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Rupert Hough

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Head of Department
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Dr Rupert Hough is an environmental / soil scientist with expertise in risk modelling and exposure assessment. Rupert obtained his PhD from Nottingham University in 2002 and subsequently, worked as a Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, managing an EU-funded investigation into the carcinogenic risks from arsenic in drinking water in Central and Eastern Europe. Rupert joined Cranfield University's Integrated Waste Management Centre in 2005 as an Academic Fellow. In this post, he was project manager for a ca. £1M Government-industry LINK consortium researching the optimisation of biopile processes for weathered hydrocarbons within a risk management framework. The research aimed to deliver improved stakeholder confidence in engineered biopiling when applied to weathered hydrocarbon wastes.

Current research interests

In his current position, Rupert uses risk-based methods to aid decision making and management of specific problems. Such methods have wide applicability and Rupert has used them for evaluation of both human and ecological problems; from finding appropriate ways to reduce dietary exposures to heavy metals, through to managing peat erosion under given climate change scenarios.

Rupert is part of the management team for the Soils Department. In this role, he coordinates WP3.2 "Risk-Based methods to Assess Soil Quality", part of Programme 3 funded by The Scottish Executive. Through this work, Dr Hough is leading the development of the soil monitoring scheme for Scotland. Rupert also leads the research area of 'Contaminated Land and Urban Soils' for the Institute. He has specific activities investigating contaminated land issues in the developing country context, and currently has research collaborations in SE Asia.


  • Brassington, K.J.; Hough, R.L.; Paton, G.I.; Semple, K.T.; Risdon, G.C.; Crossley, J.; Hay, I. Askari, K.; Pollard S.J.T. (2007) Weathered hydrocarbon wastes: A risk management primer., Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 37, 199-232.
  • Hough, R.L.; Whittaker, M.; Fallick, A.E.; Preston, T.; Farmer, J.G.; Pollard, S.J.T. (2006) Identifying source correlation parameters for hydrocarbon wastes using compound-specific isotope analysis., Environmental Pollution, 143, 489-498.
  • Hough, R.L.; Tye, A.M.; Crout, N.M.J.; McGrath, S.P.; Zhang, H.; Young, S.D. (2005) Evaluating a 'Free Ion Activity Model' applied to metal uptake by Lolium perenne L. grown in contaminated soils., Plant and Soil, 270, 1-12.
  • Hough, R.L.; Breward, N.; Young, S.D.; Crout, N.M.J.; Tye, A.M.; Moir, A.M.; Thornton, I. (2004) Assessing potential risk of heavy metal exposure from consumption of home-produced vegetables by urban populations., Environmental Health Perspectives, 112, 215-221.
  • Hough, R.L.; Young, S.D.; Crout, N.M.J. (2003) Modelling of Cd, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn uptake, by winter wheat and forage maize, from a sewage disposal farm., Soil Use and Management, 19, 19-27.

  • Lilly, A.; Hudson, G.; Hough, R.L.; NSIS Resampling Team (2011) Scotland's soil resource., In: Marrs, S.J., Foster, S., Hendrie, C., Mackey, E.C. & Thompson, D.B.A. (eds.). The Changing Nature of Scotland. TSO Scotland, Edinburgh, Chapter 4, 45-52.
  • Hough, R.L. (2010) Copper and lead., In: Hooda, P.S. (ed.). Trace Elements in Soils. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, Chapter 18, pp441-454.
  • Hough, R.L. (2010) Bioavailability: exposure, dose and risk assessment., In: Hooda, P.S. (ed.). Trace Elements in Soils. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, Chapter 12, pp267-289.

