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Dr Alexandra Savage BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer


Alexandra achieved a BSc in Geography before undertaking a MSc in Soils and Environmental Pollution. Alexandra has 8 years' experience as a contaminated land consultant, working to identify the nature and extent of pollution on past industrial sites, and engaging with stakeholders to formulate and execute plans for remediation.

  • About

    She was involved in a number of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for new developments, and has also undertaken policy research on the effectiveness of compliance assessment within the Environment Agency.

    In 2007, Alexandra undertook a PhD at the University of Leeds looking at the effect of land management on carbon loses from upland blanket peats in northern England. Through examination of the physical and chemical properties of the peats, and field measurements of gaseous and aqueous losses of carbon, the impact of land management on the carbon cycle and its drivers was determined.

    Alexandra has experience in the secondary education sector both as a teaching assistant and as a cover teacher. In addition, Alexandra participated in the Royal Geographical Society's "Geography Ambassadors" scheme to encourage the uptake of geography as a subject at GCSE, A-level and university level.

  • Teaching

    Department of the Natural and Built Environment

    Social Sciences and Arts

    Understanding landscapes

    Introduction to physical geography

    Environmental science


    Research methods

    Contemporary debates in Geography

    Landscape rehabilitation

    Landscape planning and restoration

  • Research

  • Other activities

    Research Interests

    Soils science - in particular highly organic soils and contaminated soils

    Regeneration of urban areas from an environmental perspective

    Carbon cycling

    Composting of wastes

    Land management


    Oral Presentations:

    Understanding the Impact of Land Management on Carbon Losses from Peatlands EGU Vienna May 2010

    The Role of Land Management on Carbon Cycling in Peatlands at the 2nd International BioHydrology Conference - A Changing Climate for Biology and Soil Hydrology Interactions, Bratislava, 2009

    Methods of Investigating the Effects of Peatland Management on Carbon Cycling at the British Soil Science Society's "Young Scientists" conference, March 2009, Reading

    Poster Presentations:

    Assessing the Impact of Land Management on Organic Matter Composition in Peats EGU, Vienna, May 2010

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