Susie has a PhD in stable and radioisotope chemistry and has 14 years of experience in environmental research and radioactive waste disposal. As a post-doctoral researcher in Scotland for 5 years, her research focussed on the use of stable and radioisotopes (d13C, d2H, d15N, d18O, 14C, 137Cs, 210Pb, 241Am, 239/240Pu, 238U-234U-230Th) to study environmental and geological processes. Environmental research projects included: remediation of heavy metal contaminated land, carbon cycling in peatlands (including novel technology development to enable radiocarbon dating of methane and carbon dioxide) and the authentication of Scotch whisky. Geological research projects have included investigations into the mobility and behaviour of radionuclides within natural bentonite clay and pillow lavas for the Cyprus Natural Analogue Project.
Since November 2011, she has been intensively involved in projects related to recovery from the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, including three months as a visiting research fellow working with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency’s F-TRACE team in Fukushima City in 2013. Between 2015 and 2016 Susie was involved in a feasibility study that included basic design and engineering design of an engineered radioactive waste disposal facility for damaged nuclear facilities in Iraq. Project work included development of a conceptual design (including siting) and site characterisation programme requirements.
Susie is now employed by Intera Incorporated (Swiss branch) and, in collaboration with McKinley Consulting, acts as coordinator for a wide range of work carried out in Japan, including support of co-disposal of HLW and TRU by the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) and the spent fuel feasibility study by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA).