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.


ContaminatEd land remediation through energy crops for soil improvement to liquid biofuel strategies : [making sustainable biofuels on formerly contaminated land]
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard, Torrance Keith
All-Energy and Decarbonise 2022 (2022)
Blue green infrastructure on mineral sites
Lord Richard, Moffat Andy, Sinnett Danni, Phillips Peter, Brignall Dave, Manning David
ICE Manual of Blue Green Infrastructure (2022) (2022)
On-site analyses as a decision support tool for dredging and sustainable sediment management
Lemière Bruno, Laperche Valérie, Wijdeveld Arjan, Wensveen Marco, Lord Richard, Hamilton Alasdair, Haouche Laurence, Henry Mathieu, Harrington Joe, Batel Branislav, Lehette Pascal
Land Vol 11 (2022)
Mechanical properties and microstructure of low carbon binders manufactured from calcined canal sediments and ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS)
Sadok Rachid Hadj, Maherzi Walid, Benzerzour Mahfoud, Lord Richard, Torrance Keith, Zambon Agnes, Abriak Nor-Edine
Sustainability Vol 13 (2021)
A pilot study for the nature-based conditioning of dredged urban canal sediments and their beneficial reuse
Torrance Keith, Lord Richard, Hamilton Alasdair, Jakstys Ignas
Joint SedNet-Navigating a Changing Climate online Workshop (2021)
Identifying non-agricultural marginal lands as a route to sustainable bioenergy provision - a review and holistic definition
Mellor P, Lord RA, João E, Thomas R, Hursthouse A
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Vol 135 (2021)

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Professional activities

Could Contaminated Land Provide Sustainable Feedstocks for liquid biofuels?
Frontiers in Environmental Science (Journal)
Associate Editor
Highlights of Sustainability (Journal)
Editorial board member
Polish National Science Centre (NCN) (External organisation)
Could contaminated land provide the solution for bioenergy’s sustainability problem?
Can non-agricultural, brownfield or contaminated land be used for sustainable bioenergy production
Invited speaker

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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
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

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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