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Paul Nathanail

Professor of Engineering Geology and Director, eMasters in Contaminated Land Management, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Paul is Professor of Engineering Geology at the University of Nottingham (www.nottingham.ac.uk) and Managing Director of Land Quality Management Ltd (www.lqm.co.uk). His research, teaching and consultancy interests span the spectrum of risk based contaminated land management and sustainable urban regeneration. His team have developed decision support tools for site investigation design, human health risk assessment and remediation strategy selection. LQM are known for their work in training regulators and consultants and in peer reviewing countless reports for local authorities and developers. They pioneered the use of bioaccessibility in UK human health risk assessment and worked with CIEH to publish generic assessment criteria for 31 substances in December 2006 and 82 substances in July 2009. Paul is a Specialist in Land Condition (www.silc.org.uk) and, as a Chartered Geologist, represents the Geological Society on the SILC professional and technical panel. He is also a member of the Health Protection Agency's Contaminated Land Risk Advisory Forum and a director of CABERNET (www.cabernet.org.uk) - Europe's sustainable brownfield regeneration network. He has written, alone and with others, many technical guidance documents including the first and second editions of the LQM/CIEH Generic Assessment Criteria (adopted as generic assessment criteria by the majority of practitioners throughout the UK); the CIEH "Professional Practice Note: Reviewing Human Health Risk Assessment Reports Invoking Contaminant Oral Bioavailability Measurements Or Estimates"; both editions of the "Contaminated Land Ready Reference". Present Appointment: Professor of Engineering Geology, University of Nottingham (2007 to Date) Head, Land Quality Management Research Group (2002 - to date) Managing Director, Land Quality Management Ltd (1997 to date) Honours and Distinctions: · Glossop Medal and Lecturer 2009 · Geological Society Distinguished Fellows Memorial Fund, 1991 · Herbert Lapworth Medal, Imperial College 1987

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Professor Paul Nathanail CGeol SILC Paul is Professor of Engineering Geology at the University of Nottingham (www.nottingham.ac.uk) and Managing Director of Land Quality Management Ltd (www.lqm.co.uk). His research, teaching and consultancy interests span the spectrum of risk based contaminated land management and sustainable urban regeneration. His team have developed decision support tools for site investigation design, human health risk assessment and remediation strategy selection. As a director of CABERNET (www.cabernet.org.uk) - Europe's sustainable brownfield regeneration network, he has a rare overview of brownfield reuse policies and practice across Europe and beyond. Paul is involved in a number of professional and industrial fora. He chairs IAEG Commission C20: Risk Based Land Management. Paul is a Specialist in Land Condition (www.silc.org.uk) and, as a Chartered Geologist, represents the Geological Society on the SILC professional and technical panel. He is a former member of the UK Health Protection Agency's Contaminated Land Risk Advisory Forum and IPMNet's (now the Environmental Sustainability KTN) steering committee. He delivered the Geological Society of London's 10th Glossop Lecture and received the eponymous medal in November 2009. LQM are known for their work in training regulators and consultants and in peer reviewing countless reports for local authorities and developers. They pioneered the use of bioaccessibility in UK human health risk assessment and worked with CIEH to publish generic assessment criteria some 82 common contaminants to complement the screening values for 10 substances published on behalf of the UK government. This has revolutionised and speeded up the consideration of contaminated land issues through the land use planning system. The University of Nottingham has an international reputation for its research led approach to academia. It was the first foreign University to open a campus in China and also has a campus in Malaysia. Paul runs a unique vocational masters program which over the past decade has helped many consultants and regulators hone their skills in risk based contaminated land management. He is a regular visitor to the USA and has brought groups of students to visit redevelopment and remediation projects every year since 1998.

Teaching Summary

I am interested in the two way interaction between people and the (predominantly sub surface) environment. The ground both affects what we do by way of engineering and resource management and is… read more

Research Summary

My research focuses on the themes of risk based contaminated land management and sustainable brownfield regeneration.

Having developed two tranches of Generic Assessment Criteria to inform generic quantitative risk assessment for use under both the planning regime and Part 2A of the Environmental Protection ACt 1990, we have changed the way regulators and consultants tackle substances for which there is no published soil guideline value. We have also pioneered the use of contaminant bioavailability in regulatory risk assessment and written the relevant CIEH professional practice note.

Selected Publications

I am interested in the two way interaction between people and the (predominantly sub surface) environment. The ground both affects what we do by way of engineering and resource management and is affected by what we do by way of waste disposal and pollution.

My teaching is soundly based in science and focuses on those skills needed to be an effective practitioner. It also recognises though that social and economic aspects, including morals and mores,inlfuence the choices we make in the face of uncertainty.

Since my interests are global I am keen to use technology to deliver teaching to as wide an audience as possible. Hence the part time MRes in contaminated land management that I run, is being offered as an entirely distance learning mode of delivery from since 2010.

Future Research

Both UK and EU policy seeks to identify and manage unnacceptbly high risks to human health from elevated contaminant concentrations. Cross disciplinary research is needed to identify the response to high doses of contaminants.

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