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; resource recovery and sustainable exploitation; contaminated land risk and remediation; water, soil and air pollution; urban management; environmental and public health ;

Willing to speak to media

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.

Peer Reviewer: https://publons.com/researcher/815004/andrew-hursthouse/

Key Lab HNUST: http://hnoilgas.hnust.edu.cn/

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

SEPA/EA

WHO

Target collaborative companies

SSE

AstroZeneca

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

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, 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 → …

Keywords

  • 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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