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Prof. Robert Allison

Pro-Vice-Chancellor University of Sussex
Location: Brighton, UK


Professor Allison’s research interests examine interactions between earth processes, landforms and material properties. Past projects have been funded by a range of organisations including the Natural Environment Research Council, The Royal Society, and The Nuffield Foundation. Professor Allison has been the recipient of honours and awards: Jan De Ploey Prize (Katholieke Universitat Leuven 1993); Charles Lyell Award (British Association for the Advancement of Science 1995); Cuthbert Peek Award (Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers 1997), all principally for research in hillslope processes and arid land geomorphology. Bob contributes to the work of a range of organisations; he both sits on and chairs a range of grant committees at the NERC, shortly becomes Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology and contributes in a variety of ways to the activities of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Insitute of British Geographers).