Robert Kalin


Personal Statement

Robert M. Kalin BSc MSc PhD CEnv FICE FRSC FGS

Professor of Environmental Engineering for Sustainability


Professor Kalin’s academic and professional interests are focused on Environment Science and Engineering to underpin the global sustainability agendas.  His work ranges from hydrogeology and Paleohydrology of local to regional scale groundwater systems, study of global biogeochemical cycles and climate change, to site specific biogeochemistry of water treatment, contaminated land and groundwater (including engineering design of sustainable remediation methods), development of new chemical analysis techniques for soil, air and water that to better understand risk to humans and the environment.


Management Experience

Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Strathclyde University, Glasgow 1 Oct 2007 to 31st July 2011.  During the past two decade of Professor Kalin has been PI and Project Manager on research projects valued over £14M.


Past Appointments

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair, Queen’s University Belfast, July 2005 to Sept 2007

Chair of Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1999 to 2005

Senior Lecturer of Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Queen's University of Belfast, 1997 to 1999

Lecturer of Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, The Queen's University of Belfast, 1994 to 1997


Professional Honours

Prof. Kalin is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS). 


Expert Witness Experience

Prof. Kalin has experience as an expert witness for Environmental Forensics and Environmental Engineering.


Consultancy and Design

Professor Kalin has considerable experience as an Environmental Consultant and as a Design and Build engineer for contaminated land and groundwater remediation.


International Capacity Building Activities

Professor Kalin has been active in research and capacity building for water resource management and environment & human health research in many countries in the Middle East, Far East, and Africa.  One example is Professor Kalin Chaired the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Meeting to Develop Educational Products for Global Capacity Building in Isotope Hydrology Vienna, Austria, (Development and Validation of Global Teaching for UN Decade Water for Life).  Currently, he has a number of water and human health projects underway in Malawi.


    Research areas

  • Environmental Engineering, Hydrogeology, Contaminated Land, Soil and Groundwater Remediation, Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH), Groundwater, Geochemistry, Isotope Biogeochemistry, Environmental Forensics, Biogeochemistry, Isotope Hydrology


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  1. Hydro Nation Forum

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-gov organisation

  2. Chair Water and Sanitation Forum

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Membership of public/government advisory/policy group or panel

  3. International Environmental Forensics Conference

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

  4. Member 2020 Climate Group and Built Environment Subgroup

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

  5. Shire River Basin Management

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

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  1. Climate Justice and Groundwater Resource Management in Malawi Africa

    Impact: Impact - for External PortalEnvironment and sustainability - natural world and built environment, Policy and legislation

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