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This experts directory is a searchable database of Queen’s academics who are interested in talking to the media about their areas of expertise.

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Photo: Dr Karen Kerr

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW)

Dr Kerr’s recent research looks at children and young people’s connection to and knowledge of nature, views on environmental sustainability and their health and well-being, as outcomes of outdoor learning.

Expertise: Outdoor learning; Learning Outside the Classroom; Environmental Education; Education for Sustainable Development; Teacher professional development

Photo: Dr Peter Doran

School of Law, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Dr Doran has worked as a consultant writer with the UN Climate Change Convention, going back to the negotiation of the Kyoto Protocol, and has written on the topics of climate change; mindfulness; environmental governance and activism on the island of Ireland; rights of nature, including a recent book on the 'mindful commons and the attention economy'. He has worked in NGOs and in parliamentary settings on both sides of the border, and at the United Nations.

Expertise: Climate change, mindfulness, environmental governance and activism on the island of Ireland, rights of nature, Brexit

Photo: Professor Mark Emmerson

School of Biological Sciences

His work focusses on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, the drivers of biodiversity change and the consequences of biodiversity loss for ecosystem stability.

Expertise: Biodiversity and its interplay with climate, Nature, Resilience and Nature based Solutions, Climate

Photo: Dr Deepti Adlakha

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Dr. Adlakha's research focuses on generating, translating and scaling up evidence for reducing environmental health and social disparities, particularly factors affecting prevention, control and mitigation of chronic and acute non-communicable diseases in populations.

Expertise: Environmental health, Non-communicable diseases, Geospatial health disparities

Photo: Dr Andrew Newton

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

His main research interests focus broadly on high latitude/altitude settings. This work typically focuses on integrating geomorphological and stratigraphic information from offshore 3D and 2D seismic data, borehole/core data, and remote sensing of land areas.

Expertise: glaciology, geology and geophysics, climate change of ice sheets, glaciers, sea/lake/river ice, the energy transition, carbon capture and storage

Photo: Professor Graeme Swindles

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Professor Swindles has broad research interests in Earth System Science and works on topics concerning both past, present and future climate and environmental change. He has particular interests in global peatland dynamics, peatlands as nature-based climate solutions and the response of arctic ecosystems to climate warming.

Expertise: Climate change, nature-based climate solutions, peatlands, earth system science, arctic

Photo: Dr Aoife Foley

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr Foley's areas of expertise are under the ‘Clean Energies’ theme; wind power integration, power and gas systems and transport electrification.

Expertise: Renewable energy technology integration (e.g., wind, electric vehicles, smart meters), power system innovation, emissions and energy system markets and smart cities, climate

Photo: Dr Donal Mullan

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Dr Mullan's research focuses on the development of regional and site-specific future climate change scenarios using statistical downscaling techniques, and their application to a wide range of environmental and socio-economic impact sectors.

Expertise: climate modelling; future climate scenarios; climate change impacts

Photo: Dr Madjid Karimirad

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Dr Madjid Karimirad is carrying out research on analysis, testing, development and design of offshore renewable energy structures. This covers offshore wind turbines both floating and bottom-fixed, wave energy converters, tidal turbines as well as floating solar units. 

Expertise: Assessment and Analysis of Offshore Renewable Energy, Marine Structures, Floating Wind Turbines, Floating Solar, Offshore Wind, climate

Photo: Dr Haresh Manyar

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Dr Manyar's research interests are in the area of heterogeneous Catalysis and Green Chemical Processes with projects in Energy, biofuels, fuel additives and renewable chemicals.

Expertise: Sustainable energy, production of biofuels and renewable chemicals through valorisation of waste biomass and CO2 capture and conversion, climate

Photo: Professor Jaimie Dick

School of Biological Sciences

Invasive alien species and their impacts e.g. ecological, environmental, economic, agricultural, freshwater, marine, terrestrial, effects on sustainability and synergy with climate change.

Expertise: Invasive alien species and their impacts e.g. ecological, environmental, economic, agricultural, freshwater, marine, terrestrial, effects on sustainability and synergy with climate change

Photo: Professor Geraint Ellis

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Professor Ellis’s career has been driven by the belief that people’s health and well-being are strongly shaped by the places they live, and that the way we build cities is crucial to securing a high quality of life for all. He has also focussed on the need to address climate change through spatial planning, including fostering energy transition through social engagement.

Expertise: Environmental Planning, Natural and Built Environment, healthy cities, urban planning, urban growth, sustainability, energy transition

Specialises in the effects of animal management on their performance, ability to cope with challenges, such as pathogens, and environmental impact.

Expertise: Environmental and climate-change impacts of agriculture; Sustainability in animal food systems; sustainability of agricultural systems; environmental impacts of agricultural systems; reducing agricultural carbon footprint; reducing agricultural emissions

Photo: Professor Jennifer McKinley

School of Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

Professor McKinley’s research has focused on the application of spatial analysis techniques, including geostatistics, compositional data analysis and Geographical Information Science (GIS), to soil geochemistry, environmental and criminal forensics, human health, slope instability, airborne geophysics and weathering studies.

Expertise: Spatial analysis techniques, Geostatistics, Compositional data analysis, Geographical Information Science (GIS), Soil geochemistry, Environmental and criminal forensics, Human health, Slope instability, Airborne geophysics, Weathering studies