Dr Keith Torrance

Research Associate

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2019 as a researcher to work on the SURICATES project under Dr. Richard Lord, investigating the beneficial reuse of dredged canal sediments. I also work part-time as a work-based learning advisor on the graduate apprenticeship program and teach CL989 isotope hydrology. My background is as an environmental scientist and chartered geologist, working within the environmental and mining sectors in North America and Europe over a career spanning 30 years. My interests are arsenic geochemistry, contaminated land management, contaminated sediment characterisation, contaminant geochemistry, environmental impact statements, groundwater hydrology, waste characterisation, environmental baseline studies for mining projects, and site remediation. Since 2012, I have been managing contaminated land projects in Arctic Alaska that are related to historical mining and oil & gas production.


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)
Editorial : the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH): 50 years and beyond
Watts M J, Argyraki A, Barbieri M, Brown A, Button M, Finkelman R, Gibson G, Humphrey O, Huo X, Hursthouse A S, Kaninga B, Marinho Reis P, Middleton D R S, Morton-Bermea O, Nazarpour A, Olatunji A S, Osano O, Potgieter-Vermaak S, Prater C, Torrance K, Wong M H, Zhang C, Zia M
Environmental Geochemistry and Health (2022)
The impact of artisanal gold mining, ore processing and mineralization on water quality in Marmato, Colombia
Torrance Keith W, Redwood Stewart D, Cecchi Alessandro
Environmental Geochemistry and Health Vol 43, pp. 4265-4282 (2021)
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)
Geochemical aspects to reusing dredged canal sediment
Torrance Keith, Lord Richard

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Could contaminated land provide the solution for bioenergy’s sustainability problem?
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 – A Net Zero management option
Beneficial use of river sediments as topsoil for passive carbon capture and storage during land restoration and energy crop production
Scottish Contaminated Land Forum (External organisation)
The 5th International Symposium on Environment and Health
Member of programme committee

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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

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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