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Dr Charlotte Adams

Research Associate in the Department of Engineering
Room number: 2nd floor annexe Earth Sciences Dept
Mid Career Fellow in the Durham Energy Institute
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41094

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Charlotte Adams (Née Nuttall) completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Geology at the University of St Andrews in 1996. She then moved to the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University where she gained her PhD in 1999 on the treatment of metaliferous discharges from historically abandoned lead/zinc mines. Charlotte then worked as a research associate at Newcastle University working on projects connected with water management and treatment in the mining and extractive industries.

Charlotte has both industrial and academic experience having joined industry on secondment to investigate the potential of abandoned mine workings for exploitation by ground source heat pumps. She subsequently worked in the renewable energy industry undertaking renewable energy feasibility studies and energy audits on behalf of the Carbon Trust until joining Durham University in 2009.

Charlotte joined Durham University as the Business Research Coordinator for Durham Energy Institute, and has worked on several multidisciplinary projects with colleagues from the departments of Engineering, Anthropology, Geography, History and Earth Sciences that have focused upon the socio-technical aspects of energy use from generation to end user. Charlotte was appointed as Research Manager for the BritGeothermal research partnership in 2013. This is a UK-based consortium established as a focus for deep geothermal energy research both in the UK and globally.

Charlotte was apointed as Lecturer in the Department of Geography in October 2015 where her research focuses on the water/energy nexus, mining, heat networks, geothermal energy and microgeneration. She is also an active member of Durham Energy Institute.


  • Member of Durham University Carbon Management Team
  • Durham Energy Institute Mid-career fellow
  • Research Manager BritGeothermal

Research Groups

Durham Energy Institute

  • Energy Policy Group

Research Interests

  • Energy
  • Geothermal
  • Microgeneration
  • Minewater
  • Water

Selected Publications

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Adams, C. (2016). Policy Changes for Future Proofing Housing Stock. In Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US. Heffron, R.J. & Little, G.F.M.
  • Nuttall, C. A., Adams, R. & Younger, P.L. (2004). Integrated hydraulic/hydrogeochemical assessment of flooded deep mine voids by test pumping at Deerplay (Lancashire) and Frances Colliery (Fife). In Mine Water Hydrogeology and Geochemistry. Geological Society, London, Special Publication. Younger, P. L. & Robbins, N. S. The Geological Society. 315-326.
  • Nuttall, C. A. & Younger, P. L. (2004). Secondary minerals in the abandoned mines of Nenthead, Cumbria as sinks for pollutant metals. In Mine Water Hydrogeology and Geochemistry. Geological Society, London, Special Publication. Younger, P. L. & Robbins, N. S. The Geological Society. 241-250.

Journal Article

Conference Paper

  • Curtis, R., Law, R. & Adams, C. (2016), Geothermal Energy Use, Country Update for United Kingdom, European Geothermal Congress 2016. Strasbourg, France.

Conference Proceeding

  • Nuttall, C. A. & Younger, P. L. (2000). Assessment and experimental passive treatment of zinc-rich net alkaline minewaters, Nent Valley, UK. In: Rozkowski, A. & Rogoz, M. Mine water and the Environment. Proceedings of the 7th International mine water association congress held 11-15th Sept 2000, Ustron, Poland. Mine water and the Environment, Ustron, Poland.

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