Dr James Shucksmith

Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5706
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Email: j.shucksmith@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: F130




A better understanding of our waterways is important to help protect against flooding and the impacts of pollution.

dr james shucksmith


James completed his undergraduate degree and his PhD here in the Department, before joining the academic staff in 2010 after a period as a KTP associate with Yorkshire Water.

James has two overarching research interests; pollution and flooding in both urban and rural environments. He wants to understand how pollutants move and spread through waterways, urban drainage systems and within floodwaters and quantify risks to the environment and/or public health. He is also interested in understanding and mitigating the likely pressures on water management caused by climate change, population growth and asset deterioration. His EPSRC and EU funded work includes experimental-laboratory based research into hydrodynamics of urban flooding using physical scale models and novel measurement techniques as well as catchment scale modelling and monitoring studies of water quality processes.

James has worked with a range of external partners including local water companies, local authorities, the Environment Agency on a number of projects; recent examples include the development of a surface water pesticide concentration warning system with Severn Trent Water, and the development of a low-cost real-time control system for the reduction of urban flooding (CENTAUR). He is also the Sheffield coordinator of the EPSRC STREAM centre for doctoral training.

Activities and Distinctions

  • Coordinator of the STREAM Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Sheffield.
  • Winner of the 2010 SWIG (Sensors for Water Interest Group) early career researchers' prize.
  • Winner of the 2015 Water and Environment Journal ‘Outstanding paper of the year award’

Selected Publications

Journal articles