Professor Richard Davies - Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Internationalisation

Richard Davies

Professor Davies took up the post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement & Internationalisation) in August 2014.  He is a petroleum geologist, who started his career with various postings in the UK and abroad in the oil and gas industry, mainly with ExxonMobil.  He has developed an international reputation for the understanding of how sedimentary strata on earth form and how geological fluids (eg oil, gas, water) flow through them.  Most recently he has applied this knowledge to the debate on the use of hydraulic fracturing technology (fracking) for the extraction of hydrocarbons.  Prior to this appointment Professor Davies held a number of pan-university leadership roles including the founder and first Director of the Durham Energy Institute.  He later became Dean for Knowledge Exchange and Impact and was responsible for implementing the University’s strategy for research impact.  A large part of his academic career has been defined by the pursuit of research excellence whilst responding to the needs of a range of stakeholders from industry, government and the general public.  Professor Davies is responsible for strengthening Newcastle University's engagement and internationalisation activities.


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