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Area of academic expertise - outline

I am now in my fourth year of academia and before that I worked in 3rd Sector organisations and environmental regulators and have 8 years environmental policy experience working with national and local government, regulators and the private sector in the fields of air quality, land quality and noise.

My primary area of interest is the impacts environmental pollution but in particular air pollution and soil contamination.  I have recently been involved in projects which have focussed on odour emissions from waste water treatment works, the impact of noise from marine renewable energy on marine invertebrates (with biology and engineering colleagues) and the treatment of manganese contamination in water systems.  In my research I use various analytical measurement techniques such as ICP-AES, ICP-MS, Graphite Furnace-AAS, Flame-AAS, HPLC and LC-MS.

My teaching remit includes Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching on the Physical Sciences programme (Chemistry and Forensic Science) and the Safety, Health and Environment programme.  I am the Programme Leader for the MSc Waste and Resource Management.  Modules I co-ordinate (and teach on) include Analytical Chemistry (Lvl 9), Chemical Laboratory Techniques (Lvl 8), Safety, Health and Environmental Protection (Lvl 9), Principles of Sustainability (Lvl 11), Waste Management (Lvl 11) and Pollution Control (Lvl 11). 

In September 2018 I was made Programme Leader for the MSc Waste and Resource Management programme.

Current research activities

My current research includes (i) working with local authorities monitoring air quality using low cost, portable monitors in urban environments, (ii) legacy pollution in estuarine sediments and their potential influence on antimicrobial resistance and most recently (iii) links between air quality and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 

My PhD students researching (i) particulate matter and COPD (ii) carbon emissions within the public sector, (iii) waste to product recycling and re-use and (iv) quality management in the oil industry and links to policy

Desired research direction

I am interested to develop ‘ecosystem services approach’ and ‘resilience’ as part of a collaborative, inter-disciplinary approach within the University and wider external research community.  Taking this approach I would wish to translate my experience with POPs and agroforestry management techniques in Mediterranean ecosystems to different forestry systems.

Target collaborative organisations

Private sector companies interested in contamination and air quality, and systems approaches.

External positions

Trustee, Environmental Protection Scotland

1 Aug 2015 → …


  • QD Chemistry
  • Analytical
  • ICP
  • Environmental
  • Soil
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants
  • Potentially Toxic Elements
  • air pollution
  • QE Geology
  • SD Forestry

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Research Output

3 Citations (Scopus)
56 Downloads (Pure)

Geochemistry: inorganic

Trueman, C., Rodgers, K., McLellan, I. & Hursthouse, A., 12 Mar 2019, Encyclopedia of Analytical Science: Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering. Worsfold, P., Poole, C., Townshend, A. & Miró, M. (eds.). 3 ed. Elsevier Limited, p. 271-282 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Reliance on fossil fuels in the Scottish public sector

    Idundun, E., McLellan, I. & Hursthouse, A., 27 Nov 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
  • Prizes

    Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    Iain McLellan (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow of the Geological Society (FGS)

    Iain McLellan (Recipient), 1 Jul 2005

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    Iain McLellan (Recipient), Jan 2017

    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)

  • Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (MIEnvSc)

    Iain McLellan (Recipient), Oct 2015

    Prize: Election to learned society


    PhD viva examination

    Iain McLellan (Examiner)
    13 Dec 2019

    Activity: Examination

    Resource Exploitation And Environmental Impact: Addressing Rebound Effects From China’s Rapid Industrial Expansion

    Andrew Hursthouse (Speaker), Zhenghua Wang (Speaker), Bozhi Ren (Speaker), Iain McLellan (Speaker), Simon Cuthbert (Speaker), Na Song (Speaker)
    3 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Water quality and discharge monitoring

    Iain McLellan (Speaker)
    19 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Brownfield Land Scotland 2019

    Iain McLellan (Chair)
    6 Feb 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    BREATH Annual Conference

    John Lockhart (Member of programme committee), Gary Litherland (Invited speaker), Anne Crilly (Invited speaker), Carl Goodyear (Invited speaker), Iain McLellan (Invited speaker), Craig Williams (Invited speaker), William MacKay (Invited speaker), Andrew MacKenzie (Invited speaker), Joanna Brzeszczynska (Invited speaker), Lynette Dunning (Invited speaker), Mari Bailo (Invited speaker), Mark Thomas (Invited speaker), Kirsty McCallum (Invited speaker), Kimberly Black (Invited speaker), Fawziye Tarhini (Invited speaker), Carly Woods (Invited speaker), Bryn Short (Invited speaker)
    19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference