Yingkui Zhao

Senior Lecturer; Course Leader for Geography Programmes

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM120

+44 (0) 1772 89 3538

Subject Areas: Geography and Environment

Yingkui is a physical geographer with research interests in hydrology and fluvial geomorphology, with specific interests in sediment transfer and diffuse source pollution in river systems. He also advises as a hydrological expert for the UK Ministry of Justice Tribunal Service.


Full Profile

Yingkui gained his BSc in Physical Geography and Environmental Protection in 1983 from Peking University, China and completed his PhD in 2000 on sediment transfer and dispersion of the River Severn, UK. He joined UCLan immediately after completing his PhD to take up teaching in physical geography and environmental courses.

Yingkui is a Tribunal Member of the General Regulatory Council (Environment) hearing appeals against Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in England. He is actively engaged with implementation of EU Water Framework Directive in England and provide expert advice on the designation of NVZ.

Yingkui is currently acting as the Student Experience Lead for the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences and is responsible for student experience on Forensic, Policing, Archaeology and Geography Programmes.


  • BSc, Physical Geography and Environmental Protection, Peking University, 1983
  • PhD, Fluvial Geomorphology / hydrology, UWE Bristol, 2000


  1. F Orji, Y Zhao (2015) Collaborative Environmental Management: A Case Study Research of Stakeholders’ Collaboration in the Nigerian Oil-producing Region. International Journal of Environmental, Chemical, Ecological, Geological and Geophysical Engineering Vol:9, No:12, 2015
  2. Y Zhao (2014): Water resource management in Beijing, China. Conference presentation
  3. Y. Zhao et al. (2013): Dispersion and remobilisation of heavy metals in the River Severn system, UK . Procedia Environmental Sciences Vol.18,167-173
  4. Y. Zhao, X. Zhang & S. Marriott (2009): Phase change and remobilisation of heavy metals in floodplain sediments of UK river systems after frequent flooding. Prog. Env. Sci. Tech. Vol 2. p979-985
  5. Y. Zhao (2006): A preliminary study of multi-spectral imaging on water quality, north-west of England. AECRIS.
  6. Li, Y., Xu, Q., Zhao, Y. 2005. Pollen indication to source plants in the eastern desert of China. Chinese Science Bulletin. Vol.50 No.15 P.1632-1641
  7. Zhang, X. & Y. Zhao (2003): Plant uptaking of heavy metals in floodplain sediments in the Peak Districk, UK.  (conference presentation)
  8. L. Young, J. Dawson, M. Macklin, Y. Zhao (2003): Monitoring the effect of a flood event on the immobilisation and deposition of heavy metal contaminated sediments on the River Swale, North Yorkshire, UK. (Conference presentation)

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Research Activities

Yingkui’s main interests are fluvial systems in relation to bank erosion and sediment transfer, diffuse source pollution, catchment dynamics and hydrological pathways of diffuse source pollutants. He is actively involved in projects relating to designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zone by implementing EU Water Framework standards on UK water bodies.

  • Fluvial geomorphology
  • Bank erosion and sediment transfer
  • Catchment dynamics
  • Diffuse source pollution
  • River behaviour and response to flooding
  • Water resource management

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Change
  • Geographical Information System
  • River and Water Management
  • Sustainable water resource management
  • Changing China

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow, SD2)
  • British Hydrological Society