Dr Ruth Alcock

Head of Enterprise&Business Partnerships

Profile

Ruth is currently Head of Enterprise and Business Partnerships in LEC leading a team of staff towards creating impact from research in partnership with business and other science and technology users. She has taken a lead role in coordinating activities within and between the science and user community, identifying new collaborative research opportunities and optimising professional development learning across a range of key science user groups.

Ruth works as part of a wider multidisciplinary team across Science and Technology at Lancaster and is able to bridge LEC expertise with research capability in Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Computing, Mathematics, Statistics, Security and Health.

Ruth trained as an environmental chemist (PhD Lancaster 1994) and developed a distinctive international profile of research targeted on the human health implications of chemical exposure. From 2003 she was based in the Lancaster Management School working alongside social scientists and focused on the interdisciplinary management and regulation of a range of contemporary risk issues. These included projects focused on risk migration and transformation, characterising the disparity between risk measurement and risk management, the broader impacts of new technologies such as nanotechnology and the regulatory implications of synergy associated with mixtures of hazards.

Policy, practice and decision making for zoonotic disease management: water and cryptosporidium
Austin, Z., Alcock, R., Christley, R., Haygarth, P., Heathwaite, L., Latham, S., Mort, M., Oliver, D., Pickup, R., Wastling, J.M., Wynne, B. 04/2012 In: Environment International. 40, n/a, p. 70-78. 9 p.
Journal article

Modelling everything everywhere: a new approach to decision-making for water management under uncertainty
Beven, K.J., Alcock, R.E. 2012 In: Freshwater Biology. 57, s1, p. 124-132. 9 p.
Journal article

Types of risk transformation: a case study
Busby, J., Alcock, R.E., MacGillivray, B. 2012 In: Journal of Risk Research. 15, 1, p. 67-84. 18 p.
Journal article

Valuing the Environment: Looking beyond the economics : Policy-focussed N8 Debate ouput
Alcock, R., Heathwaite, A.L., Harris, G., Bateman, I., Provins, A., Rudd, T. 07/2011
Working paper

Is risk-based regulation feasible?: The case of polylbrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
MacGillivray, B., Alcock, R., Busby, J. 02/2011 In: Risk Analysis. 31, 2, p. 266-281. 16 p.
Journal article

Understanding the mismatch between the demands of risk assessment and practice of scientists - the case of Deca-BDE.
Alcock, R.E., MacGillivray, B.H., Busby, J. 01/2011
Scientific review

Lost in Translation Website: Living with Uncertainty in Animal Disease Management
Alcock, R. 2011
Web publication/site

Diffuse pollution innovation through networks and demonstration.
Haygarth, P.M., Alcock, R.E., Oliver, D.M., Watson, N., Cunning, R., Heathwaite, A.L., Fox, J. 4/09/2010
Poster

Understanding and managing uncertainty related to future change in catchment systems – defining and developing Best Practice Guidance.
Alcock, R.E., Beven, K., Haygarth, P., O'Connell, E. 28/04/2010
Conference paper

Understanding and managing uncertainty in the impact of future change on catchment systems – defining and developing Best Practice Guidance.
Alcock, R.E., Beven, K., Haygarth, P.M., O'Connell, E. 27/01/2010
Conference paper

Guidelines for good practice in flood risk mapping: The catchment change network
Beven, K., Leedal, D., Alcock, R., Hunter, N., Keef, C., Lamb, R. 2010
Conference paper

NERC Catchment Change Network
Alcock, R. 2010
Web publication/site

Uncertainty and good practice in hydrological prediction
Beven, K., Leedal, D., Alcock, R. 2010 In: VATTEN. 66, p. 159-163. 5 p.
Journal article

Catchment Change Network focuses on Water Scarcity
Alcock, R. 12/2009 Water Active, p. 19. 1 p.
Article

The measurement and management of Deca-BDE- why the continued certainty of uncertainty?
Alcock, R.E., Busby, J.S., MacGillivray, B.H. 9/10/2008 In: Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications. CRC Press p. 993-998. 6 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-48513-5.
Chapter

The unintended consequences of risk regulation.
MacGillivray, B.H., Alcock, R.E., Busby, J.S. 10/09/2008 In: Safety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications. CRC Press p. 415-419. 5 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-48513-5.
Chapter

Risk Management by Heuristic: a Study of Brominated Flame Retardants.
MacGillivray, B.H., Alcock, R.E., Busby, J.S. 2008 In: International Society for Risk Analysis conference. Dec 3-7 2008, SRA Boston..
Chapter

