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Dr Hadrian Cook

School/Department: Natural & Built Environments
Position: Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development


An experienced teacher and author, research career widened from being a soil scientist and geologist to interests in hydrology, water resources management and protection, historic aspects of the landscape and most recently environmental policy and governance with reference to catchment groups in the voluntary sector.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2011 - present
  • 2010 - present Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • 1983 - 1986 PhD: 'Assessment of Drought Resistance in Soils' (East Anglia)
  • 1979 - 1981 MSc: 'Natural Environments and Plant Growth': (Birkbeck, London)
  • 1977 - 1977 PGCE Geography: (Institute of Education London)
  • 1973 - 1976 BSc Geology: hons, (Sheffield)

Research Interests

» Catchment management, history and water protection policy development.
» Development of professional networks for catchment management.
» Role of the voluntary sector in environmental management and governance
» Water meadows and grazing marshes, operation and history
» Targeting of land for diversion from agriculture.
» Methods for the protection of groundwater and surface waters from nitrate pollution.
» Properties of soils under 'organic', sustainable and conventional systems.
» Soil amendment and agricultural restoration using organic waste and crop residues.

Teaching Area

Hydrology, Ecology, Soil Science, Sustainable Development and Policy, Environmental Management and Environmental History

Other Professional Activity

Editor: 'SEESOIL': Journal of the South-East England Soils Discussion Group (1991 – 97).
Co-editor: Soil Management in Sustainable Agriculture (1995), Wye College Press, Ashford.
Co-editor: Water Management in the English landscape (1999), Edinburgh University Press.
Co-editor: Water Meadows: History, Ecology and Conservation (2007) Windgather Press. Community participation and outreach in environmental education


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