Dr Richard Lord

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the University in 2012 as Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geoscience, at title reflecting my broad interests in the application of engineering to societal challenges.  My research and professional interests include the remediation of contaminated land, identifying sustainable sources of renewable energy and other ecosystem services, and the exploration for, exploitation and environmental impacts of geological resources.  

My teaching duties include leading the "Energy Design Projects" for MEng & MSc Civil Engineering students 



Collapse processes in abandoned pillar and stall coal mines : implications for shallow mine geothermal energy
Andrews Billy J, Cumberpatch Zoë A, Shipton Zoe K, Lord Richard
Geothermics Vol 88 (2020)
The effects of organic waste soil amendments on above ground biomass of Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) grown at a historic Pb-F-Zn mine site
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard A, Davidson Christine M
International MineXchange Conference (2019)
Geological and mineralization characteristics of the Kestanelik epithermal Au-Ag deposit in the Tethyan Metallogenic Belt, NW Turkey
Gülyüz Nilay, Gülyüz Erhan, Shipton Zoe K, Kuşcu İlkay, Lord Richard A
Geosciences Journal (2019)
Ten-year legacy of organic carbon in non-agricultural (brownfield) soils restored using green waste compost exceeds 4  per mille per annum : benefits and trade-offs of a circular economy approach
Lord Richard, Sakrabani Ruben
Science of the Total Environment Vol 686, pp. 1057-1068 (2019)
Chemical and biological tests to assess the viability of amendments and Phalaris arundinacea for the remediation and restoration of historic mine tailings
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard A, Davidson Christine M
10th Annual Conference on the Advances in Land Contamination Assessment and Remediation (2019)
Can dredged canal sediments be used for flood defence as part of the Scottish circular economy?
Lord Richard, Bertram Doug, Cochrane Neil, Hamilton Alasdair, Jakstys Ignas, João Elsa, Robinson Peter, Torrance Keith
10th Annual Conference on the Advances in Land Contamination Assessment and Remediation (2019)

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Professional activities

SedNet Working Group on Sediments in the Circular Economy
Applied Sciences (Journal)
Peer reviewer
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Journal)
Editorial board member
An assessment of the viability of organic waste amendments and Phalaris arundinacea for the phytostabilisation of historic metal mine sites
Infrastructure sediments: from resource to territorial re-use
Member of programme committee
International Symposium on Sediment Management
Member of programme committee

More professional activities


Development of Framework for Sustainable Decommissioning by Utilising the expertise gained in Ship Recycling
Turan, Osman (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator) Kurt, Rafet (Co-investigator) Lord, Richard (Co-investigator) Phoenix, Vernon (Co-investigator) Gunbeyaz, Sefer Anil (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2020
Feasibility of phytoremediation on former mine sites, Derwent Reservoir catchment, NE England
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator)
18-Jan-2018 - 17-Jan-2021
What happens to groundwater chemistry during fault slip: implications for rock friction (£1.2K)
Stillings, Mark (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Lord, Richard (Co-investigator)
Mimicking the pressure changes in groundwater during earthquakes. Changes in groundwater pressure can trigger precipitation and dissolution of minerals, changing water chemistry and fracture surfaces. This in turn can lead to changes in rock friction, potentially increasing the magnitude of future earthquakes.
31-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Groundwater geochemistry changes during unloading due to reservoir drainage: Main study (£25K)
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Stillings, Mark (Post Grad Student) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Boyce, Adrian J. (Co-investigator)
Use of NERC Isotope Community Support Facility Application IP-1762-1117 (£25K)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
SURICATES Interreg NWE 462 - Sediment Uses as Resources in Circular And Territorial Economies.
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Bertram, Doug (Co-investigator) João, Elsa (Co-investigator) Zawdie, Girma (Co-investigator) Tarantino, Alessandro (Co-investigator)
€5.7M Interreg NWE Industrial Research Partnership
21-Jan-2017 - 21-Jan-2022
10-year carbon storage & nutrient status of compost-amended brownfield soils: BLRS Legacy BioReGen
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator)
The purpose of the present study was to determine the long-term benefits of adding compost compost during restoration of brownfield sites, especially from the perspective of carbon stored as organic matter. In 2007 five brownfield sites in NE England were amended with PAS100 green waste compost prior to planting with four energy crops – SRC willow, Miscanthus, switchgrass and reed canarygrass. At the Rainton Bridge site near Sunderland the resulting 1 hectare trial included perpendicular strips where 250, 500 or 750 t.ha-1 of compost were spread and incorporated into the upper c 10 cm surface of subsoil placed over a clay cap. Soils at this site were resampled in 2017-18 to determine if the effects of different rates of compost addition were still discernible. Tests included total and available nutrients, residual contaminants and in particular the resultant soil organic carbon levels.
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2018

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