Directory of Expertise

Our academics are prominent advisors to many Government departments and agencies, advising Government on water and flood infrastructure, influencing White Papers and finding novel solutions to challenges through our Thought Leadership Clubs. We have more than 100 researchers active in water R&D, including 12 Professors, and have excellent connections with universities both here in the UK and around the world. Our researchers and students also benefit from direct input by Visiting Professors from the water industry.

Please use this directory to search for academics involved in water related research at the University of Sheffield

Search based on name, department, or any keyword.

(Anyone wishing to be added to this list, or to amend a current listing, please contact Rosie Skirrow in R&IS (r.c.skirrow@sheffield.ac.uk)

Name

Title

Department

Contact

Expertise

Mohamad Abdel-Aal

PhD Student Civil and Structural Engineering

E: mohamadabdelaal@gmail.com

Modelling, underground heat recovery, urban water cycle
Christian Akpan                        PhD Student Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: c.akpan@sheffield.ac.uk

Wastewater
Fatima Ajia PhD Researcher Department of Urban Studies and Planning E: fajia1@Sheffield.ac.uk Water governance in relation to public involvement in water resource management, and the adaptation to climate change and urbanisation. View 'The Adaptive Scientist' blog.
Manar Al-Safar PhD Student Civil and Structural Engineering

E: cip11msa@sheffield.ac.uk

Flow hydrodynamics
Matthew Badger PhD Student, IDC STREAM Studentship Civil and Structural Engineering

E: idp11mb@sheffield.ac.uk

T: Contact Dr James Shucksmith

Sustainable drainage, surface water management, sewer systems
Professor Stephen Beck Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering

E: s.beck@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7730

Flow measurement, heat transfer, leak detection, pipeline failures
Professor Catherine Biggs Professor Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: c.biggs@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7510

Environmental engineering, urban water environment, bio-engineering
Dr Kamaljit Birdi Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology Management School

E: K.Birdi@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 3288

Understanding, and enhancing, factors influencing creativity and innovation in organisations.
Dr John Blanksby Senior Research Fellow Civil and Structural Engineering

E: j.blanksby@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5750

Modelling and management of urban drainage systesm (sewage treatment plant inlet works & surface management measures including water quantity and quality.)
Professor Joby Boxall Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering, EPSRC Challenging Engineer Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: j.b.boxall@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5760

Potable water distribution systems, water quality, infrastructure performance
Dr Andrew Brint Lecturer in Operations Management Management School

E: A.Brint@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 3470

Operational Research and statistical modelling of Asset Mangement
Joe Butterfield PhD Student, IDC STREAM Studentship Department of Mechanical Engineering

E: jbutterfield1@sheffield.ac.uk

T: Contact Stephen Beck

Fundamentals of leak detection in water distribution systems
Fiona Calder PhD Student Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: v.camacho@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5767

Hydrology, Water resources Engineering, sustainable manufacturing, river pollutants
Vivian Camacho PhD Student Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Dr Ross Cameron Senior Lecturer Landscape Management, Ecology & Design Landscape

E: r.w.cameron@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 0614

Plant stress and adaptation, plants / landscapes and climate change, plants and eco-system service delivery
Professor Duncan Cameron Professor of Plant and Soil Biology, Co-director P3 Animal and Plant Science

E: d.cameron@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 0066

Crop water use and irrigation
Daniel Caviedes-Voullième PhD Student Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: v.camacho@sheffield.ac.uk

0114 222 5767

Hydrology, Water resources Engineering, sustainable manufacturing, river pollutants
Professor Fabio Ciravegna Professor of Language and Knowledge Technologies Computer Science

E: f.ciravegna@shef.ac.uk

Citizen observatories, crowdsourcing, participatory sensing, low cost sensing
Dr Richard Collins Lecturer in Water Engineering Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: r.p.collins@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5715

Water engineering, water distribution systems
Dr Stephen Connelly Senior Lecturer Urban Studies and Planning

E: s.connelly@sheffield.ac.uk

0114 222 6916

Governance, public involvement, evaluation, coproduction of research, organisational change
Dr Matthew Cotton Lecturer Urban Studies and Planning

E: m.cotton@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 2226183

Public participation in infrastructure planning, planning policy and evaluation of the social impacts of engineering projects, particularly in relation to energy and waste infrastructure, though this is transferable to the water sector.
Liz Court PhD Student Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: e.court@sheffield.ac.uk

Synthetic biology, pathogens
Andrew Darby Partnerships Development Officer Research and Innovation Services

E: a.k.darby@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 1453

Strategic partnership development across faculties and departments,
Simon De-Ville PhD Student Civil and Structural Engineering

E: sde-ville1@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5767

Data sharing, modelling hydrological processes, SUDS, Stormwater, green roofs
Professor Tony Dodd Lecturer in Aerospace Systems Engineering Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

