Dr Lisa Mol

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons) Dunelm, MSc Oxon, DPhil Oxon, FHEA, FGSL, FRGS
  • Position:Professor - Geomorphology and Heritage in Conflict
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+4411732 87884
  • Email:Lisa.Mol@uwe.ac.uk

About me

​I am trained as a geomorphologist, specialising in the deterioration of stone, working in environments as diverse as southern Africa, the Middle East and the Arctic. Currently, I am the lead of Heritage in the crossfire, a large project umbrella that investigates and documents the damage done to built heritage in conflict zones. Using a combination of field and laboratory techniques, the team has developed in situ non-destructive surveying techniques as well as remotely gathered data to quantify the effect armed violence has had on our shared heritage. The work consists of a number of initiatives, I am PI unless otherwise indicated.

  • Ballistic damage of stone heritage structures in conflict areas.: Laboratory-based experimental work to map and quantify the mesoscale and microscale alterations of stonework associated with ballistic impacts. Funded by a Leverhulme Research Grant
  • At the Edge of the Mountains: Documenting and Conserving the Endangered Heritage of the Jebel Nafusā (Libya): A large project investigating the loss of tangible and intangible heritage in Libya, and potential remediation. Funded by ALIPH, led by Durham University.
  • Enhanced remote damage assessment for heritage in conflict: A collaborative effort with Manchester Metropolitan University and Newcastle University, using experimental arena trials to quantify the damage associated with mortar bomb explosions on sandstone structures. Funded by the Royal Society APEX Award.
  • Partnership for Heritage: Safeguarding Traditional Architecture and Intangible heritage of Tataouine (Tunisia) and the Nafusa mountains (Libya): A large project that combines the effects of resourcing issues and climate change on tangible and intangible heritage (funded by a British Council Cultural Protection Fund Large Grant), in collaboration with Durham University
  • Assessing the impact of armed clashes on the theatre of Sabratha and surrounding buildings: The first remote collaboration to successfully document and quantify armed conflict damage to the World Heritage Site of Sabratha, Libya. Funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, led by Durham University in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, Libya
  • Digitalization of the archival materials of the National Preserve "Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra". Knowledge and equipment exchange to support the preventative documentation of the movable and immovable heritage of this Kiyv World Heritage Site. Funded by UWE, and ICOM UK (led by ICOM)
  • Documentation and damage assessment of the Al-Qahira Castle in Taiz, Yemen. A collaborative effort with Heritage for Peace and the Department of Antiquities to carry out emergency stabilisation work after heavy damage by air strikes. Funded by ALIPH, led by Heritage for Peace

Higher Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Oxford) 
  • MSc Environmental Geomorphology (University of Oxford) 
  • BSc (Hons.) Geography (University of Durham) 

Area of expertise

Rock weathering, heritage, semi-arid environments


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