Dr Munira Raji
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Dr Munira Raji

Sustainable Geoscience and Natural Capital Research Fellow

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Biography

Biography

Dr Munira Raji is a Sustainable Geoscience and Natural Capital Research Fellow at the University of Plymouth. Munira has combined experience in academia and industry leading and delivering a range of interdisciplinary research projects covering conventional and unconventional (shale gas and oil) exploration, resource assessments, investigations and environmental remediation of geothermal energy and carbon capture sequestration, novel recovery of rare earth minerals from coal waste and emerging strategies for sustainable extraction of critical minerals for clean energy technology within the UK and overseas. Munira fosters research collaboration and project development around natural capital (floating offshore wind, geothermal energy, geo-resources, blue /green economy) assets with academic partners, industry, local businesses, and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and the local authorities in the Great Southwest.

 Munira’s work involves engaging with the global scientific community and advancing Geoscience for Sustainable Human Progress. Her research focuses on the nexus of sustainability of natural resources (affordable and clean renewable energy, clean water, responsible critical minerals extraction and the management of natural capital), United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 6, 7,12, 14 and 17), Science Policy, Geoscience Diplomacy and Just Energy Transition. She serves on the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Sustainability Committee and is a member of the European Geoscience Union (EGU) Equality Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee. 

In October 2022, Munira was awarded the Early Career Energy Geoscientist Medal by the Geological Society of London Energy Group.

Qualifications

  • PhD Geological Sciences: Durham University
  • MSc. Applied Petroleum Geoscience: University of Derby
  • BSc. Geology: University of Portsmouth
  • Certificate in Science Diplomacy: Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals


Professional membership

  • Fellow of the Geological Society of London (GeolSoc)
  • Committee Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
  • Committee Member of the European Geoscience Union (EGU)
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Roles on external bodies

  • Visiting Researcher at the University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Sustainability Committee
  • Member of the European Geoscience Union Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee
  • American Geophysical Union Voice for Science Policy Fellow


Publications

Publications

Key publications

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Journals
Articles
Wang L, Lv D, Hower JC, Zhang Z, Raji M, Tang J, Liu Y & Gao J (2022) 'Geochemical characteristics and paleoclimate implication of Middle Jurassic coal in the Ordos Basin, China' Ore Geology Reviews 144, 104848-104848 , DOI
Zhang Z, Lv D, Wang C, Hower JC, Raji M, Wang T, Zhang J & Yang Y (2022) 'Mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of tonsteins from the Middle Jurassic Yan'an Formation, Ordos Basin, North China' International Journal of Coal Geology 253, 103968-103968 , DOI
Raji M, Gröcke DR, Greenwell HC, Gluyas JG & Cornford C (2015) 'The effect of interbedding on shale reservoir properties' Marine and Petroleum Geology 67, 154-169 , DOI
Conference Papers
Adedosu T, Adedosu T & Raji M (2021) 'Petroleum Potential of Late Cretaceous Shale of Wadi-1 Well, Chad Basin, Northeastern Nigeria' 82nd EAGE Annual Conference & Exhibition European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers , DOI
Raji M, Gröcke DR, Greenwell C & Cornford C (2015) 'Pyrolysis, Porosity and Productivity in Unconventional Mudstone Reservoirs: ‘Free’ and ‘Adsorbed’ Oil' Unconventional Resources Technology Conference 7-/-0/20157-/-0/2015American Association of Petroleum Geologists , DOI
Raji M, Gröcke DR, Greenwell C & Cornford C (2015) 'Pyrolysis, Porosity and Productivity in Unconventional Mudstone Reservoirs: Free and Adsorbed Oil' Unconventional Resources Technology Conference Society of Petroleum Engineers , DOI
Raji M, Cornford C, Pather A & Satterfield D (2013) 'Unconventional Oil and Gas Potential of the Widmerpool Gulf in the East Midlands Province of England' Unconventional Resources Technology Conference Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Petroleum Engineers , DOI