Professor Richard Davies
Project Lead
 
 
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Richard Davies is Professor of geo-energy at Newcastle University, having previously been Director of the Durham Energy Institute at Durham University. He has been working on hydraulic fracturing for the last ten years, the last two of which have been focused on hydraulic fracturing used to exploit shale gas and oil.

Richard has presented to NGOs, media, regulators and governments across Europe on the risks associated with fracking and published peer-reviewed papers on some of the key risks. He previously spent seven years in the petroleum industry in Aberdeen, London and Houston working for ExxonMobil on development and exploration projects.

In the UK, Richard is an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Unconventional Oil and Gas. He is agnostic about the issue of shale gas and oil exploitation but very outspoken about his commitment to expanding the evidence base in the European fracking debate. He is Project Lead of ReFINE.

 

 
Publications
 
Professor Fred Worrall - Durham University
Water & Emissions
 
 
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Fred Worrall is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University, and his research interests focus on agricultural pollution, carbon biogeochemistry, contaminant hydrology and environmental chemistry. Fred gained his PhD from Reading in 1995 and since then has published over 100 research papers. His current research includes assessing the risk associated with radionuclides in flowback water from hydraulic fracturing.

 
Publications
 
Professor Peter Styles - Keele University
Seismicity
 
 
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Peter Styles is Professor of applied and environmental geophysics and has 40 years' experience covering areas such as geohazards, subsidence, sinkholes, karst mining collapse, shale gas induced seismicity and microseismology. He is also a member of the Research Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics (EPSAM).

 
 
Professor Gillian Foulger - Durham University
Seismicity
 
 
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Based at Durham University, Prof. Foulger's research focuses on volcanics and tectonics, with a particular focus on Iceland. Within the ReFINE project she will examine the link between seismicity and faults in the UK.
 
 
Dr. Neil Thorpe - Newcastle University
Traffic
 
 
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Neil Thorpe is a lecturer in transport studies at Newcastle University. His research interests include travel behaviour modelling, attitudinal modelling and travel demand management techniques with the aim of reducing congestion and atmospheric pollution and improving road safety.
 
 
Dr. Paul Goodman - Newcastle University
Traffic
 
 
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Paul is a researcher in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University. His research themes have included acoustics and air-quality issues. Within ReFINE he will be working on modelling the impact of traffic associated with the fracking process.

 
 
Dr. Fabio Galatioto - Newcastle University
Traffic
 
 
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Fabio is a research fellow in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University. He will be working on asessing the impact of fracking-related traffic. His research focusses on traffic modelling, transport emissions and road safety.

 
 
Dr. Will Coombs - Durham University
Modelling
 
 
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Will Coombs is a Lecturer in the Mechanics Group in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University. His past research has focused on the theoretical development and numerical implementation of finite deformation constitutive models for pressure-sensitive particulate geomaterials.
 
 
Dr. David Reiner - Cambridge University
Public Engagement
 
 
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Dr. David Reiner is senior lecturer in technology policy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and is assistant director of the ESRC Electricity Policy Research Group. His research interests have included the political and social acceptability of carbon capture and storage, public perceptions of energy technologies, and science and energy communication.

 
 
Professor Zoe Shipton - University of Strathclyde
Shale Faulting
 
 
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Zoe is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Her research focusses on understanding the 3D structure of faults and applying this to issues such as seismicity and permeability.

 
 
Dr. Graham Ferrier - Hull University
Research Support
 
 
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Graham is a senior lecturer in geography at the University of Hull. He is currently supporting the work of Professor Fred Worrall (Durham University) on developing technologies to measure fugitive gas emissions and differentiate between biogenic and thermogenic methane.

 
 
Prof. Jon Gluyas - Durham University
Research Support
 
 
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Jon Gluyas is a Professor in CCS & Geo-Energy in the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University where he is also Dean of Knowledge Exchange. Within the ReFINE project Jon provides support on research themes such as well integrity and induced seismicity.

 
 
Sam Almond - Durham University
ReFINE Coordinator
 
 
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Sam is based at Newcastle University and is responsible for project coordination and administration. He has a background in Environmental Geoscience and is also involved in several ReFINE research projects examining fugitive emissions from oil and gas infrastructure.
 
 

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