Dr Vanessa Banks

Dr Vanessa Banks

Team Leader Shallow Geohazards and Risks

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3531

E-mail Dr Vanessa Banks

ORCID: 0000-0001-6335-7080


  • PhD University of Huddersfield, Karst Hydrogeology of the southern catchment of the River Wye, Derbyshire
  •  2012 – ongoing : Team Leader Shallow Geohazards and Risks
  •  2005 – ongoing : Engineering Geologist/ Karst Hydrogeologist
  •  2001 –2004 : Research Assistant University of Huddersfield
  •  2000 : Certificate in Field Archaeology and Landscape History, University of East Anglia
  •  1994 –2005 : Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer at RSA Geotechnics Limited
  •  1990 –1994 : Senior Geotechnical Engineer at A.F. Howland Associates
  •  1989 : Geotechnical Engineer at May Gurney Technical Services Limited
  •  1988 –1989 : Geotechnical Engineer at C H Dobbie and Partners
  •  1988 : MSc and DIC Imperial College, University of London, Engineering Geology
  •  1984 : BSc (Hons) Victoria University of Manchester. Geology
  •  1984 –1987 : Consultant Geologist at M J Carter Associates

Professional association

  • Member of the Education Committee of the Geological Society of London
  • Member of: the Geological Society of Norfolk; East Midlands Geological Society; Quaternary Research Association
  •  2014 – ongoing : President of the East Midlands Geological Society
  •  2007 –2010 : Chair of the East Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society of London (2007 – 2010)

Current projects and collaboration

  • BGS Abandoned Mines and Contaminated Land Project
  • Dating of cemented rudites to determine rates of landscape incision
  • Visiting Research Associate at the University of Derby (collaborating on Quaternary geology and palaeohydrogeology research in the Peak District)


  •  2016 – ongoing : NERC Fellowship: NE/P012051/1 Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) Internship. Aiming to exchange knowledge with staff at DCWW to ensure that there is an integrated geological and hydrogeological understanding for managing water at the catchments scale, to increase water availability and quality.

Research interests

  • Application of the concepts of hydrogeological domains and urban hydrology to 3D modelling to support aquifer recharge and vulnerability studies
  • Characterising the hydraulic properties of mine waste
  • Ground models for landfill environments
  • Landscape evolution with a focus on karst erosion, uplift, river terrace deposits, knick point migration, tufa and talus deposits
  • Palaeohydrogeology of the Peak District.
  • Stratigraphical and structural influences on hydrogeology and engineering geology: the implications for conceptual models
  • The application of synoptic monitoring (flow and chemistry) of surface water to discriminate between point and diffuse contaminant source contributions to the environmental impacts of abandoned mines

Boards and committees

  •  2014 – ongoing : Appointed to the Board of the Proceedings of the Geologists' Association


  • Applied Geology: engineering geology and hydrogeology
  • Change Facilitation
  • Characterising environmental impacts of Abandoned Mines
  • Contaminated land/ impacts of land use investigation
  • Karst hydrogeology research
  • Staff development

Published outputs

Key papers

Banks, V. J., Bricker, S. H., Royse, K. R., & Collins, P. E. F. 2015. Anomalous buried hollows in London: development of a hazard susceptibility map. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology 48, 1, 55-70. http://doi:10.1144/qjegh2014-037

Banks, V.J. and Jones, P.F. 2014. Measurement of rates of surface lowering of limestone in the southern Pennines: a case study in the Wye catchment, Derbyshire, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association. 125, 1, 20-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pgeola.2013.10.006.

BANKS, V.J., JONES, P.F., LOWE, D.J., LEE, J.R., RUSHTON, J. AND ELLIS, M.A. 2011 ., Review of tufa deposition and palaeohydrological conditions in the White Peak, Derbyshire, UK: Implications for Quaternary landscape evolution. Proc. Geol. Assoc. (2011), doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.03.011

BANKS, V.J. AND PALUMBO-ROE, B. 2010. Synoptic monitoring as an approach to discriminating between point and diffuse source contributions to zinc loads in mining impacted catchments. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12, 1684-1698. DOI:10.1039/c0em00045k.

RUSHTON, J.C. AND BANKS, V.J. 2010. Characterization of mine waste: A case study of Frongoch tailings. Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts, Geochosmica. A892.

BANKS, V.J., GUNN, J. AND LOWE, D.J. 2009. Investigation of stratigraphical influences on the limestone hydrogeology of the Wye catchment, Derbyshire. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology 42, 211-225.

NATHANAIL, J AND BANKS, V.J. 2009. Climate Change: Implications for engineering geology practice in: Engineering Geology for Tomorrow’s Cities. Geological Society Special Publication22. 65-82.