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Professor of Sedimentology and Director, Energy & Environment Institute, University of Hull

Under the leadership of Professor Parsons, the Energy and Environment Institute is gathering together multidisciplinary researchers to conduct impactful research on the global challenges presented by environmental change and securing a low-carbon energy supply.

Professor Parsons is an active researcher in areas related to fluvial, estuarine, coastal and deep marine sedimentary environments, exploring responses of these systems to climate and environmental change. He has research interests in anthropogenic disturbances to these systems and determining necessary societal adaptations to mitigate the impact of change – for example understanding how evolving flood risk on large mega-deltas can impact populations and related regional and global food security - through to understanding the impact of plastics, particularly in coastal and marine environments.

Professor Parsons also has research interests in environmental scale modelling, innovative environmental measurement technologies and in areas related to offshore renewable energy.


  • 2015–present
    Director, Energy and Environment Institute , University of Hull
  • 2012–2015
    Associate Dean , University of Hull
  • 2007–2011
    Visiting professor, University of Illinois
  • 2009–2011
    Lecturer, University of Leeds
  • 2004–2009
    Research fellow, UNivesrity of Leeds


  • 2003 
    University of Sheffield, PhD


Fellow of the Geological Society of London