez (Speaker)
4 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Peer Review - VEGA commission for Earth and Space sciences, environmental sciences (including earth resources)

Andrew Hursthouse (Reviewer)
31 Jul 2019

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

River Basin Management Case Study: EU/Scotland

Andrew Hursthouse (Speaker)
12 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk