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Research interests

Built Environment water supply, water quality, water efficiency, water conservation, active and passive waste water system management; Solar power generation; Energy recovery; Ecological impact of built environment activity, microplastics in waste water; Public Health and drainage system management. Holder of 6 patents through the university.


BA Biochemistry, Open University, 1989. PhD Mathematical Modelling, Heriot Watt University, 1992. Originally a Design Engineer in the defence industry developing chemical treatment and simulation packages for Royal Navy propulsion plant, and joining Heriot Watt University in 1989 as a Research Associate. Continuous research activity in the field of water supply and drainage in the built environment led to a PhD in 1992 and a series of EPSRC funded research grants in the field at national level and publication of national-international level research. Total funding as P.I. or Co.I.: £1.9M. Author of the Recommendations for Secretary of State’s Test Specifications for sanitation Acceptance Tests in 1999. Since 2000, work has also resulted in 6 patents for the university - 4 jointly with other research group members and 2 as sole inventor. Other patents under development. Current research interests include water supply and treatment quality and other environmental consequencies of climate change and adaptation. Currently funded research through EPSRC/UKWIR CASE studentships on consequencies and mitigation of water conservation measures. Current duties include research, postgraduate programme director for Architectural Engineering, Admission Tutor for the postgraduate Building Services Engineering discipline, lecturing. Also active with the Open University as an Associate Lecturer since 1994, teaching all disciplines of 1st year science on S102, S103 and S104.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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