Dr Charles Rougé

Lecturer in Water Resilience

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5723
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Room: C109B




Evermore sophisticated and complex models guide how our water infrastructure adapts to climate change. How can we be sure they are the best possible guides?

Dr Charles RougÉ


Dr. Charles Rougé completed an engineering degree at France's Ecole Polytechnique near Paris, then his MSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in 2010. He studied his PhD at Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France), then moved into postdoctoral research positions at top institutions in Canada, the UK and the USA, working on diverse water projects ranging from resilience and vulnerability assessments in the Middle-East and the American West, to an appraisal of smart water metering in London.

Charles's research interests revolve around the modelling and analysis of complex water resource systems, to understand how they can be made resilient to change and hazards, and adapt to them. This need to make our water systems more resilient often comes at the expense of increasing vulnerabilities elsewhere.

The objective of Charles’s research is help both public and private actors in our water systems make wise decisions when adapting to a changing world. His numerical modelling and analysis of systems allows for longer-term forecasting and a broader vision of where these systems might fail and how we can work to prevent this. For this, natural systems must be factored alongside essential components of human systems (e.g. infrastructure, institutions, socio-economic aspects, etc.), with several complex models often brought together. Furthermore, these models have often been calibrated one by one to replicate historical behaviours. How can we make sure they can be used together to assess risks in the context of climate change?

To address this, Charles relies on his expertise crossing disciplinary boundaries, bridging water engineering and hydrology with high-scale computing, economics, decision theory, ecology and statistics. He believes that transdisciplinary research and collaboration will be the key to solving the most pressing water challenges our societies face.

Activities and Distinctions

  • 2019 Quentin Martin Best Practice Oriented Paper Award from the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (paper here ).
  • 2015 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing from Water Resources Research
  • Associate Editor, ICE’s Water Management journal
  • Reviewer for top-tier journal over the last five years, including Scientific Reports, Water Resources Research, Environmental Modelling and Software, Advances in Water Resources and several others.
  • Co-chaired sessions at workshops and international conferences (AGU, EGU, iEMSs).

Selected Publications

Journal articles