Department of Geography


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Professor Derek Mottershead

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Geography; London (1965), PhD London (1971)
  • Role Title: Visiting Research Fellow
  • Address: Department of Geography University of Portsmouth Buckingham Building Lion Terrace Portsmouth PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: +44 23 9284 2468
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Science


Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies at King’s College London, I was appointed lecturer in Geography at Portsmouth College of Technology (later Polytechnic) in 1967. After a 13 year stint as lecturer/senior lecturer, I took up a post as Head of Geography at Edge Hill College of Higher Education (later University), latterly managing the 1997 Research Assessment Exercise. During that time I held several external examinerships and served on HEFCE external programme review panels. I have both supervised and externally examined PhD students. I retired from fulltime employment in 1997 and held research fellowships and part-time teaching posts at Manchester Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores University, Leicester University and Staffordshire University. I returned to Portsmouth University in 2002, where I have since held a range of part-time teaching, research fellow and research associate positions. 


As an early career researcher I studied in periglacial and glacial environments. I subsequently moved into rock weathering, with a particular focus on the coastal environment. Latterly I have extended my coastal interest into tsunami research, in association with Portsmouth colleagues.