E: t.j.dodd@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5636

Robotic inspection; condition monitoring; control; systems engineering
Dr Isabel Douterelo Research Associate Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: i.douterelo@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5767

Aquatic ecology, environmental microbiology, molecular microbial ecology
Dr Nigel Dunnett Professor of Planting Design and Vegetation Technology Department of Landscape

E: n.dunnett@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 0611

Water-Sensitive Design. Ecology, Biodiversity. Ecosystem Services. Vegetation design. Aesthetics. Vegetation Technology. Green roofs, rain gardens + other surface water management tools & their integration into the built environment. Design & planning issues.
Dr Stephen Ebbens EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: s.ebbens@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7589

Nanoswimming devices
Dr Kathryn Ellis Postgraduate Researcher Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: k.e.ellis@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5750

Bacteriological failures in distribution systems 
Dr Andrew Ferguson Research Development Manager Chemical and Biological Engineering

E : andrew.ferguson@sheffield.ac.uk

Water Treatment
Katherine Fish Research Associate Civil and Structural Engineering

E: k.fish@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5767

Drinking water distribution systems, water quality, environmental microbiology, biofilms, molecular microbial ecology
Mr Sam Fox PhD Student

E: sam.fox@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5416

Modelling leakage behaviour
Dr Will Furnass Post-Doctoral Research Associate Civil and Structural Engineering

E: wrfurnass1@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5768

Modelling the hydraulics and water quality of water distribution networks (esp. discolouration modelling), machine learning, hydroinformatics, research software engineering
Professor Mark Geoghegan Professor of Soft Matter Physics Department of Physics and Astronomy

E: mark.geoghegan@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 22 23544

Polymers at surfaces and interfaces, Polymer gels and diffusion, Cell-surface interactions, Soft nanotechnology, Semiconducting polymers
Richard Gill PhD Research Student Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group

E: richard.gill@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5784

Environmental science, electrokinetic-enhanced bioremediation of contaminated soil and groundwater
Dr Jim Gilmour Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

E: D.J.Gilmour@Sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 4412

Microalgae growth and physiology
Mahshid Golzar PhD Student Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: mgolzar1@sheffield.ac.uk

CFD pond model, stormwater
Dr Michael Griffiths Grid and High Performance Computing Specialist Corporate Information and Computing Services

E: m.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 1126

Grid and High Performance Computing
Dilshad Haleem PhD Student Civil and Structural Engineering

E: dajhaleem1@sheffield.ac.uk

Water resources engineering, hydraulic modelling
Professor Edward Hanna Professor of Climate Change Geography

E: e.hanna@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7965

Climate change, glaciers
Professor John Henneberry Professor of Property Development Studies Urban Studies and Planning

E: j.henneberry@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 6911

Financial modeling of engineering interventions in wider built environment to assess relation between design (linking with Eckart's visualisations, see above) and value / cost / viability; impact of urban water interventions on wider property values; assessment of willingness to pay for / be compensated for water interventions by users / those affected; calculative practices of the different actors involved in water interventions and the assumptions etc. that they embody.
Professor Mike Holcombe Senior Director ACRC

E: m.holcombe@acrc.com

T: 0114 222 1811

Software
Lindsay Hopcroft Senior Clerical Officer Pennine Water Group

E: l.hopcroft@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5761

Pennine Water Group supporting Professor Boxall and Professor Tait
Professor Kirill Horoshenkov Professor of Acoustics Mechanical Engineering

E: k.horoshenkov@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7855

Measuring the behaviour of the free surface of open channel flows, developing novel acoustic methods for measurement of the conditions of underground assets
Aimie Hope

E: aimie.hope@sheffield.ac.uk

Compensatory green beliefs
Dr Maria Huete-Ortega Postdoctoral Research Associate Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: mhueteortega@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Stewart Husband Research Associate Civil and Structural Engineering

E: s.husband@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5416

Erosion and discoloration of water distribution systems
Lucy Irons PhD Student, IDC STREAM Studentship Civil and Structural Engineering

E: lmirons1@sheffield.ac.uk

T: Contact Prof Joby Boxall

Water distribution systems
Dr Henriette Jensen Lecturer Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: h.s.jensen@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 8254

In-sewer processes and concrete corrosion, microbiology in urban water systems, synthetic biology, odour problems, environmental engineering
Dr Noel Johnson Research Associate Management School

E: n.johnson@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 3304

Social capital and resilience in organisational networks
Dr Bryn Jones Lecturer Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

E: b.l.jones@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5613

Thermoelectric energy harvesting
Dr Christopher Jones Social and Environmental Psychologist Psychology

E: c.r.jones@shef.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 6592

Environmental psychology, public acceptance of new technology and understanding energy use behaviour
Sally Jones PhD Student Civil and Structural Engineering

