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Professor Robert Kalin

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Robert M. Kalin BSc MSc PhD CEnv FICE FRSC FGS

Professor of Environmental Engineering for Sustainability


Professor Kalin’s academic and professional interests are focused on Environment Science and Engineering to underpin the global sustainability agendas.  His work ranges from hydrogeology and Paleohydrology of local to regional scale groundwater systems, study of global biogeochemical cycles and climate change, to site specific biogeochemistry of water treatment, contaminated land and groundwater (including engineering design of sustainable remediation methods), development of new chemical analysis techniques for soil, air and water that to better understand risk to humans and the environment.


Management Experience

Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Strathclyde University, Glasgow 1 Oct 2007 to 31st July 2011.  During the past two decade of Professor Kalin has been PI and Project Manager on research projects valued over £14M.


Past Appointments

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, Queen’s University Belfast, July 2005 to Sept 2007

Chair of Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1999 to 2005

Senior Lecturer of Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Queen's University of Belfast, 1997 to 1999

Lecturer of Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, The Queen's University of Belfast, 1994 to 1997


Professional Honours

Prof. Kalin is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS). 


Expert Witness Experience

Prof. Kalin has experience as an expert witness for Environmental Forensics and Environmental Engineering.


Consultancy and Design

Professor Kalin has considerable experience as an Environmental Consultant and as a Design and Build engineer for contaminated land and groundwater remediation.


International Capacity Building Activities

Professor Kalin has been active in research and capacity building for water resource management and environment & human health research in many countries in the Middle East, Far East, and Africa.  One example is Professor Kalin Chaired the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Meeting to Develop Educational Products for Global Capacity Building in Isotope Hydrology Vienna, Austria, (Development and Validation of Global Teaching for UN Decade Water for Life).  Currently, he has a number of water and human health projects underway in Malawi.


Local scale water-food nexus : use of borehole-garden permaculture to realise the full potential of rural water supplies in Malawi
Rivett Michael O., Halcrow Alistair W., Schmalfuss Janine, Stark John A., Truslove Jonathan P., Kumwenda Steve, Harawa Kettie A., Nhlema Muthi, Songola Chrispine, Wanangwa Gift J., Miller Alexandra V.M., Kalin Robert M.
Journal of Environmental Management Vol 209, pp. 354-370, (2018)
Risk assessment to groundwater of pit latrine rural sanitation policy in developing country settings
Back Jan O., Rivett Michael O., Hinz Laura B., Mackay Nyree, Wanangwa Gift J., Phiri Owen L., Songola Chrispine Emmanuel, Thomas Mavuto A.S., Kumwenda Steve, Nhlema Muthi, Miller Alexandra V.M., Kalin Robert M.
Science of the Total Environment Vol 613-614, pp. 592-610, (2018)
Comprehensive database of Manufactured Gas Plant tars – Part C Heterocyclic and hydroxylated PAHs
Gallacher Christopher, Thomas Russell, Lord Richard, Kalin Robert M., Taylor Chris
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Vol 31, pp. 1250-1260, (2017)
Comprehensive database of Manufactured Gas Plant tars – Part B Aliphatic and aromatic compounds
Gallacher Christopher, Thomas Russell, Lord Richard, Kalin Robert M., Taylor Chris
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Vol 31, pp. 1239-1249, (2017)
Comprehensive database of Manufactured Gas Plant tars – Part A Database
Gallacher Christopher, Thomas Russell, Lord Richard, Kalin Robert M., Taylor Chris
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Vol 31, pp. 1231-1238, (2017)
Comprehensive composition of creosote using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GCxGC-TOFMS)
Gallacher Christopher, Thomas Russell, Taylor Christopher, Lord Richard, Kalin Robert M.
Chemosphere Vol 178, pp. 34-41, (2017)

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Professional activities

Keynote Address World Water Day 2016 Scottish Gov't Event
PhD External Examiner
External Examiner
CREW (Scottish Center for Research on Water) (External organisation)
Alumi Tech Club Lecture Water Resources Management in Malawi
British Council (External organisation)
Government of Malawi (External organisation)

more professional activities


Climate Justice: Water for People
Kalin, Robert (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2012 - 30-Aug-2018
Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative (Malawi Development Programme)
Kalin, Robert (Principal Investigator) West, Peter (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2010 - 31-Mar-2013
Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme Borehole Forensics and Ram Pump Funding
Bertram, Douglas (Co-investigator) Kalin, Robert (Principal Investigator)
In this KE project I bring water pumping technology expertise to enable water resources transfer for power or agricultural needs in the developing country of Malawi. We will work with local partners to build a demonstration site to build capacity around low-energy pumping technologies.
Period 01-Jan-2018 - 01-Oct-2018
Zero Energy Distributed Micro Pumped Hydro-Innovate UK Early Stage Energy Catalyst Award - Water Powered Technology
Bertram, Douglas (Principal Investigator) Joao, Elsa (Co-investigator) Kalin, Robert (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2017
MENA Institutional Links: Evaluation of Shared Groundwater Resources between Israel and Gaza
Kalin, Robert (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2016 - 31-Jul-2017
Towards an Integrated Approach for Diarrhoeal Disease Control and Treatment in Malawi
Morse, Tracy (Academic) Kalin, Robert (Academic)
Short term contract with from Gates funding through PATH (USA) to conduct a situation analysis for diarrhoeal disease control and treatment in Malawi
Period 15-May-2010 - 31-Mar-2011

more projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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