The measurement and management of Deca-BDE - why the continued certainty of uncertainty?
Alcock, R., MacGillivray, B.H., Busby, J.S. 2008 In: ESREL 2008 and 17th SRA-Europe Conference (Valencia) - 2008. N/A : unknown p. 993-998. 6 p.
Conference contribution

Environmental concentrations of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans in UK soil and herbage.
Creaser, C.S., Wood, M.D., Alcock, R.E., Copplestone, D. 21/06/2007 Environment Agency, 66 p.
Working paper

UK Soils and Herbage Survey. Report 8 : environmental concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in UK soil and herbage.
Creaser, C.S., Wood, M.D., Alcock, R.E., Copplestone, D. 21/06/2007 Bristol : Environment Agency, 54 p.
Working paper

UK Soils and Herbage Survey. Report 10: Environmental concentrations of dioxins and furans in UK soil and herbage.
Creaser, C.S., Wood, M.D., Alcock, R., Copplestone, D., Crook, P.J. 06/2007 Bristol : Environment Agency. 75 p. ISBN: 9781844327751.
Book

Risk Migration- where next?
Alcock, R.E., Busby, J. 2007 In: Society for Risk Analysis Conference. 2007. The Hague, Netherlands 24th June 2007. Taylor & Francis
Chapter

UK Soils and Herbage Survey Report No. 9 : Environmental concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in UK soil and herbage.
Creaser, C.S., Wood, M.D., Alcock, R., Crook, P.J., Copplestone, D. 2007 Bristol : Environment Agency. 61 p. ISBN: 9781844327744.
Book

Risk migration and scientific advance : the case of flame retardant compounds.
Alcock, R.E., Busby, J. 04/2006 In: Risk Analysis. 26, 2, p. 369-381.
Journal article

Different levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and chlorinated compounds in breast milk from two UK regions.
Kalantzi, O.I., Martin, F.L., Thomas, G.O., Alcock, R.E., Tang, H.R., Drury, S.C., Carmichael, P.L., Nicholson, J.K., Jones, K.C. 07/2004 In: Environmental Health Perspectives. 112, 10, p. 1085-1091. 7 p.
Journal article

Low-dose induction of micronuclei by lindane.
Kalantzi, O.I., Hewitt, R., Ford, K.J., Cooper, L.J., Alcock, R.E., Thomas, G.O., Morris, J.A., McMillan, T.J., Jones, K.C., Martin, F.L. 04/2004 In: Carcinogenesis. 25, 4, p. 613-622. 10 p.
Journal article

Are risk assessments sufficiently credible to support questions of liability?
Hughes, E.J., Busby, J.S., Alcock, R. 2004 In: International Conference on Probalistic Safety Assessment and Management PSAM7, (Berlin) - 2004. N/A : unknown
Conference contribution

Inter-individual differences in the ability of human milk-fat extracts to enhance the genotoxic potential of the procarcinogen benzo[a]pyrene in MCF-7 breast cells.
Kalantzi, O.I., Hewitt, R., Ford, K.J., Alcock, R.E., Thomas, G.O., Morris, J.A., Hewer, A., Phillips, D.H., Jones, K.C., Martin, F.L. 2004 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 38, 13, p. 3614-3622. 9 p.
Journal article

Understanding levels and trends of BDE-47 in the UK and North America : an assessment of principal reservoirs and source inputs.
Alcock, R.E., Sweetman, A.J., Prevedouros, K., Jones, K.C. 09/2003 In: Environment International. 29, 6, p. 691-698. 8 p.
Journal article

Health risks of persistent organic pollutants from long-range transboundary air pollution.
Alcock, R.E. 2003 Joint WHO/Convention Task Force on the Health Aspects of Air Pollution, 254 p.
Working paper

Hormone-induced DNA damage in breast and prostate cells.
Martin, F.L., Kalantzi, O.I., Jones, K.C., Alcock, R.E., Thomas, G.O., Cooper, L. 2003
Other contribution

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and selected organochlorines in human breast milk samples from the United Kingdom.
Kalantzi, O.I., Alcock, R.E., Martin, F.L., Thomas, G.O., Jones, K.C. 2003 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 61, p. 9-12. 4 p.
Journal article

Temporal and spatial trends of PCB congeners in UK gannet eggs.
Alcock, R.E., Boumphrey, R., Malcolm, H., Osborn, D., Jones, K.C. 05/2002 In: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment . 31, 3, p. 202-206. 5 p.
Journal article

