Sophie Scutt

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research Student

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Sophie Scutt
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

I am a PhD student currently in my second year of study.

Whilst studying at the University of Hull for a degree in Biology I gained insight into water pollution and quality during my dissertation research. This was of real interest to me and I soon realised that this was a hot topic in the realms of environmental science as well as public health. Internships working in industrial labs also gave me experience in how utilities providers work and the role they play on relation to water quality. After finishing my degree these interests combined perfectly and lead to me starting my current position in the Civil and engineering department as a PhD student.

I am also extremely passionate about encouraging young women into STEM subjects and am part of the departmental Gender and LQBTQ+ working group


BSc Biology

Research interests

Research Project: Evaluating the microbial risks of urban flood events

My project , funded by both the EPRSC and NERC focuses on the pathogens present in urban floods, how they behave and interact with urban surfaces and soils and the potential they have to pose a risk to public health after a flood event. This involves a combination of field work, lab work, as well as molecular and DNA analysis. My project is extremely relevant given the current climate crisis and increasing occurrence of extreme weather.

Research group

Water Engineering