Dr James Shucksmith

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


MEng (Hons), PhD


James joined the academic staff in 2010 after a period as a KTP associate. His primary research focus is the physical processes that drive water quality transformations within urban drainage and surface water environments. This includes developing techniques for understanding and mitigating the likely pressures on water management caused by climate change, population growth and asset deterioration. His work ranges from experimental based research into solute mixing processes within open channels, vegetated flows and urban flood waters to more applied work in collaboration with industry on integrated water quality modelling and real time control systems. In collaboration with colleagues James also works in fields such as eco-hydraulics, urban flooding and sustainable urban drainage systems.

Activities and Distinctions

Recent Grants

  • 2014 – 2017 “Experimental and numerical investigation of pluvial flood flows and pollutant transport“, funded by EPSRC, £699,000. Investigators at Sheffield - James Shucksmith (PI) Georges Kesserwani, Wernher Brevis.
  • 2014 - 2022 “EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineering for the Water Sector (STREAM CDT)”, funded by EPSRC, £3.5Million. Investigators - Paul Jeffery (PI, University of Cranfield), James Shucksmith, Dragan Savic (University of Exeter), Jamie Amezaga (University of Newcastle), Mike Templeton (Imperial College).
  • 2014-2018 “Quantifying Uncertainty in Integrated Catchment Systems (QUICS)”, funded by EU FP7 (Marie Curie ITN), €4Million. Investigators at Sheffield - Alma Schellart (PI), James Shucksmith, Simon Tait.
  • 2014-2017 “Real-time surface water abstraction management”, funded by Severn Trent Water via a STREAM EngD Project, £40,000. Investigators - James Shucksmith.
  • 2013-2015 “The Use of Vegetation to Engineer Rivers for Water Quality and Ecological Status”, funded by EPSRC First Grant Scheme, £125,000. Investigators - James Shucksmith.
  • 2013-2016 “Towards dynamic wastewater discharge management: Real time river quality modelling”, funded by Scottish Water via a STREAM EngD Project, £48,000. Investigators - James Shucksmith.

Journal articles