Department of Geography


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Dr Rob Inkpen

  • Qualifications: BA Geography (Oxon), PhD in Geography (London)
  • Role Title: Reader in Physical Geography
  • Address: Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2467
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  • Department: Geography
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I graduated from the University of Oxford in 1985 and completed my PhD at University College London in 1989. After short stints working for the Building Research Establishment and at the University of Exeter, I joined the department in 1991, becoming a Principal Lecturer in 2003. I am the research lead for the ‘Hazards, Risk and Engineering in the Environment’ theme within UPEN (University of Portsmouth Environmental Network). I am also the theme lead for Geoconservation and Heritage Science in the Centre for Applied Geosciences.

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver environmental geography components of the undergraduate teaching in the Department. I am the co-ordinator of three units:

  • Environmental Systems and Change (Level 4)
  • Environmental Hazards and Monitoring (Level 5)
  • Weathering and Conservation (Level 6) 


  • Mapping and monitoring decay forms and process on heritage structures
  • Experimental and field analysis of decay processes
  • Explanation and causality in geomorphology
  • Hazards and risk in the physical environment

Current Research projects

  • Monitoring and mapping of stone decay on the Round and Square Towers in Portsmouth
  • Analysis of differential decay of mortar repairs and historic stone work
  • Experimental and field analysis of the effectiveness of conservation treatments for stone
  • Spatial and temporal variability in erosion rates across shore platforms
  • Reconstruction of past atmospheric pollution levels using erosion rates from gravestones

Research profile

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