Dr Richard Lord

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I am a geochemist with interdisciplinary research interests in earth resources & pollution, low carbon energy, sustainability, engineering and the environment. I have particular expertise in the reuse of wastes in the bio-based Circular Economy and the remediation and reuse of contaminated or brownfield land to deliver net zero. After joining Strathclyde in 2012 I won CEE’s first KTP for 25 years with Scottish Canals on reusing dredged sediments, while my earlier KTP with Northumbrian Water on reusing water treatment residues was nominated for KTP of the year. As CEE’s Director of Knowledge Exchange for 7 years I was the Engineering Faculty’s KTP champion, securing funding for a further KTP for the Department with William Tracey. I now lead Strathclyde’s contribution to two international research consortium projects which each develop my earlier research themes: The €8M SURICATES Interreg NWE project (Sediment Uses as Resources in Circular And Territorial EconomieS) addresses the largest non-mining waste stream in the EU with a consortium of 14 European partners. The €3.5M CERESiS H2020 Project (ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for Soil improvement to liquid biofuel Strategies) is addressing two key issues: the legacy of contaminated land and the requirements for high energy density liquid biofuels for transport to meet our Net-Zero targets, through a truly international consortium of 12 partners, from Canada, Brazil, Ukraine and Europe. I currently lead the Circular Land & Water research group, within the Centre for Water, Sustainability & Public Health, and am subtheme co-ordinator for Environmental Impact for the University’s “Energy” research theme. I lead and deliver CEE’s three group design project modules for 5th year MEng and MSc Civil/Environmental Engineering students CL518, CL519 and CL966. I am open to PhD student enquiries in all of the above areas.


Workers' exposure to dust and potentially toxic elements during steel cutting in two ship dismantling cases
Gunbeyaz Sefer Anil, Giagloglou Eva, Kurt Rafet Emek, Garmer Rogge Karin, McKenna Stuart A, Turan Osman, Lord Richard
Ocean Engineering Vol 270 (2023)
Contaminated or just dusty? Understanding the nature of contaminants found in biomass grown on historic mine sites to inform pre-treatment options
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard, Minto James, Davidson Christine, Manzoor Neelam
EGU General Assembly 2023 (2023)
Assessing penetration resistance in Phalaris arundinacea harvest operations under minimum tillage conditions
Bianchini Leonardo, Colantoni Andrea, Lord Richard, Nunn Benjamin, Alemanno Riccardo
EGU General Assembly 2023 (2023)
Growing perennial grasses on contaminated soils for phytoremediation and renewable energy : a nature-based solution to maximise energy and eco-system service provision?
Lord Richard, Nunn Ben, Wright Ben, Colantoni Andrea, Bianchini Leonardo, Alemanno Riccardo, Tryboi Oleksandra, Severino Maico Roris, Leandro Wilson Mozena
EGU General Assembly 2023 (2023)
Contaminated or just dusty? Understanding the nature of contaminants found in biomass grown on historic mine sites to inform pre-treatment options
Lord Richard, Nunn Benjamin, Davidson Christine, Minto James, Manzoor Neelam
31st European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (2023)
Growing perennial rhizomatous grasses on contaminated land for phytoremediation : maximising energy and eco-system service provision
Lord Richard, Nunn Benjamin
31st European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (2023)

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Professional activities

The CERESiS Project: ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for Soil improvement to liquid biofuel Strategies
First year results from the CERESiS phytoremediation trial sites
Environmental Geochemistry and Health (Journal)
Associate Editor
Nature-based solutions reusing Scottish canal sediment for topsoil and sand in a circular economy
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from dredging - an inland waterways perspective
UKRI Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network (External organisation)

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University of Strathclyde Centre for Sustainable Development, Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training for Sustainable Development
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Torrance, Keith (Principal Investigator)
50% co-funding for PhD studentship bursary and stipend award (£37.6K) matching £37.6K from CERESiS H2020 project.
01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2026
KTP 13260 - AHK Energy Services Ltd. Development of robust analytical methodology to support the creation of an index of risk of self-heating ability of biomass pellets
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator) Li, Jun (Co-investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for Soil Improvement to liquid fuels Strategies
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Torrance, Keith (Co-investigator) Nunn, Benjamin (Post Grad Student)
Horizon 2020 project, addressing call *LC-SC3-RES-35-2020: Combined clean biofuel production and phytoremediation solutions from contaminated lands worldwide
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
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

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir

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