Dr Diarmad Campbell

Dr Diarmad Campbell

Chief Geologist, Scotland

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 215

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Published outputs


  • 2017 – ongoing : Lead, Research Platform 2: Asian Resilient Cities (Official Development Assistance-NC Programme)
  • 2013 –2017 : Leader, and Management Committee Chair, EU Cooperation in Science and Technology Action SUB-URBAN (TU1206)
  • 2010 – ongoing : Chief Geologist, Scotland
  • 2007 –2015 : Project Manager, Clyde-Urban Super-Project (CUSP)
  • 2000 –2005 : Head of the Hong Kong Geological Survey
  • 1995 –2000 : Seconded to Hong Kong Geological Survey
  • 1989 –1994 : Seconded to Foreign and Commonwealth Office/ODA and attached to Zimbabwe Geological Survey
  • 1983 : PhD University of Cambridge, Subject The Caradoc Ashgill geology of an area between Bala and Betws y coed, N Wales.
  • 1982 – ongoing : British Geological Survey
  • 1982 –1988 : Wales Geological Survey Unit, Aberystwyth
  • 1978 : BSc University of Edinburgh, Geology


  • 2014 : SDG Campbell (British Geological Survey) and D Hay (Glasgow City Council) The AGI Award for the Best Paper within the Event Programme. AGI (The Association for Geographic Information) Awards for Geospatial Excellent 2014 http://www.agi.org.uk/images/pdfs/AwardsBrochureFinal.pdf
  • 1994 : The Phaup Award for the best paper in Zimbabwean Geology

Boards and committees

  • 2017 – ongoing : Member, International Consulting Group for National Science and Technology Project - Collaborative Development of Underground Space (2016-2030) in China
  • 2015 – ongoing : ESRC Urban Big Data Centre (Glasgow/Glasgow University) Advisory Board Member
  • 2015 – ongoing : Scottish Government CAMERAS (Coordinated Agenda for Marine, Environment and Rural Affairs Science) Monitoring Sub-group
  • 2015 –2016 : Scottish Government Geothermal Energy Regulatory Structure Sub-group
  • 2014 – ongoing : Scottish Government Geothermal Energy Expert Group
  • 2013 – ongoing : Chair of Management Committee, European Cooperation in Science and Technology: COST ACTION TU1206 'SUB-URBAN - A European network to improve understanding and use of the ground beneath our cities' COST
  • 2012 – ongoing : Editorial Group Member of SEWeb -Scotland's Environment Web - the gateway to Scotland's environment
  • 2012 – ongoing : Scottish Consortium for Rural Research

Current projects and collaboration

  • 3D computer models of Glasgow
  • 2017 – ongoing : Research Platform 2 Lead: Resilience of Asian Cities - Official Development Assistance - NC
  • 2013 –2017 : European Cooperation in Science and Technology: COST ACTION TU1206 'SUB-URBAN - A European network to improve understanding and use of the ground beneath our cities'
  • 2011 – ongoing : Member of NAG-CITY urban geoscience group within Northeast Atlantic Geoscience (NAG) partnership of geological surveys

Professional association

  • Chartered Geologist
  • Chartered Scientist
  • European Geologist
  • Fellow of Geological Society of London

Research interests

  • Interpretation of silicic volcanic rocks
  • Landslide interpretation
  • Structural controls of mineralisation, especially gold
  • Urban geoscience


  • Field geology
  • Forensic landslide interpretation
  • Gold mineralization
  • Interpretation of ancient volcanic rocks
  • Multidisciplinary integration of geoscience
  • Shallow thermogeological and geothermal energy
  • Urban Geoscience

Key papers

Mielby, S, Eriksson, I, CAMPBELL, D, de Beer, J, Bonsor, H, Le Guern, C, van der Krogt, R, Lawrence, D, Ryżyński, G, Schokker, J, and Watson, C. 2017. Opening up the subsurface for the cities of tomorrow: Considering access to subsurface knowledge – Evaluation of practices and techniques. COST Action TU1206 SUB-URBAN, WG2 Summary Report. TU1206-WG2-001 94pp.

Van der Meulen, M.J., CAMPBELL, S.D.G., Lawrence, D.J., Lois González, R.C., Van Campenhout, I.A.M. 2016. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND? Considering the subsurface in urban planning - State of the art. COST TU1206 Sub-Urban Report, TU1206-WG1-001.

Critchlow-Watton, N., Dobbie, K.E., Bell, R., CAMPBELL, S.D.G., Hinze, D., Motion, A., Robertson, K., Russell, M., Simpson, J., Thomson, D. and Towers, W. (eds). 2014. Scotland’s State of the Environment Report, 2014. Scotland’s Environment Web. http://www.environment.scotland.gov.uk/

Sewell, RJ., Tang, DLK and CAMPBELL, SDG. 2012. Volcanic-plutonic connections in a tilted nested caldera complex in Hong Kong. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 13 (1), 17pp

CAMPBELL, D., Merritt, J., Monaghan, A., Mansour, M., Loughlin, S., Hughes, A., O Dochartaigh, B., Fordyce, F. and Entwisle, D. 2009. 3D attributed geoscience models and related GIS datasets to assist urban regeneration and resolve environmental problems in and around the Glasgow conurbation, UK. In: EUREGEO 2009 : European congress on Regional Geoscientific Cartography and Information Systems, Munich, Germany, 9-12 June 2009. Bayerisches Landesamt fur Umwelt, 41-46.

Sewell, R.J. and CAMPBELL, S.D.G. 2005. Report on the Dating of Natural Terrain Landslides in Hong Kong, 151p (GEO Report No. 170).

CAMPBELL, S.D.G., and Parry, S. 2002. Report on the Investigation of Kaolin-rich Zones in Weathered Rocks in Hong Kong, Geotechnical Engineering Office, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, 75 p (GEO Report 132).

CAMPBELL, S.D.G. and Sewell, R.J. 1997. Structural control and tectonic setting of Mesozoic volcanism in Hong Kong. Journal of the Geological Society, London, vol. 154, part 6, pp 1039-1052.

CAMPBELL, S.D.G. and Pitfield, P.E.J. 1995. Structural controls of gold mineralization in the Zimbabwe Craton Exploration guidelines. Zimbabwe Geological Survey, Bulletin, No.101, 270 p. & 3 maps.

Howells, M.F., Reedman, A.J. and CAMPBELL, S.D.G. 1991. Ordovician (Caradoc) marginal basin volcanism in Snowdonia (NW Wales). British Geological Survey NERC, 191 p.