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 



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)
Microseismic events cause significant pH drops in groundwater
Stillings M, Lunn R J, Pytharouli S, Shipton Z K, Kinali M, Lord R, Thompson S
Geophysical Research Letters Vol 48 (2021)
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 growth of faults and fracture networks in a mechanically evolving, mechanically stratified rock mass : a case study from Spireslack Surface Coal Mine, Scotland
Andrews Billy James, Shipton Zoe Kai, Lord Richard, McKay Lucy
Solid Earth Vol 11, pp. 2119-2140 (2020)
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 Vol 24, pp. 407-424 (2020)

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Professional activities

Can non-agricultural, brownfield or contaminated land be used for sustainable bioenergy production
Beneficial use of river sediments as topsoil for passive carbon capture and storage during land restoration and energy crop production – A Net Zero management option
Results of long-term monitoring of a river sediment reuse and phyto-stabilisation trial using reed canarygrass
Beneficial use of river sediments as topsoil for passive carbon capture and storage during land restoration and energy crop production
SedNet Working Group on Sediments in the Circular Economy
Applied Sciences (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


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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