Staff profile

Dr Vanessa Banks

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer




College of Life and Natural Sciences


School of Environmental Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Early career focused on low level restoration schemes for the mineral extractive industry and on waste disposal, in particular: ground and surface water monitoring; aspects of landfill design, and site reconnaissance studies.

After studying for the MSc in Engineering Geology, worked for C H Dobbie and Partners, a firm of civil and structural engineers, specialising in using new technologies for engineering solutions. The following two appointments largely focused on site investigation and included responsibility for two large site investigations: i) resident engineer for Canada Water Station (Jubilee Line extension), which included pumping tests and ii) Client’s representative for the Isle of Dogs Northern Drainage Tunnel. The latter led on to some shift work as site geotechnical engineer for the tunnel construction phase.

Responsibilities at RSA Geotechnics Limited included: management of ‘special projects’; flood risk assessments, and preparation of site reports for PPC applications for agricultural installations and for waste disposal facilities. PhD undertaken whilst working, initially at RSA, and then subsequently for the British Geological Survey as a research scientist. Research interests at the BGS include: contaminant hydrogeology (particularly pertaining to abandoned mines and landfill), hydrogeological conceptual models and hydrogeological domains, landscape evolution, urban geology and shallow geohazards and risk (karst dissolution, clay shrink-swell and landslides).

Teaching responsibilities

Occasional lectures and fieldwork support

Research interests

Engineering Geology; Hydrogeology; Hydrology; Quaternary Science


Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Geological Society of London


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications 

Research qualifications

Experience in industry

Recent publications