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Dr Lee Hosking
Lecturer in Energy Geomechanics

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Lee is a Lecturer in Energy Geomechanics in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on computational modelling of deep subsurface environments with attention to coupled thermal-hydraulic-mechanical (THM) phenomena, accurate and efficient fracture network representation, and damage evolution. For over 10 years, the main practical application of his research has been geological CO₂ storage with respect to storage capacity, injectivity, and migration/confinement, but he has also worked on unconventional geothermal energy systems and radioactive waste disposal. Alongside his research, Lee teaches geo-energy engineering and climate change science, and is Senior Tutor for Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Before joining Brunel in 2020, Lee was a postdoctoral researcher at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff University, where he led the CO₂ sequestration work package of the FLEXIS energy systems research project. He received his PhD from Cardiff University in 2014 for research on coupled THM behaviour during CO₂ injection in coal, having graduated with an MEng Civil Engineering, also from Cardiff University.

Lee's current research projects, funded by The Royal Society and EPSRC (via UKCCSRC and Horizon Europe underwrite), are investigating key aspects of CO₂ storage linked with injection well integrity and the prediction and management of fluid injection-induced seismicity. These projects are being delivered alongside his national and international partners from academia and industry.

His professional affiliations include Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, membership of the Editorial Board for the journal Deep Underground Science and Engineering, and membership of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, British Geotechnical Association, and International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering. Within Brunel's research environment, he is part of the Centre for Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies as well as the Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer and Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering research groups.

Lee is always looking for talented and motivated PhD students as well as new collaborators for research projects.


  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2022
  • PhD in Geoenvironmental Engineering, Cardiff University, 2014
  • MEng Civil Engineering (First Class Hons), Cardiff University, 2010


  • Senior Tutor (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Chair of Student Experience Committee
  • NSS Champion
  • Digital Education Champion

Newest selected publications

Masum, SA., Chen, M., Hosking, LJ., Stańczyk, K., Kapusta, K. and Thomas, HR. (2022) 'A numerical modelling study to support design of an in-situ CO2 injection test facility using horizontal injection well in a shallow-depth coal seam'. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 119. pp. 1 - 19. ISSN: 1750-5836 Open Access Link

Journal article

Ma, Y., Chen, X., Hosking, LJ., Yu, H-S. and Thomas, HR. (2021) 'THMC constitutive model for membrane geomaterials based on Mixture Coupling Theory'. International Journal of Engineering Science, 171. pp. 103605 - 103605. ISSN: 0020-7225 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hosking, LJ., Chen, M. and Thomas, HR. (2020) 'Numerical analysis of dual porosity coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour during CO2 sequestration in coal'. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences, 135. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 1365-1609 Open Access Link

Journal article

Hosking, L. and Thomas, H. (2020) 'Dual porosity modelling of coal core flooding experiments with carbon dioxide'. Computers and Geotechnics, 121. pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 0266-352X Open Access Link

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Chen, M., Hosking, LJ., Sandford, RJ. and Thomas, HR. (2019) 'Dual porosity modelling of the coupled mechanical response of coal to gas flow and adsorption'. International Journal of Coal Geology, 205 (March 2019). pp. 115 - 125. ISSN: 0166-5162 Open Access Link

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