Potential Supervisors

Below is a list of potential PhD, MPhil and MRes supervisors. When you apply, you will be asked to choose a potential supervisor. Don't worry if you can't see your desired area below - we will do our best to match you to a supervisor when you apply.


Beattie, Tara

  • Ocular infection, specifically keratitis caused by the free-living protozoa 'Acanthamoeba';
  • Ecology of Legionella species in compost environments;
  • Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative 2013-2016.

 Bertram, Doug

  • Water engineering;
  • hydraulics and hydrology;
  • Flooding and flood risk assessment;
  • Urban drainage systems;
  • SUDs;
  • Hydropower and water-related energy technologies.

Beverland, Iain

  • Air pollution and human health;
  • Environmental epidemiology;
  • Exposure assessment/characterisation;
  • Risk-based assessment of environmental influences on health.

Briggs, Andrew

  • Structural Engineering;
  • Conceptual design and the design process.

Douglas, John

  • Seismic hazard assessment, particularly ground-motion prediction;
  • Seismic risk assessment, particularly fragility/vulnerability functions;
  • (Engineering) seismology, including induced seismicity;
  • Multi-hazard risk assessment;
  • Epistemic uncertainties.

El Mountassir, Gráinne

  • Bio-physico-chemical processes which may influence the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils and rocks including biomineralisation processes in porous media & fractured rock;
  • Development of novel biogeochemical grouting technologies for alteration of subsurface permeability/ground improvement;
  • Erosion of bentonite buffer and backfill material in engineered barrier systems;
  • Influence of soil microstructure on macroscopic behaviour (e.g. collapsible soils) and hydro-mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils. 

Ferguson, Neil

  • Travel behaviour, the role of land use regulation on travel and location choice and the link between accessibility and health/quality of life;
  • Quantitative and qualitative choice analysis and GIS applications for transportation.

Hamilton, Andrea

  • Chemo-mechanics of porous materials which includes cement mineralogy and chemistry;
  • Design of cements for radioactive waste;
  • Novel nano-particle cements including 'synthetic' green cements and sustainability;
  • Stability, fading and cracking in contemporary art works. 

João, Elsa

  •  Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA);
  • Project EIA;
  • Environmental analysis;
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
  • Scale issues and spatial data quality. 

Kalin, Robert

  •  Environment Science and Engineering;
  • Hydrogeology and water resources management for international development;
  • Biogeochemistry of contaminated land and groundwater (including engineering design of sustainable remediation methods);
  • Development of new enhanced in-situ remediation methods;
  • Palaeohydrology of local to regional scale groundwater systems;
  • Study of global biogeochemical cycles and climate change. 

Keenan, Helen

  •  Monitoring and modelling of environmental pollutants;
  • Endocrine Disrupters;
  • Environmental fate prediction;
  • Comparison of default computer models and experimental values;
  • impact on bioaccumulation & biomagnification - EQS values. 

Knapp, Charles

  •  Water quality determinations;
  • Wastewater treatment;
  • Biological indicators of environmental pollution;
  •  Eco-toxicology, bioremediation;
  • Microcosm/mesocosm experimental toxicology systems;
  • Microbiological community stability and resilience;
  • PPCP (pharmaceutical & personal care products) in the environment;
  • Antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance in the environment;
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility assays;
  • Algal/phytoplankton ecology.

Lord, Richard

  • The utilisation of brownfield, derelict, underutilised or neglected urban land and marginal agricultural land for renewable energy, organic waste management, carbon sequestration and the enhanced provision of ecosystem services;
  • Geology and geochemistry of resources, environmental pollution and waste management.

