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Durham University

Department of Earth Sciences

Staff and Postgraduate Students

Dr Charlotte Adams

Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42280
Room number: ES323
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

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.

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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Journal Article

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Departmental Contacts

RoleNameExtemail address
Head of Department Prof. Andy Aplin 42332
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor Dr Richard J Brown 42303
Deputy Undergraduate Admissions Tutor Prof. Fred Worrall 42295
Chair of the Board of Examiners Prof. Ken McCaffrey 42299
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor Dr. Stuart Jones 42319
Department Manager Mrs Jill Hoult 42326
Learning & Teaching Manager Mrs Janice Oakes 42310
Finance Manager Mrs Karen Atkinson

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Finance Administrator Mrs Paula Elliott 43490
Director of Postgraduate Studies Dr Julie Prytulak 42328
Director of Research Prof. Ed Llewellin 42336
Chair of Education Committee Prof. James Baldini 42334
Director of Undergraduate Studies Prof. Claire Horwell 42253
Staff-Student Liaison Committee Chair Prof. Claire Horwell 42253
Natural Sciences Academic Contact Prof. Yaoling Niu 42311
Safety Officer Dr Chris Ottley 42325
Safety Adviser Fieldwork Dr Nic de Paola 42333
Senior Research Administrator Mrs Dianne Whatcott 42305

Departmental Superintendent Mr James Dyson 42281

Department International Coordinator Prof. Dave Selby 42294

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