Dr Kate Canning

“I’m passionate about finding ways to reuse our land assets sustainably.”

Background: Geoenvironmental engineering, civil engineering, Research Fellow
Currently: Brownfield Development specialist, Research Leader UK, Middle East and Africa
Interests: Research translation, knowledge management, sustainable remediation, decommissioning, risk management, societal value


Kate is an environmental engineer whose interest in our industrial legacy has led her to specialise in land remediation and site restoration techniques.
Prior to joining Arup, she initially undertook doctoral research with a chemical manufacturer to explore the potential to use synthetic aluminosilicates (more commonly used in household washing detergents) to treat contaminated industrial effluents and groundwaters. This was followed by a research fellowship funded by one of the UK’s leading cement producers to develop Accelerated Carbonation Technology, a novel cement stabilisation technique to treat hazardous soils and wastes. The skills in treatability testing, materials characterisation and environmental analysis developed during her academic research have since helped her to become one of Arup’s leading UK geoenvironmental specialists.

Kate’s involvement with contaminated land remediation crosses all aspects of the work, from masterplan design, ground investigations, environmental risk and impact assessments, remediation and gas protection measures design to the development of sustainable earthworks strategies and the supervision and validation of remediation works. She has worked on a diverse range of contaminated sites, from infilled quarries to manufacturing facilities and gasworks sites. A key area of Kate’s expertise is providing guidance to our clients regarding cost certainty in brownfield development, supporting their strategic decision making and helping them manage their cost risks.

Kate has undertaken a range of commercial R&D projects for our clients, including development of best practice guidance on remediation and dereliction costs for brownfield land, exploring the viability of greenfield-brownfield land swaps to catalyse the remediation of heavily contaminated land, and the societal aspects of the geodisposal of radioactive wastes. She has also been the framework manager for our consortium commission on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Direct Research Portfolio since 2012, leading R&D projects in site remediation, decommissioning and integrated waste management.

Kate has been the UKMEA Research Leader since 2013.