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Risk assessment of contaminated sites Oral bioaccessibility testing Environmental assessment, including life cycle assessment

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Interests

Siobhan is a Senior lecturer in Environmental and Civil Engineering. Her research interests include:

  • Whole life carbon accounting in construction, to identify hotspots for reducing embodied and user green house gas emissions from both buildings and infrastructure. 
  • Environmental assessment, including life cycle assessment, for assessing impacts of novel concrete products.
  • Risk assessment of contaminated sites (including human health risk assessment, the use of bioaccessibility testing and differentiating between geogenic and anthropogenic sources of contamination).
  • Remediation of carbon disulphide soil and groundwater contamination.

Prior to starting her research at Queen's University Belfast in  2004, Siobhan worked within Kirk McClure Morton (now RPS Belfast), as a Chartered Engineer for 6 years, working on a wide variety of projects including contaminated land investigation, risk assessment and remediation, environmental impact assessment and design of waste management facilities, including landfill sites and recycling centres.

Other

Siobhan is a member of the Sustainable Practises Committee for the school and is Scholarsips and Prizes Co-ordinator for Civil Engineering.

Teaching

Siobhan has extensively reviewed how sustainable development and environmental engineering is embedded within Civil Engineering undergraduate programmes .  She teaches the following modules to BEng/MEng Civil Engineering students:

  • Civil Engineering in a Changing Environment (CIV3067 20 CATS points).  Siobhan developed this module which was first offered to students in 2021-2022.  It sets out how civil engineering needs to urgently adapt to meet the carbon reduction targets that will mitigate the climate emergency.
  • Design and Communications 4 (CIV4012 40 CATS points) undertaken by final year MEng Civil Engineering students. Siobhan acts as a special consultant advising on environmental and sustainability issues, including whole life carbon analysis for infrastructutre and buildings.

Until 2016, Siobhan taught Contaminated land I (CIV8007/4020), a 10 CATS points module that introduced the concepts of contaminated land management and detailed how exploratory investigations and preliminary and generic risk assessments should be undertaken.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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