Professor Joby Boxall FREng (he/him)


Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering

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Professor Joby Boxall FREng
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Room E104a
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

My research protects public health and well-being by ensuring the quantity and quality of our drinking water and the resilience and sustainability of our water supply.

Professor Joby Boxall

Professor Joby Boxall is Chair of Water Infrastructure Engineering.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

He trained as a civil engineer, specialising in hydraulics. His PhD was in mixing and transport of pollutants in natural river channels.

Joby’s research is concerned with urban water (with a focus on water supply, distribution pipe networks in particular), and helps to protect public health and well-being through ensuring the quantity and quality of that supply. His research is challenge driven and involves close collaboration and trusted partnerships across the water sector.

He takes a multidisciplinary approach to ensuring the provision of sustainable water services in the face of global grand challenges such as population growth and increasing density, climate change and ageing infrastructure. Joby’s research focuses on the operation and management of water distribution systems, ranging from leakage, to water quality and asset management.

His core expertise is in hydraulic engineering, but he is known for integration and application of other disciplines to address major challenges. His interdisciplinary work ranges from applied microbiology to computer to social science. His leadership of the EPSRC Water Grand Challenges consortium is a flagship example of this.

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