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.  I am currently Director of Knowledge Exchange, providing a focus for the Department's external activities, including continuing professional development, consultancy and knowledge transfer.  I am also the Faculty of Engineering champion for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, probably the best known of all University knowledge exchange activities (see www.ktponline.org.uk/).

My teaching duties include leading the "Energy Design Projects" for MEng & MSc Civil Engineering students and the "Independent Study in Collaboration with Industry (including Carbon Trusts SME Carbon Audit)" module for Enironmental masters students.  I am Course Director for the MRes programmes in Climate Change Adaptation, Geo-Environmental Engineering and Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control (IPPC).



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)
SURICATES : demonstration through pilots of sediment reuse for coastal defence or climate change mitigation
Masson E, Harrington J, Wijdeveld A, Groot H, Lord R, Debuigne T, Wensveen M, Hamilton A, Benzerzour M, O'Connor M, Lemiere B
International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments (2019)
Detection of weak seismic signals in noisy environments from unfiltered, continuous passive seismic recordings
Kinali M, Pytharouli S, Lunn R J, Shipton Z K, Stillings M, Lord R, Thompson S
Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America Vol 108, pp. 2993-3004 (2018)
Tracing groundwater flow paths in fractured rock using naturally-occurring organic biomarkers
Stillings Mark, Shipton Zoe, Lord Richard, Lunn Rebecca, Kinali Marianna, Pytharouli Stella, Thompson Sally
Goldschmidt 2018 (2018)
Can brownfield land be reused for ground source heating to alleviate fuel poverty?
Donaldson Ross, Lord Richard
Renewable Energy Vol 116, pp. 344-355 (2018)
Repeated reactivation of clogged permeable pathways in epithermal gold deposits : Kestanelik epithermal vein system, NW Turkey
Gülyuz Nilay, Shipton Zoe K, Kuşcu Ilkay, Lord Richard A, Kaymakcı Nuretdin, Gülyüz Ethan, Gladwell David R
Journal of the Geological Society (2018)

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Professional activities

AquaConSoil 2019 15th International Conference Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources, 20–24 May 2019, Antwerp, Belgium (Event)
Supergen Bioenergy Hub Researchers' Day 2018
Using marginal land for Reed Canarygrass production as part of the circular bio-economy
IBioIC Annual Conference
KTP Workshop
Training day on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control for delegates from the Hebei Provincial Government

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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)
SURICATES - 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
SURICATES- Sediment Uses as Resources in Circular And Territorial Economies
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator)
20-Jan-2017 - 19-Jan-2021

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