Emma is a Daphne Jackson Fellow within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research is focused on obtaining and analysing local government data on soil contamination, including asbestos and PAH. Emma has worked in local government as a contaminated land officer, civil engineering consultancy as a geoenvironmental engineer and as a lecturer in soil mechanics and environmental geotechnics at the University of Surrey. Her main research area involves contaminated land issues such as investigation and remediation of brownfield sites. This area developed from her PhD at Cambridge University investigating the migration of pollutants in soil using numerical and geotechnical centrifuge modelling.
Her consultancy experience was obtained at Atkins and Leap Environmental Ltd., which included working on projects including the site investigation at the Millennium Site, Greenwich, remediation at Fulham gasworks and acting as verification engineer for remediation work at housing developments. In local government, she obtained DEFRA funding and project managed a major Part IIa remediation project of contaminated residential gardens. She also developed a risk ranking criteria for Part IIa sites and has overseen the contaminated land requirements of the planning process particularly for residential development.
She has research experience in overseeing PhD and Research Council projects on air pollution from traffic, using geographical information systems (GIS) on civil engineering projects and intelligent transport systems.
Emma is also a STEM ambassador, keen to promote civil engineering, particularly in primary schools. She is a member of the Women's Engineering Society and the Society of Brownfield Risk Assessors.
Daphne Jackson Research Project
Soil contamination data on brownfield (former industrial) sites is generated as part of the UK planning process. This includes data on pollutants that are considered a high risk to future site users e.g. lead, asbestos and benzo(a)pyrene (a carcinogen). As a result local government has a vast resource of highly relevant contamination data that is at present under-utilised.
The aim of this research project is to:
• Establish the extent and nature of the data held by Local Authorities
• Analyse this data to identify trends and spatial patterns
• Explore the potential to predict where contamination may be present
• Evaluate how such analysis could help reduce the costs of brownfield site redevelopment.
EPSRC funded project. Research Assistant: Dr M.Mavroulidou
EPSRC and Tony Gee and Partners
EPSRC and Surrey County Council
EPSRC and National Industrial Symbiosis Programme
ESRC and NERC (with Department of Psychology at the University of Surrey)
Royal Society Grant
EPSRC Case Studentship: Surrey County Council and Borough Councils of Surrey.
2019 I attended the Daphne Jackson Conference and presented a poster that was awarded a prize. A link to my review of the conference is below:
Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised
PhD/ EngD students and projects:
P. Jenson (2010) Incorporating industrial symbiosis into regional resource planning
N. Cropp (2009) Regenerating the Brownfields: Decision support for contaminated land professionals
P. Canning (2009) Environment v. Traffic: finding the balance
M. Lythe (2006) Comparison of spatial subsets in the analysis of air pollution data
I.Cowan (2005) The development and application of an advanced screening model to predict air quality
L. Lim (2004) A numerical investigation of traffic-related pollutants in an urban area
T. Kelay (2004) Integrating scientific and lay accounts of air pollution
As a University lecturer (1998-2010) I taught the following courses/modules:
Level 1 Civil Engineering Practice
Level 2 Soil mechanics
Level 2 Laboratory module (geotechnics)
Level 3 Sustainable transport
Level 4 / MSc Environmental Geotechnics.
Level 1- Geology field course (Devon)
Level 2 – Integrated Design
Level 2 – Leadership and management
Level 3 – Integrated Design
Level 3/4 – Individual Project
Level 4 Multidisciplinary design project