Using PCDD/F congener patterns to determine the source of elevated TEQ concentrations in cows milk : a case study.
Alcock, R.E., Sweetman, A.J., Anderson, D.R., Fisher, R., Jennings, R.A., Jones, K.C. 01/2002 In: Chemosphere. 46, 3, p. 383-391. 9 p.
Journal article

A congener-specific PCDD/F emissions inventory for the UK: do current estimates account for the measured atmospheric burden?
Alcock, R.E., Sweetman, A.J., Jones, K.C. 04/2001 In: Chemosphere. 43, 2, p. 183-194. 12 p.
Journal article

The global distribution of PCBs and organochlorine pesticides in butter.
Kalantzi, O.I., Alcock, R.E., Santillo, D., Johnston, P.A., Stephenson, A., Stringer, R., Thomas, G.O., Jones, K.C. 15/03/2001 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 35, 6, p. 1013-1018. 6 p.
Journal article

A generic model of human lifetime exposure to persistent organic contaminants: development and application to PCB-101.
Alcock, R.E., Sweetman, A.J., Juan, C.Y., Jones, K.C. 11/2000 In: Environmental Pollution. 110, 2, p. 253-265. 13 p.
Journal article

Human exposure to PCDD/Fs in the UK : the development of a modelling approach to give historical and future perspectives.
Sweetman, A.J., Alcock, R.E., Wittsiepe, J., Jones, K.C. 08/2000 In: Environment International. 26, 1-2, p. 37-47. 11 p.
Journal article

‘New’ organic compounds in the environment
Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C. 1/05/1999 In: Atmospheric Environment. 33, 10, p. 1645-1646. 2 p.
Journal article

Assessment of organic contaminant fate in waste water treatment plants : selected compounds and physicochemical properties.
Alcock, R.E., Sweetman, A.J., Jones, K.C. 04/1999 In: Chemosphere. 38, 10, p. 2247-2262. 16 p.
Journal article

Interpreting, correlating and predicting the multi-media concentrations of PCDD/Fs in the United Kingdom.
Cole, J., Mackay, D., Jones, K.C., Alcock, R.E. 1/02/1999 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 33, 3, p. 399-405. 7 p.
Journal article

Improvements to the UK PCDD/F and PCB atmospheric emissions inventory following an emissions measurement programme.
Alcock, R.E., Gemmill, R., Jones, K.C. 02/1999 In: Chemosphere. 38, 4, p. 759-770. 12 p.
Journal article

Response to comment on : evidence for the presence of PCDD/Fs in the environment prior to 1900 and further studies on their temporal trends.
Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C., McLachlan, M.S., Johnston, A.E. 1/01/1999 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 33, 1, p. 206-207. 2 p.
Journal article

PCDD/Fs and PCBs in aquatic organisms from the Venice Lagoon: spatial and species variations.
Green, N., Wood, J., Alcock, R.E., Della Sala, S., D’Andrea, F., Jones, K.C. 1999 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 43, p. 343-346. 4 p.
Journal article

PCDD/Fs and PCBs in sediment samples from the Venice Lagoon.
Green, N., Wood, J., Alcock, R.E., Marcomini, A., Jones, K.C. 1999 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 43, p. 339-342. 4 p.
Journal article

The intake and clearance of PCBs in humans - a generic model of lifetime exposure.
Alcock, R.E., Sweetman, A.J., Juan, C., Jones, K.C. 1999 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 44, p. 61-65. 5 p.
Journal article

Dioxin-like PCBs in the environment - human exposure and the significance of sources.
Alcock, R.E., Behnisch, P.A., Jones, K.C., Hagenmaier, H. 10/1998 In: Chemosphere. 37, 8, p. 1457-1472. 16 p.
Journal article

Evidence for the presence of PCDD/Fs in the environment prior to 1900 and further studies on their temporal trends.
Alcock, R.E., McLachlan, M.S., Johnston, A.E., Jones, K.C. 1/06/1998 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 32, 11, p. 1580-1587. 8 p.
Journal article

An updated UK PCDD/F atmospheric emission inventory based on a recent emissions measurement programme.
Alcock, R.E., Gemmill, R., Jones, K.C. 1998 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 38, p. 89-93. 5 p.
Journal article

Dioxin-like PCBs in food - their significance to human TEQ exposure.
Alcock, R.E., Behnisch, P.A., Hagenmaier, H., Jones, K.C. 1998 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 36, p. 105-109. 5 p.
Journal article

Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and Chloranil as PCDD/F sources to sewage sludge and sludge amended soils in the UK.
Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C. 11/1997 In: Chemosphere. 35, 10, p. 2317-2330. 14 p.
Journal article

