Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson


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Born and raised in Derby to a Jamaican mother and a Vincentian father, I was the first person in my family to attend university. Having done so, I completed my BSc (1998 - Geology) and PhD (2002 - Rift basin development) at the University of Manchester. From 2002 until 2004, I was employed as an exploration research geologist in the Norsk Hydro (now Equinor) research centre, Bergen, Norway. I then moved to Imperial College, where I was Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, and eventually Professor of Basin Analysis.

I returned to the University of Manchester in early-2021 as the Chair of Sustainable Geoscience. As a member of the Basins Research Group, I continue to work on a range of problems related to basin structure and evolution, focusing on: (i) the tectono-stratigraphic evolution of rift and salt basins: (ii) the processes and products of crustal magmatism; and (iii) the structure and emplacement of submarine landslides, drawing on traditional fieldwork techniques and subsurface (i.e. seismic reflection and borehole) datasets. Elements of this research is applied to: (i) the characterisation and mitigation of geohazards; (ii) the locating and production of petroleum resources; and (iii) the sequestration of carbon dioxide in geological rock formations.

When not studying rocks, I give geoscience lectures to the general public and in schools. I have also appeared on several, Earth Science-focused, television productions and podcasts. I am actively engaged in efforts to improve equality, diversity, and inclusivity in Earth Science in particular, and Higher Education in general. Some of my work can be found here: (i) barriers to participation in undergraduate fieldwork; (ii) dealing with anti-Black racism in geoscience fieldwork; (iii) inclusion of LGBTQ+ staff and students in geoscience fieldwork; and (iv) the racial diversity crisis in geosciences.   


A full list of my publications, including preprints, can be found hereMy full CV can be found here. Please also see here my Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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