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Innes Deans


I’m a graduate of University of Leeds with a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc (Eng) in Sustainable Waste Management. My Master’s dissertation involved operation and research of a pilot-scale biological treatment plant for the treatment of landfill leachate.

Following my Master’s degree I worked as an Environmental Consultant specialising in waste management issues. In particular, I worked advising clients on waste treatment technology for diverting municipal solid waste from landfill. I worked as lead Technical Advisor to several large-scale waste infrastructure development programmes under the UK government’s PFI programme.

I re-joined the university in 2015 to work on research projects focussed on waste and resource management.

Research Interests

My research interests are into novel techniques and approaches to enhance resource management. More specifically, I’m interested in technologies to upgrade low-grade biomass and make it suitable for energy recovery through employing pre-treatment technologies.

Why I chose the CDT in Bioenergy

I chose the Bioenergy CDT as my field of work increasingly involved the interface between resource management and energy recovery. I was impressed by the programme, the expertise of the staff, and the resources available at Leeds. I see it as a fantastic opportunity to develop my skills and expertise in a dynamic and fast growing area.