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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Shale Gas

The Durham Energy Institute is a leading energy institute in the UK with a track record in shale gas research developed since 2011. There is an interdisciplinary group of over 20 geologists, social scientists and engineers who focus on shale gas research at Durham University.

Durham University is a lead partner in Researching Fracking in Europe (ReFINE) consortium with Newcastle University. ReFINE is the leading international research consortium on fracking. ReFINE works closely with a global network of leading scientists and institutions to research the potential environmental and social impacts of shale gas exploitation.

Durham also hosts the Unconventional Hydrocarbon Research Group.

Find out more about DEI Shale Gas research, consultancy, and resources.

Areas of research

Risk; Fracking; Contamination; Induced seismicity; Porosity; Permeability

Find out more about our Shale Gas focus areas.

Durham University Team

Professor Andy Aplin (Shale geology, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum)

Professor Jon Trevelyan (Fracture growth)

Professor Gillian Foulger (Induced seismicity)

Professor Fred Worrall (Water and environment)

Dr Nicola De Paola (Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics

Professor Veronica Strang (Human-environmental relations, executive director Institute of Advanced Study)

Dr Howard Armstrong (Palaeoecology and climate change)

Dr Will Coombs (Fracture growth),

Dr Judith Covey (Psychology of uncertainty and risk)

Dr Simon Mathias (Hydrogeology),

Professor Sandra Bell (Social science),

Dr Ben Campbell (Anthropology of low carbon transitions, energy for development)

Dr. Ian Boothroyd (Postdoctoral researcher)