E. sljones1@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5416

Particle mobilisation due to transients

Professor Jian Kang Professor of Acoustics School of Architecture

E: J.Kang@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 0325

Environmental and Building Acoustics
Dr Gabriella Kakonyi Researcher Staff Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group

E: g.kakonyi@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5734 /5725

Environmental engineering, analytical chemistry, permeable reactive barrier technologies, ferrous-oxide filters, inorganic pollution, ether oxygenate degradation, effect of dental polymers on the environment
Dr Esther Karunakaran Lecturer Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: e.karunakaran@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7599

Microbiology, molecular biology, biofilms
Dr Georges Kesserwani Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics Civil and Structural Engineering

E: g.kesserwani@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5746

Numerical modelling of flood risk and responses, relevant to interaction with urbans systems, social behaviour, etc.
Dr Chris Keylock Prize Senior Lecturer Civil and Structural Engineering

E: c.keylock@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5705

Research areas involve statistical prediction under conditions of nonstationarity (flooding under climate change) and more fundamental work on understanding (and therefore being able to predict better) the flow of turbulent, Newtonian fluids such as water.
Professor Lenny Koh Director of Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre Management School

E: S.C.L.Koh@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 3395

Supply chain, resource efficiency, energy, environment, sustainability, LCA, decision support, modelling
Professor Eckart Lange Professor of Landscape Department of Landscape

E: e.lange@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 0600

Visualises impacts of large infrastructure and energy projects, including brown coal surface mining, hydro power and wind energy projects. His research in Augmented Reality has been featured in the New Scientist. In his recent project (http://windnet.org.uk) which is part of the Energy and Environment Network he is investigating the cumulative assessment of wind farms.
Professor Jonathan R Leake Reader in Plant-Soil interactions Animal and Plant Science

E: j.r.leake@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 0055

Soil structure contributing to soil water water-holding capacity and the role of organisms in this. Urban ecosystem services, wastewater nutrient recycling to farmland
Ruth Levene Artist in Residence Faculty of Engineering

E: b.levene@sheffield.ac.uk

Creative
Ally Lu Teaching Associate and International Student Experience Officer Urban Studies and Planning

E: ally.lu@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 6914

Research into sustainable planning and design in the urban water environment, with a particular interest in urban landscape history and conservation.
Dr Cyril Lynsdale Lecturer in Cement and Concrete Materials and Technology Civil and Structural Engineering

E: c.lynsdale@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5720

Concrete technology
Matthew Mahoney PhD Student, IDC STREAM Studentship Civil and Structural Engineering

E: mfmahoney1@sheffield.ac.uk

Bed filters
Professor Lorraine Maltby Professor of Environmental Biology Animal and Plant Science

E: l.maltby@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 4827

Ecotoxicology
Professor Martin Mayfield Professor of Engineering Design Civil and Structural Engineering

E: martin.mayfield@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5054

Built Environment, City Systems and infrastructure interdependencies, in particular Urban Energy Systems and how they respond to stress and shock events.
Dr Martina McGuiness Senior Lecturer in Risk Management and Strategy Management School

E: m.mcguinness@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 3381

Flooding, drought
Dr Manoj Menon Lecturer in Soil/Environmental Science Civil and Structural Engineering

E: m.menon@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5752

Soils-plant water relationships, Modelling water flow, nitrate dynamics in soils
Dr Steve Mounce

E: s.r.mounce@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Joy Mukherjee Post-doctoral Research Assistant Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: j.mukherjee@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7599

Bacterial cell characterisation, biofilm, synthetic biology
Mano Muthusamy Doctoral Researcher Civil and Structural Engineering

E: m.muthasamy@sheffield.ac.uk

Climate change
Vi Nguyen PhD Student Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: vi.nguyen@sheffield.ac.uk

Biofilm formation, anaerobic digestion
Andrew Nichols Lecturer Civil and Structural Engineering

E: a.nichols@sheffield.ac.uk

Surface dynamics, novel sensing and experimental methods
Bobby Nisha Teaching Associate Department of Urban Studies and Planning

E: b.nisha@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 6934

Water from urban regeneration, water-front public space design, water as a design element and social interaction, symbolism and sense of place
Dr Mark Ogden Lecturer Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: m.d.ogden@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7504

Metal separations and ion exchange
Alastair Oswals Associate Teacher in Landscape Archaeology Archaeology

E: a.oswald@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 2925

Historic contamination; historic landscape
Dr Jagroop Pandhal Lecturer in Biological Engineering Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: j.pandhal@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 4914

Metabolic engineering, environmental engineering, omics
Dr Alex Peng Lecturer in Information Systems Information School

