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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Theme Statement:

Hazards arising from geologic phenomena, such as volcanoes and active fault zones, motivate much of the research within the Earth Sciences. The Geohazards Theme at Durham connects researchers from across the spectrum of geoscience disciplines, including geochemistry, mineralogy, geophysics, volcanology, structural geology, rock mechanics, experimental and numerical modelling, and field geology. We apply our multidisciplinary expertise to answer fundamental questions regarding the nature of geohazards, the controls of their causative geological processes and the risks that they pose.


Dr. Richard Brown Prof. Jon Gluyas Dr. Claire Horwell Prof. Bob Holdsworth Dr. Ed LlewellinProf. Gillian FoulgerProf. Colin MacphersonDr. Simon MathiasProf. Jim McElwaineProf. Ken McCaffreyDr. Stefan Nielsen

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Dr. George Cooper

Associated Research Institutes, Consortia and Centres

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Durham Geochemistry Centre Volcanic Margins Research Consortium

Geohazards Current Research Projects

Durham Investigator(s) Sponsor Title Value Dates
Prof. Simon Mathias NERC Indonesia: Java Flood One £329,009 01/10/2021
Dr. Claire Horwell - with collaborators in Psychology, Anthropology,
SASS and School of Medicine, academic partners in Indonesia, Mexico and Japan
Wellcome Trust & DfID. HIVE - Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions. * £585,963 30/10/2018
Stefan Nielsen(Co-Investigator) EU NOFEAR - New Outlook on seismic faults: From EARthquake nucleation to arrest * £128,820 31/12/2019
Prof. Jim McElwaine Leverhulme The Rosetta Stone Network: Physical testing towards a common understanding of debris flows £27.300 31/01/2020
Telemaco Tesei Marie Curie STRAIN: fault STRength breAkdown and Implications for earthquake Nucleation * £123,046 10/09/2019
Prof. Peter Talling Marie Curie SLATE ITN - Submarine LAndslides and Their impact on European continental margins * £186,002 30/03/2021
Prof. Peter Talling NERC Co-ordinating and pump-priming international efforts for direct monitoring of active turbidity currents at global 'test sites' * £269,869 16/04/2019
Dr Ed Llewellin NERC DisEQM, Quantifying disequilibrium processes in basaltic volcanism * £454,668 30/08/2021
Dr Kate Dobson NERC Mobilising magma in the largest eruptions: Quantifying critical processes using in situ real time x-ray tomography * £635,337 30/03/2021
Dr Ed Llewellin
Dr. Madeleine Humphreys
NERC Reconstructing eruptive processes from volatile distribution in volcanic glass * £482,410 30/10/2019

Associated Research Groups




Structural Geology

Associated Research Facilities