Prof. Simon Tait

Simon Tait

Professor of Water Engineering

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5771
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Room: C109


PhD (University of Aberdeen), BSc(Eng) (University of Aberdeen)


Simon's primary research focus is on the processes associated with erosion, transportation and deposition of sediment in river and urban drainage systems, with a strong emphasis on fundamental flow and grain processes. Linked to this theme is his work in turbulence and free surface wave dynamics associated with flows over rough, water worked sediment deposits. His secondary interests are in applying and developing improved measurement and management methodologies to allow urban water infrastructure systems to cope better with pressures caused by climate change, changing patterns of use and physical deterioration. Current work also includes the study of energy use and recovery in urban water systems.

Activities and Distinctions

  • Chair of the IWA Working Group in Data and Models
  • Guest Professor – Sichuan University (2013-2016)


  • 2013-2017 HYTECH – Hydrodynamic Transport in Ecologically Critical Interfaces – Lead partner University of Padua, funded by ERA, €596,000, investigators at Sheffield, Simon Tait and Songdong Shao.
  • 2011-2014 Innovative Energy Recovery Strategies in the Urban Water Cycle INEERS – Lead Partner WGS, funded by EU Interreg, €282,500, investigators Simon Tait, Alma Schellart, Mostafa Mohamad (Univ of Bradford), Rob Pheasant (Univ of Bradford)
  • 2011-2015 Pennine Water Group: Water Systems for a Changing World, funded by EPSRC, £1,201,728, investigators Adrian Saul, Joby Boxall, Catherine Biggs, Simon Tait, Kirill Horoshenkov, Liz Sharp.
  • 2010-2014 PREPARED – adapting to climate change – Lead Partner KWR, funded by EU FR7, £316,000, investigators Simon Tait, Liz Sharp

Selected publications

Journal articles