Dr Richard Grayson

Dr Richard Grayson


I joined the University of Leeds as a Research Fellow in the School of Geography 2007 and have been a Senior Research Fellow since 2013.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds I spent two years as a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter.

Research interests

My research interests focus around the core theme of catchment management, particularly how land management impacts hydrological and geomorphological processes.

I act as a Translation Fellow for the iCASP Natural Flood Management monitoring and modelling project which will help to develop best practice and show how natural flood management can deliver a range of benefits in addition to flood protection across Yorkshire. 

I have a number or research interest at the University of Leeds Farm. I have recently been involved in the SoilBioHedge project which is examining how grass leys connected to hedgerows can restore and improve soil quality within arable fields, with my focus being hydrological processes and functions within the soil. I am also involved in the development of a Lysimeter Facility at the farm and a Hydrological Monitoring network designed to measure the hydrological fluxes across the Farm. I also act as the point of contact for our Haldrup F55 plot Grass Harvester with on-board NIR spectrophotometer system.   

I am involved in leading a range of research projects examining the impacts of upland management and restoration on water quality and quantity in peat dominated catchments, including impacts on water colour, DOC and POC export as well as discharge, erosion and sediment loads   

Further research interests include: Catchment scale hydrological studies to identify and monitor the sources, sinks and impacts of diffuse pollution and the role of catchment management approaches to mitigate diffuse pollution in river catchments. The quantification of erosion and suspended sediment loads. The application of GIS based modelling approaches to estimate diffuse pollutant loads in river systems.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD, University of Liverpool
  • BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Liverpool

Student education

My primary role is research however I also teach on both our Geography BSc and MSc and act as a PhD supervisor. 

Research groups and institutes

  • River Basin Processes and Management
  • water@leeds

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>