Persistence of organic contaminants in soils from a sewage sludge amended field experiment.
Wilson, S.C., Alcock, R.E., Sewart, A.P., Jones, K.C. 11/1997 In: Journal of Environmental Quality. 26, 6, p. 1467-1477. 11 p.
Journal article

Observations on PAH, PCB and PCDD/F trends in UK urban air, 1991-1995.
Coleman, P.J., Lee, R.G.M., Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C. 07/1997 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 31, 7, p. 2120-2124. 5 p.
Journal article

Exploring the balance between sources, deposition and the environmental burden of PCDD/Fs in the UK terrestrial environment: an aid to identifying uncertainties and research needs.
Duarte-Davidson, R., Sewart, A.P., Alcock, R.E., Cousins, I., Jones, K.C. 01/1997 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 31, 1, p. 1-11. 11 p.
Journal article

Confirmation of the presence of PCDD/Fs in UK soils prior to 1900.
Alcock, R.E., McLachlan, M., Johnston, A.E., Jones, K.C. 1997 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 32, p. 187-191. 5 p.
Journal article

Congener-specific transfer of PCDD/Fs from air to cows milk : an evaluation of current modelling approaches.
Douben, P.E.T., Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C. 1997 In: Environmental Pollution. 95, 3, p. 333-344. 12 p.
Journal article

Reconstructing air concentrations and deposition fluxes of PCDD/Fs in the UK.
Alcock, R.E., Coleman, P.J., McLachlan, M., Jones, K.C. 1997 In: Organohalogen Compounds. 33, p. 88-92. 5 p.
Journal article

Dioxins in the environment : a review of trend data.
Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C. 10/1996 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 30, 11, p. 3133-3143. 11 p.
Journal article

Organic contaminants in sewage sludge.
Jones, K.C., Alcock, R.E. 21/06/1996 In: Science of the Total Environment. 185, 1-3, p. 1-216. 216 p.
Journal article

Organic chemicals in contaminated land : analysis, significance and research priorities.
Jones, K.C., Alcock, R.E., Johnson, D.L., Semple, K.T., Woolgar, P.J. 1996 In: Land Contamination and Reclamation. 4, 3, p. 189-198. 10 p.
Journal article

The persistence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in sewage sludge amended agricultural soils.
Alcock, R.E., Bacon, J.R., Bardget, R.D., Beck, A.J., Haygarth, P.M., Lee, R.G.M., Parker, C.A., Jones, K.C. 1996 In: Environmental Pollution. 93, 1, p. 83-92. 10 p.
Journal article

Kinetic constraints on the loss of organic chemicals from contaminated soils: Implications for soil-quality limits.
Beck, A.J., Wilson, S.C., Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C. 02/1995 In: Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 25, 1, p. 1-43. 43 p.
Journal article

Long-term persistence of organic-chemicals in sewage sludge-amended agricultural land: a soil quality perspective.
Beck, A.J., Alcock, R.E., Wilson, S.C., Wang, M.J., Wild, S.R., Sewart, A.P., Jones, K.C. 1995 In: Advances in agronomy. Elsevier p. 345-391. 47 p. ISBN: 9780120007554.
Chapter

The influence of multiple sewage-sludge amendments on the PCB content of an agricultural soil over time.
Alcock, R.E., Mcgrath, S.P., Jones, K.C. 1995 In: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 14, 4, p. 553-560. 8 p.
Journal article

Contamination of Environmental Samples Prepared for PCB Analysis.
Alcock, R.E., Halsall, C.J., Harris, C.A., Johnston, A.E., Lead, W.A., Sanders, G., Jones, K.C. 10/1994 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 28, 11, p. 1838-1842. 5 p.
Journal article

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the British environment: Sinks, sources and temporal trends.
Harrad, S.J., Sewart, A.P., Alcock, R.E., Boumphrey, R., Burnett, V., Duarte-Davidson, R., Halsall, C.J., Sanders, G., Waterhouse, K., Wild, S.R., Jones, K.C. 1994 In: Environmental Pollution. 85, 2, p. 131-146. 16 p.
Journal article

Long-term changes in the polychlorinated biphenyl content of United Kingdom soils.
Alcock, R.E., Johnston, A.E., Mcgrath, S.P., Berrow, M.L., Jones, K.C. 1993 In: Environmental Science and Technology. 27, 9, p. 1918-1923. 6 p.
Journal article

Polychlorinated biphenyls in digested UK sewage sludges.
Alcock, R.E., Jones, K.C. 1993 In: Chemosphere. 26, 12, p. 2199-2207. 9 p.
Journal article