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Roisin O'Riordan

PhD Candidate, Soil and Ecosystem Services, Lancaster University

Roisin is a PhD student working on urban soils and ecosystem services. Her research focuses on urban soil carbon, the effect of soil sealing by pavements and roads on soil carbon and the distribution of carbon down the urban soil profile. She is also interested in how urban soil supports the provision of ecosystem services in cities. Roisin’s previous work as a landscape architect and in an environmental charity feeds into her interest in how ecosystem services are being used in research, NGOs and consultancy. She is particularly interested in getting ecosystem services into planning as a force for protecting urban ecosystems and their functioning, and creating more sustainable cities.


  • 2017–present
    PhD Researcher in Soil and Ecosystem Services, Lancaster University


  • 2012 
    University of Sheffield, MA Landscape Architecture
  • 2008 
    University of Sheffield, BSc Environmental Science


  • 2021
    Urban soil microbial community and microbial-related carbon storage are severely limited by sealing, Journal of Soils and Sediments
  • 2021
    The ecosystem services of urban soils: a review, Geoderma