Professor Zoe Shipton

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Personal statement

Engineering the subsurface is critical to reaching net zero: underpinning new clean energy (geothermal, offshore wind); enabling large-scale energy storage (pumped storage hydropower; thermal storage, compressed air, hydrogen); and providing safe long-term storage of waste (geological disposal of CO2, radioactive waste disposal). My research spans fundamental geoscience research on subsurface processes, understanding geological and interpretational uncertainties, through to the social science of communicating these geological concepts & uncertainties, and demonstrating novel technologies through in-ground experiments. To help achieve the large-scale changes in our energy system and society that are needed to meet - and ideally exceed - our net zero targets, I work in close collaboration between academia, industry, government and civil society across a wide range of disciplines. 


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Using subtle variations in groundwater geochemistry to identify the proximity of individual geological structures : a case study from the Grimsel Test Site (Switzerland)
Stillings M, Shipton ZK, Lord RA, Lunn RJ
Geoenergy (2024)
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 Vol 2 (2024)
Cyclical hydraulic pressure pulses reduce breakdown pressure and initiate staged fracture growth in PMMA
Mouli-Castillo Julien, Kendrick Jackie E, Lightbody Alexander, Fraser-Harris Andrew, Edlmann Katriona, McDermott Christopher Ian, Shipton Zoe Kai
Geomechanics and Geophysics for Geo-Energy and Geo-Resources Vol 10 (2024)
Unravelling multiple thermotectonic events accommodated by the Highland Boundary Fault : insights from K–Ar dating
McKay Lucy, Kemp Simon J, Leslie Graham A, Todd Andrew, Shipton Zoe K, Lunn Rebecca J, Booth John
Journal of Structural Geology Vol 179 (2024)
Rate-dependence of the compressive and tensile strength of granites
Kendrick Jackie E, Lamur Anthony, Mouli-Castillo Julien, Fraser-Harris Andrew P, Lightbody Alexander, Edlmann Katriona, McDermott Christopher, Shipton Zoe
Advances in Geosciences Vol 62, pp. 11-19 (2023)
Initial observations from machine learning approaches using UK temperature data for mine water thermal (MWT)
Jack Sally F, Burnside Neil M, Hirst Catherine M, Mehrabi Sarah, Shipton Zoe K
World Geothermal Congress 2023 (2023)

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Professional Activities

A series of fortuitous events: Capture of carbon dioxide by milling of silicate minerals
Fault architecture in the Port Campbell Embayment, Otway Basin (Vic, Australia)
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2020
Fracking Bad Language

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Mechanochemical processing of silicate rocks for direct carbon capture (MACO2)
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Giesekam, Jannik (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator) Stillings, Mark (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2024 - 30-Jan-2027
Understanding the rock fatigue mechanisms in underground hydrogen storage FUSE (Global Partnerships Seedcorn Fund)
Yang, Shangtong (Principal Investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2025
Unlocking the Economic Opportunity of Minewater Geothermal Resources in Scotland-PhD support
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
GigaWattHour Subsurface Thermal Energy storAge: Engineered structures and legacy Mine shafts: STEaM
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Burnside, Neil (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator) Yang, Shangtong (Co-investigator) Johnson, Gareth (Research Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2022 - 12-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Deeming, Katherine
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator) Deeming, Katherine (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2025
Heat Flow in Complex Minewater Geothermal Systems (Studentship 2) – Digital Twin for Integration of Minewater Resources into Engineering Systems (“Studentship”)
Burnside, Neil (Principal Investigator) Shipton, Zoe (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025

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Professor Zoe Shipton
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Tel: 548 3183