Prof Karen Hudson-Edwards

Professor in Sustainable Mining


Telephone +44-(0)1326-259-489
Twitter @KarenHEGeochem


I am an environmental geochemist and mineralogist and a member of the Mining, Environment and Society group. I mainly work on the environmental impacts of mining and on promoting sustainable mining practices. Specifically, I research the mechanisms and products of contaminant cycling in mine wastes, ground and surface water, contaminated land and dusts, develop remediation and management schemes for mine wastes, and determine the global biogeochemical and health impacts of mining. 

I joined the Environment & Sustainabilty Institute and Camborne School of Mines in October 2017. Prior to that I worked in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London, for almost 20 years. 


  • 1998-2017: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor in Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 1998: NSERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mineralogy, The Natural History Museum
  • 1997: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Geography, University of Leeds
  • 1993-1996: PhD, University of Manchester
  • 1989-1992: Exploration Geologist, Falconbridge Ltd
  • 1981-1989: Geologist, Geological Survey of Canada
  • 1985-1987: MSc (Economic Geology), Department of Earth Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • 1981-1982: BSc (1st class honours), Department of Geological Sciences, Queen's University, Canada


List of publications

Professional Bodies

Editor, GeoHealth 
Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry Section, Minerals
Fellow of the Geochemical Society
Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Member of the American Geophysical Union

Other Academic Activities

External engagement


I am always interested in hearing from prospective MSc or PhD research students or postdoctoral researchers. Please get in touch with me to discuss opportunites and potential collaborations.