Professor Alan P. Newman


I am a committed environmentalist and have been involved in either environmental research or environmental regulation all of my working life. My research is mainly aimed at achieving incremental improvements in cost, performance and sustainability in devices and materials that are used in protection and enhancement of critical points of the water cycle and in the legal and administrative aspects which influence the effectiveness of environmental regulation.


Professor in Environmental and Analytical Technology

Building: James Starley

Room: JS107


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Alan was originally a microbiologist but has evolved his interests and expertise significantly over the years. He holds an MSc in Analytical Chemistry and a postgraduate diploma in Chemical Pollution Monitoring. Whilst his PhD was on the biodegradation of hydrocarbons he also holds a Master of Laws degree in Environmental Law. He is currently Visiting Professor of Environmental and Analytical Technology in the Department of Applied Science and Health, and a part-time lecturer in the School of Energy, Construction and Environment where he teaches the Contaminated Land Module on the MSc in Environmental Management. Before retiring from his full time position at Coventry University in 2005 Alan was Head of Environmental Biosciences and after leaving full time University employment in 2005 he worked for 8 years as a Contaminated Land Officer in a local authority. The areas of his research that are most related to the Low Impact Building Centre are in sustainable drainage systems (particularly pervious and macro-pervious pavements), water harvesting for local irrigation purposes and in the development of low cost sorbents derived from agricultural wastes for water and wastewater treatment.


  • Newman, A.P., Nnadi, E.O., and Mbanaso, F.U. (2015) ‘Evaluation of Pervious and Macro-Pervious Pavements as Harvesting Systems for Localized Landscape and Horticultural Irrigation’. In Karvazy, K., and Webster, V.L. (eds.) World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems, ‘World Environmental and Water Resources Congress’. held 17-21 May 2015 in Austin, Texas. Virginia: American Society of Civil Engineers, 2004-2013.
  • Nnadi, E.O., Newman, A.P., Coupe, S.J., and Mbanaso, F.U. (2015) ‘Stormwater harvesting for irrigation purposes: An investigation of chemical quality of water recycled in pervious pavement system’. Journal of Environmental Management 147, 246-256.
  • Parkinson, R., Newman, A.P., and Nathanial, P. (2000) ‘Contaminated Land -State of Local Authority Preparedness’. Land Contamination & Reclamation 8 (2), 133-143.
  • Newman, A.P. (2000) ‘Small Scale Wind and Solar Energy Systems: Access to Resources Under Irish and English Law’ Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal 7 (4), 139-147.


  • Oil Retention and biodegradation in pervious pavements.
  • Use of Herbicides in Pervious Pavement Systems. Investigation into effects of glyphosate on oil biodegrading organisms.
  • Development of Self Fertilising Geotextiles for Pervious Pavement Use.
  • Development of Novel Structures of Pavement for Biodegradation of Hydrocarbons.
  • Using recycled materials in pervious pavements.
  • Biodiversity accreditation schemes for industry. SOP and software developments.
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