Lunn, Rebecca

  •  Development of low viscosity grouts for ground improvement and ground sealing. Grouting technologies currently under development include micro-biologically induced mineral precipitation, colloidal silica based grouts and detectable cement-based grouts that can be imaged post ground injection;
  • Development of new injection based grouting systems for hydraulic barrier formation in nuclear decommissioning and waste disposal;
  • Design and performance of bentonite barriers for Geological Disposal of Nuclear Waste;
  • The hydro-mechanical behaviour of fractured rocks;
  • The influence of faults on groundwater flow systems, with applications in nuclear waste disposal, carbon capture and storage, shale-gas production and conventional hydrocarbon production;
  • Modelling structural geological uncertainty and its influence on fluid flow in the subsurface. 

Murray, Mike

  •  An examination of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Construction Industry with a particular focus on the behaviour of UK constructors abroad;
  • The agenda to improve the Scottish construction industry;
  • Engineering history and it's promulgation amongst undergraduates, resulting in the establishment of a civil engineering book club encouraging students to undertake general reading in this area;
  • Further teaching & learning innovations include the use of 'storytelling' sessions by students who have undertaken summer placement work. 

Perry, Marcus

  •  structural health monitoring
  •  sensor and interrogation system design and manufacture
  •  signal processing and damage detection algorithms 

Phoenix, Vern

  •  Environmental chemistry and microbiology
  • Bioremediation (capture and remediation of pollutants with bacteria)
  • Biofilms and capture/degradation of pollutants in natural and engineered systems
  • Imaging of pollutant transport in rocks, soils and biofilms
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Sustainable urban drainage systems
  • Innovations in cleaning urban run-off for domestic and commercial use
  • Generation of novel cements by bacteria for civil engineering applications
  • Environmental nanotechnology 

Pytharouli, Stella

  • Geomechanics;
  • The numerical modelling of the simultaneous evolution of seismicity and permeability in faults using a 2D hydro-mechanical finite element model.

Renshaw, Jo

  • Environmental radiochemist who works in decommissioning nuclear sites and clean-up of contaminated soils and waters.

Sentenac, Philippe

  •  Fine fissuring detection in flood defence embankments using geophysics (miniature resistivity arrays and Electromagnetic sensors) and Geotechnical sensors (tensiometers, pore pressure transducers);
  • Chemical attack of Alcohol mixtures on consolidated clay using centrifuge experiments. Optical fiber sensor for distributed pore pressure measurements for slope stability;
  • Industry-Academia partnership in Geophysical site investigation of wind turbines footings and foundations. 

Shipton, Zoe

  •  The 3D structural and permability architecture of faults;
  • Understanding and communicating geological uncertainty;
  • Fluid migration through hetrogenous rocks in radioactive waste, shale gas, CCS;
  • Faults structural controls on seismic events.

Switzer, Christine

  •  Contaminant fate, transport and remediation;
  • Contaminated land and water;
  • Organic contaminants;
  • Non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs);
  • Source zone characterisation;
  • Emerging contaminants.

Tarantino, Alessandro


  • Hydro-mechanical behaviour of soil in partially saturated states and response of geostructures interacting with climate.  This includes fundamental aspects of partially saturated soil behaviour, development of suitable equipment for laboratory and in-situ testing, and application of partially saturated soil mechanics to engineering practice (stability of natural and artificial slopes, foundation subsidence, tunnel face stability, nuclear waste engineered barrier).

Tubaldi, Enrico

  • Structural analysis
  • Seismic control of structures by means of isolation/energy dissipation devices
  • Seismic vulnerability and risk assessment of structures and infrastructures
  • Flood risk assessment of bridges

White, Christopher

  • Flood risk, hydrology and climate resilience
  • Nature-based flood risk management
  • Natural hazards risk management, uncertainty and decision-making
  • Multi-hazards and compound extremes

Wong, Raymond

  • Development of food safety management system;
  • Statistical analysis relating to food sampling;
  • Current research extends to chemical contaminant (lasalocid) and food enhancer (monosodium glutamate) in foods.

Zawdie, Girma

  • Technology and innovation management;
  • Policy issues relating to environmental management;
  • World poverty;
  • Sustainable development.