Stuart Lane has been Professor of Geomorphology at the University of Lausanne since February 2011. He is a geographer with some training in civil engineering. He has won many prizes for his research, concerned with modelling and remote sensing of river flow, sediment and solute transport, river ecology and floods. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.
Stuart is particularly interested in the ways in which the practice of science can be democratised particularly in the field of risk management. One element of this democratisation is education and, as was written by Paola Friere (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
"Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity
it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
So, his teaching of environmental processes and the landscape in high mountains, fluvial geomorphology, river management, and risk and catastrophes in river systems is extremely important for him, with a strong emphasis upon learning through experience.