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Dr Mark Kincey

Post Doctoral Research Associate

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Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of GeographyS107+44 (0) 191 33 41972
Post Doctoral Research Associate , Catchments and RiversS107+44 (0) 191 33 41972
Post Doctoral Research Associate , Hazards and Surface ChangeS107+44 (0) 191 33 41972


2018 - present: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, Durham University

2015 - 2019: Teaching Fellow in GIS and Physical Geography, Department of Geography, Durham University

2015 - 2017: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, Durham University

2011 – 2016: PhD in Physical Geography and Archaeology, Durham University (Durham Doctoral Studentship Award)

Title: “Assessing the impact of historical metal mining on upland landscapes: a nested sediment budget approach

2008 – 2011: Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham

2005 – 2008: Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham

2003 – 2005: Field Archaeologist, Birmingham Archaeology, University of Birmingham

2002 – 2006: MA Practical Archaeology (Distinction), University of Birmingham (part-time)

1999 – 2002: BA Archaeology and Ancient History (1st Class), University of Birmingham

Research Overview

My primary research focus is on understanding how anthropogenic land use practices influence the nature and rates of geomorphological processes, and in turn, how such processes then impact on people’s interactions with the environment. I have a particular emphasis on the impact of historical and contemporary mining on the physical environment, with my underlying motivation being to constrain physical and geochemical impacts of mineral exploitation, both at present and into the future, to help inform how legacy impacts are managed and how future mineral exploitation is planned.

Recent and ongoing collaborative research includes monitoring of sediment and contaminant flux from eroding abandoned metal mines, upland sediment source connectivity following large storm events and analysis of quantitative linkages between mining-induced land subsidence and rates of coastal erosion.

More recently, my research focus has expanded to consider interactions between natural hazards and anthropogenic land use, especially relating to patterns and impacts of landsliding in mountainous environments. This work has been driven by an ongoing DFID-funded project using remote sensing to analyse spatial and temporal variability in earthquake-triggered landsliding in Nepal following the 2015 Gorkha earthquake.

Research groups


Chapter in book

  • Challis, K. & Kincey, M.E. (2013). Immersive visualisation of survey and laser scanning: the case for using computer game engines. In Interpreting Archaeological Topography: 3D Data, Visualisation and Observation. Opitz, R. & Cowley, D. Oxbow Books.

Journal Article