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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. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Displacement gradients at fault tips- the Chimney Rock fault array, Utah., University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Bachelor of Science, University of Leeds

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994


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