Dr Kate Smith


Kate was an Education and Scholarship Lecturer in Physical Geography within the Centre for Geography, Environment and Society from 2012 to 2017, contributing modules across the Geography and Environmental Science undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Following the end of this contract Kate has now taken up a position as project manager for the HiTech AlkCarb project in Camborne School of Mines (CSM). The HiTech AlkCarb project is funded under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, to develop new geomodels and sustainable exploration methods for alkaline igneous rocks and carbonatites.

Kate's background is broadly in the fields of physical geography and geoscience, and she is particularly interested in geomorphology, sedimentology, physical volcanology, tephra, ice-volcano interactions and natural hazards.

For further details please see Kate's CSM webpage.


2004 PhD, University of Edinburgh

  • Thesis: Holocene jökulhlaups, glacier fluctuations and palaeoenvironment, Mýrdalsjökull, South Iceland.

1999 BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Aberdeen

  • Dissertation: Glacier hydrology, geomorphology and implications for the deglaciation of the Dinnet Basin, north-east Scotland.


2017 - present: Project Manager (HiTech AlkCarb), Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter

2012 - 2017: Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Exeter

2010 - 2012: Visiting Research Fellow and Tutor, Universities of Edinburgh and Iceland

2010 - 2012: Teacher, Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools, University of Edinburgh

2005 - 2010: Research Associate, Nordic Volcanological Institute, University of Iceland (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Landsvirkjun, Vegagerðin and the Science Institute, University of Iceland)

2008: Teaching Assistant, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland

2003 - 2005: Research Assistant, Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh

2000 - 2005: Tutor, Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 253789
AddressTremough House
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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