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.


Professor Fred Worrall
Water & Emissions Lead
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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.

Professor Peter Styles
Seismicity Lead
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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
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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
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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. Will Coombs
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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
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
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 Liam Herringshaw
Post-Doctoral Researcher
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Liam is a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at Durham University. Within ReFINE he is primarily responsible for producing research briefs.
Sam Almond
ReFINE Coordinator
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Sam studied Environmental Geoscience at Durham University. He is responsible for the ReFINE web pages, general admin and also acts as a research assistant.
Dr. Graham Ferrier
Hull University
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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.


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