Heather Kerr


Technology Consultant


Heather is an environmental engineer and has joined Isle as a Technology Consultant. Having completed her PhD in Civil Engineering in 2018, she has been working as a postdoctoral research associate, using water treatment residuals from the clean water industry to amend soils to improve their physical characteristics. For part of Heather’s PhD she studied in Stellenbosch, South Africa, at an X-ray facility gaining experience in state of the art technologies to non-destructively model soils on a microscale. She also worked as a research assistant during her PhD to develop and implement a field scale living laboratory at Weetslade Country Park (an old colliery site), using water treatment residual and compost amendments to remediate poor soils. Her PDRA work now contributes to a multi-disciplinary project that is developing climate adaptation control technologies for urban spaces, using novel composite barrier systems in subsurface soils with high water capacity plant species. This technology is to be used as part of newly developed infrastructure.

Her background is in Geography, having completed a BSc in Geography and MSc in Risk and Environmental Hazards at Durham University. Her postgraduation dissertation focussed on flash flooding in Lancaster, and she worked with the Wear’s Rivers Trust to develop mitigation strategies on a small farm. During this time at university, among a multitude of extracurricular activity, Heather picked up rugby and now completes professionally in the Allianz Premier 15s competition for Wasps FC, having gained 23 caps for England.


BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Durham, 2012

MSc (Hons) Risk and Environmental Hazards, University of Durham, 2013

PhD Civil Engineering, University of Durham, 2018