  • Troldborg, M.; Beesley, L.; Stockan, J.; Avery, L.; Hough, R.L. (2019) Development of approach for modelling water flow and contaminant mass balances at Dinnet., Internal Report, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 6pp.
  • Hough, R.L.; Tompkins, D.; Williams, J.; Duckett, D.; Kyle, C. (2018) Community concerns regarding impacts on human health and the environment arising from sewage sludge., Report of a Community Engagement Workshop, Avonbridge Community Hall, Falkirk, 31 May 2018.
  • Hough, R.L.; Potts, J. (2018) 2018-NC-SS-6 - Study to develop a methodology to establish a statistically sound baseline of POPs in soils., Policy Report to Environmental Protection Agency, Ireland, 26pp.
  • Troldborg, M.; Hough, R.L. (2018) Novel circular systems to meet future economic : environmental challenges., Year 1 Report for Objective 2.3 in RD1.2.3 of the RESAS Programme.
  • Troldborg, M.; Duckett, D.; Hough, R.; Kyle, C. (2017) Developing a foundation for reclaimed water use in Scotland., CREW Report, CRW2013_16.
  • Avery, L.; Hough, R.L.; Potts, J.; Newman, G.; Lilly, A.; Lumsdon, D.; Abel, C.; Dodd, N.; Cook, Y.; McIntyre, S. (2016) Effect of maintenance and different raw water quality parameters on ultraviolet (UV) disinfection in private water supplies in Scotland., Report CR/2012/01, to Scottish Government, 31 January 2016.
  • Hough, R.L.; Amponsah, N.; Troldborg, M.; Allan, R.; Stutter, M.I. (2016) Water resource balancing: is a closed loop system possible that enable sustainable rural supplies?, Project Report for CREW, CRW2014_06, 15pp.
  • Hough, R.L.; Elliott, G.E.; Avery, L.M.; Thomas, N. (2014) Final Report for MAPPLANT: transfer of MAP from soil to plant to silage., Final Report for QMS Grant in Aid project QMS PO/6500.
  • Hough, R.L.; Bengough, A.G.; Chapman, S.J.; Daniell, T.; Matthews, R.; Squire, G.; Towers, W.; White, P.J. (2014) Heat in the soil form (NIA-NGGT0017)., Interim Report for National Grid.
  • Troldborg, M.; Tamburini, M.; Avery, L.M.; Hough, R.L. (2014) Exposure of livestock to Group III Botulinum toxins in anaerobically digested broiler litter applied to grazing land., Report prepared for WRAP.
  • Miller, D.R.; Birnie, R.V.; Dunn, S.M.; Hough, R.L.; Morrice, J.; Roberts, D.; Stutter, M.I.; Sutherland, L-A.; Towers, W. (2013) Review of renewable energy research at the James Hutton Institute., Report to Scottish Government.
  • Avery, L.M.; Abel, C.; Tamburini, M.; Randerson, P.; Towers, W.; Hough, R.L. (2013) Evidence for SEPA administrative change in consent at Dinnet WWTP., Report to SEPA, May 2013.
  • Baggaley, N.J.; Addy, S.; Hough, R.L.; Loades, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Vinten, A.J.A. (2013) A scoping study into BSI PAS100 compost use to mitigate field and riverbank erosion in Scotland., Contract Report for Zero Waste Scotland, ZWS ORI003-005 PO:538.
  • Brooker, R.; Aalders, I.H.; Ballingall, K.; Begg, G.; Birch, A.N.E.; Elliott, G.; Ellis, C.; Freitag, T.; Hawes, C.; Holland, J.; Holmes, B.; Hough, R.L.; Karley, A.; McCracken, D.; Mitchell, R.; Stockan, J.; Zadoks, R.; Albon, S.A.; Hester, A.J.; Pakeman, R.J. (2013) Biotic and biophysical underpinning of ecosystem services in the Scottish context: a review., Published online as an outputs from WP 1.1 of the Ecosystem Services Theme of the SRP.
  • Troldborg, M.; Hough, R.L.; Baggaley, N.J.; Dawson, J.J.C. . (2013) Aerial spraying guidance for the protection of watercourses., CREW Final Report.
  • McVittie, A.; Norton, L.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Glenk, K.; Aitkenhead, M.; Aalders, I.H.; Hough, R.L.; Smart, S.; Edwards, F.; Kenyon, W.; Black, H.I.J.; Dunbar, M.; Maskell, L. (2012) Valuing the impacts of ecosystem service interactions for policy effectiveness., Valuing Nature Network. Final Project Report.
  • Elliott, G.N.; Avery, L.M.; Thomas, N.; Coull, M.C.; Hough, R.L. (2012) Environmental factors and Johne's disease - Stobshiel datasheet., PARABAN Champion Farmers - Report Datasheet.
  • Elliott, G.N.; Avery, L.M.; Thomas, N.; Coull, M.C.; Hough, R.L. (2012) Environmental factors and Johne's disease - Overcairn datasheet., PARABAN Champion Farmers - Report Datasheet.
  • Elliott, G.N.; Avery, L.M.; Thomas, N.; Coull, M.C.; Hough, R.L. (2012) Environmental factors and Johne's disease - Glenbervie datasheet, PARABAN Champion Farmers - Report Datasheet.
  • Elliott, G.N.; Avery, L.M.; Thomas, N.; Coull, M.C.; Hough, R.L. (2012) Environmental factors and Johne's disease - East Pitforthie datasheet., PARABAN Champion Farmers - Report Datasheet.

Scientific posters/conferences

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