Dr Richard Beaven BA, MSc, PhD, FGS
Principal Research Fellow
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Dr Richard Beaven is Principal Research Fellow within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.
Richard Beaven is a Principal Research Fellow within the University's Waste Management Research Group, and specialises in landfill related research.
Having studied geology at Oxford University he obtained an MSc in hydrogeology from University College London in 1984 before working for 12 years as a hydrogeologist with Cleanaway Ltd (now Veolia), a large UK based Waste Management Company.
In 1989 he proposed and gained financial backing from Cleanaway Ltd and the Department of the Environment to run two major research programmes to investigate fundamental properties of waste materials. He designed the internationally unique Pitsea waste compression cell (see separate Tab). His research has generated data on the hydrogeological and polluting properties of refuse which has made a significant contribution to the ongoing debate on sustainable landfill design.
In 1996 he furthered his research career by joining the University of Southampton part time, and also started his own independent Consultancy. He is based in Essex from where he co-ordinates research at the University's off-campus large-scale waste research facility at Pitsea, Essex.
He completed his PhD on the hydrogeology of wastes in the year 2000, studying controls over the flow of water in landfills.
Over the last 15 years he has maintained strong links with Industry and has worked on a variety of major research projects funded by EPSRC, Government Agencies (including the Environment Agency and defra) and Industry.