Dr Richard Lord


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.

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Fingerprinting dissolved organic compounds : a potential tool for identifying the surface infiltration environments of meteoric groundwaters
Stillings M, Lunn RJ, Shipton ZK, Lord RA, Thompson S, Knapp M
Geoenergy (2024)
A circular economy approach to drinking water treatment residue management in a catchment impacted by historic metal mines
Nunn Benjamin, Lord Richard, Davidson Christine M
Journal of Environmental Management Vol 345 (2023)
Review of UK inland waterways transportation from the hydrodynamics point of view
Terziev Momchil, Mosse Jonathan, Norman Rosemary, Pazouki Kayvan, Lord Richard, Tezdogan Tahsin, Thompson Charlotte, Konovessis Dimitrios, Incecik Atilla
Urban Planning Vol 8, pp. 438-454 (2023)
Baseline characterization of Pb-Zn-Cu-Cd-As mine soils using pXRF for phyto-stabilisation trials using Phalaris arundinacea
Torrance Keith, Nunn Benn, Lord Richard, Lapeche Valerie, Coftier Aline, Hamilton Alasdair, Lemiere Bruno
SEGH 2023 (2023)
Repurposing dredged canal sediment for topsoil at Bowling, Scotland
Torrance Keith, Lord Richard Alastair, Hamilton Alasdair, Berry Paul
Sustainability Vol 15 (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)

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Professional Activities

CEDA Working Group on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from Sediment
Beneficial use of sediments for our future: compared pathways for taking profit of them as resources for new challenges
Social, Economic and Environmental Analyses for Sediment Reuse Applications
Towards net-zero sediment management of inland waterways – comparing embedded and embodied carbon emissions for dredging and reuse scenarios
Lessons from pilot-scale sediment reuse projects on the Scottish canal network.
A mobile & continuous granulometric classification & dehydration pilot to improve sediment reuse strategies. Case studies & results interpretation

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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
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)
Interreg NWE Industrial Research Partnership - Initial project phase
€5.67M total budget Includes €3.4M ERDF funding received from Interreg North-West Europe (2017-2021)
21-Jan-2017 - 21-Jan-2022

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Dr Richard Lord
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: richard.lord@strath.ac.uk
Tel: Unlisted