E: g.c.peng@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 2658

Citizen engagement of smart technologies, evaluation and measurement of the impacts of engineering solutions, interventions to facilitate behaviour changes, market sizing, business model design

Frances Pick PhD Student, IDC STREAM Studentship Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: fcpick1@sheffield.ac.uk

Water distribution systems
Suzanne Pinkney Research Associate Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: s.z.pinkney@sheffield.ac.uk

Residence time distributions, particle size reduction
Paul Raven Postgraduate Researcher Civil and Structural Engineering

E: p.raven@sheffield.ac.uk

Infrastructure futures and theory, metasystem dynamics, critical strategic foresight
Professor Edward Rhodes Chair in Physical Geography Geography

E: Ed.Rhodes@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7910

Measurement of long term records of water supply using sediments, relationship of fluvial activity to regional climate, monitoring and modelling of glacial input to water supplies, and their reduction with climate change, tracing of sediment movement within catchments, with implications for past water flow, sediment and pollutant transport, determination of past wildfire activity and implications for future water quality with changing climate
Dr Maria Romero-González Lecturer Civil and Structural Engineering

E: m.e.romero-gonzalez@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5740

Experimental studies at molecular scale of the structure and bonding of contaminants on living surfaces in soils, sediments and water. The influence of interfacial chemical structure and bonding on electron transfer reactions involving mineral and cell surfaces. The development and application of nanoparticles and biomaterials for remediation of organic pollutants, heavy metals and radionuclides.
Matteo Rubinato Research Student Civil and Structural Engineering

E: m.rubinato@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5767

Risk of urban flooding and how to improve computer models for developing urban flood maps
Dr Alma Schellart Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering Civil and Structural Engineering

E: a.schellart@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5765

Integrated water quality modelling, urban rainfall, head recovery
Paul Shaffer PhD Student

E: paul.shaffer@ciria.org

Dr Songdong Shao Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering Civil and Structural Engineering

E: s.shao@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5783

Hydraulic engineering, modelling techniques
Dr Liz Sharp Senior Lecturer Town and Regional Planning

E: l.sharp@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 6941

Water policy, public engagement, adaptation, water governance, flood risk management
Dr Will Shepherd Research Staff Civil and Structural Engineering

E: w.shepherd@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5732

Urban drainage, water quality, flooding, modelling, data analysis, rainfall, GIS, combined sewer overflows (CSO)
Dr James Shucksmith Lecturer Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: j.shucksmith@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5706

Water quality modelling, control systems, urban drainage, surface water environments
Dr Fred Sonnenwald Research Associate Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: f.sonnenwald@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5768

Solute transport modeling, retention time distributions, and computational fluid dynamics modeling
Dr Vanessa Speight Research Fellow Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: v.speight@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5750

Integrated water systems; lead for development of Thought Leadership Clubs 
Ambuj Sriwastava Researcher Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: a.k.sriwastava@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5732

Integrated water quality modelling, climate change, asset management
Dr Dagmara Starczewska Research Associate Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: d.starczewska@sheffield.ac.uk

Water engineering, pressure transients, distribution systems, water infrastructure
Dr Virginia Stovin Reader Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: v.stovin@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5051

Stormwater management; Green Infrastructure, sustainable urban drainage systems
Ahmad Nasaie Bin Md Sukhaimi PhD Research Student Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: cpp12anm@sheffield.ac.uk

Nitrogen cycle, sewer networks
Iftekhar Sunny PhD Research Student Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: izsunny1@sheffield.ac.uk

Hydraulics, water quality modelling, environmental engineering, discoloration management
Charlotte Swain Industry Liaison Manager Faculty of Engineering

E: Charlotte.Swain@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 9728

Faculty of Engineering partnership development
Professor Simon Tait Professor of Water Engineering Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

E: s.tait@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5771

Urban drainage networks, sediments, pollutants, rivers, sensors
Dr Raman Vaidyanathan Senior Lecturer Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: s.vaidyanathan@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 7526

Low power instrumentation design in harsh environments
Moran Wang Post-graduate researcher Chemical and Biological Engineering

E: m.wang@sheffield.ac.uk

Flow modelling, sewer systems, pump control
Dr Hua-Liang Wei Lecturer Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

E: w.hualiang@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 5198

Data based modelling and prediction, data based diagnosis and fault detection, causality analysis
Dr Bridgette Wessels Reader in Digital Sociology Department of Sociological Studies

E: b.wessels@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 6416

Contributes to ways of managing water through using ICT - this could be citizen centered social media use, crowdsourcing as well as organisational use of ICT
Emma Westling Research Associate Town and Regional Planning

E: e.westling@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 28357

Water governance (urban), adaptive management
Dr Aidan While Senior Lecturer Town and Regional Planning

E: a.h.while@sheffield.ac.uk

T: 0114 222 6184

Environmental governance, environmental regulation, environmental policy