• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Green Infrastructure, Nature-based Solutions, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), Urban Flooding, Hydrology, Experimental Design, Rainfall-Runoff, Rainfall Simulators, Lysimeters

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Research interests

Daniel’s research interests can be divided into three core areas:

  1. Monitoring and quantifying the influence of blue-green infrastructure and nature-based solutions to mitigate and attenuate flood risk in urban areas;
  2. Flood risk analysis and resilience assessment, exploring the impact of fluvial and surface water flood events on urban infrastructure;
  3. modelling of urban surface water flooding caused by intense precipitation events using numerical and experimental, rainfall simulator based approaches.


Daniel is an Assistant Professor in Nature-based Solutions based at the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh campus. Prior to working at Heriot-Watt University, Daniel was based at the National Green Infrastructure Facility at Newcastle University, UK working as a PDRA on the EPSRC Urban Green DaMS (Design and Modelling of SuDS) project.

Daniel completed his PhD at Loughborough University, which focused on urban rainfall-runoff responses using physical and numerical modelling approaches. He has worked as a NERC-funded PDRA focusing on emergency responder accessibility during flood events at Loughborough University, as well as a Senior Lecturer in Flood Risk Management at the University of Chester.

Roles & Responsibilities

Core teaching Responsibilities:

Course leader, A18GT - Geography Toolbox (EGIS)
Course leader, A19LL - Living Laboratory (EGIS)
Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor, A10DA/B

PhD Supervision:

Maciej Stetkiewicz (09/22 onwards): Benefits and tradeoffs in NbS (Secondary supervisor w/ Dr. Ian Pattison and Dr. Alan Law)

Aelaf Mulugeta (09/23 onwards): Maximising urban green infrastructure for surface water flood management (Primary supervisor)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

Visiting Professor, National Green Infrastructure Facility, Newcastle University

1 Sept 2022 → …


  • GB Physical geography
  • Hydrology
  • Urban flooding
  • Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Nature-based Solutions
  • Rainfall-runoff
  • Rainfall simulators
  • Bioretention cells
  • Monitoring and assessment

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