Dr Stephen Haley
Senior Laboratory Manager


My initial career path took a broad route, over twenty years, through the media, television and music industries. Following a successful career, where I managed large national and international media and music projects through my own, Bristol-based, production company, The Vision Factory, my love of the countryside and rivers in particular, drew me into a major reappraisal of my goals and ambitions in life. Consequently, in 2001, I moved to Cornwall and began my environmental and academic research career, at The Duchy College. Over the last seventeen years, I have acquired various academic and practical qualifications, combined with a wide variety of environmental research and project management experience, spanning work for commercial consultancies, government agencies and academia.

I am interested in sustainable environmental water management, through improved understanding of the relationship between catchment-scale agricultural land use practices and water quality. I currently balance my management responsibilities for the delivery of Technical Services to Geography, in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and to Archaeology, in the College of Humanities, at The University of Exeter, with my own scientific research interests, which are designed to inform the evidence base to support the practical management of river catchments.



I completed my PhD in Physical Geography at the University of Exeter in 2010. My thesis utilised the sediment source fingerprinting technique to examine recent historic fine sediment source response to changes in agricultural land use in UK river catchments. During this research, I developed refinements to key aspects of the established technique for apportioning relative sediment contributions from diffuse sources to river floodplains. I have an MSc in Environmental Water Management, from Cranfield University, a First Class Honours BSc in Environmental Science, from the University of Plymouth and a FdSc in Rural Environmental Management, from the Duchy College in Cornwall.

Contact details

Internal tel3321
Tel+44 (0) 1392 723321
AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive
Office hours

9:30-17:30 Mon-Fri

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