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Urbanisation is typically associated with detrimental changes in water resources, including modified flow regimes, reduced water quality, increased sediment transport, and degraded ecosystems. The frequency and intensity of water-related hazards, such as floods, droughts and pollution events, can increase with population growth and climate change, and in turn put greater stress on systems for water treatment, stormwater and sewage treatment.
These changes may have knock-on impacts downstream of urban centres. Reversing degradation to water and other natural resources, whilst meeting the increased demand for ecosystem services, requires significant changes in management practices. This meeting explores aspects of managing freshwater, wastewater and stormwater, in and from urban areas, as components of a basin-wide water resource management plan.
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Departmental Lecturer and Co-Director of the Water Programme
Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
Dustin Garrick is a Departmental Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and Co-Director of its Water Programme. His work focuses at the interface of water and the economy, specialising in political economic analysis of water reallocation and markets as responses to climate change, urbanisation and sustainable development challenges. His work has included extensive field research in Australia, Mexico and the US and been supported by the Australian Research Council, Canadian Research Council, Global Water Partnership, Fulbright Commission, OECD and World Bank.
Senior Water Specialist
Pete Harrison is a chartered hydrologist with experience working for engineering consultancies in the water industry for both private and public sector clients. During that time, he specialised in hydraulic modelling for flood risk management projects and flow estimation hydrological analysis. More recently Pete has joined Landell Mills, an international development project management consultancy, as a technical project manager working on water projects in South Asia.
Regional Director – Sustainable Development
Keen to deliver city resilience through high quality urban design, Michael Henderson has been influential in highlighting the benefits of using green space in urban areas to manage storm water and overheating through a series of studies for the UK Technology Strategy Board, the EU Climate-KIC funded Blue Green Dream and through CIRIA's drive for more Water Sensitive Urban Design.
He has provided expert advice on water and green infrastructure for the London Assembly Planning Committee in relation to London's 2050 Draft Infrastructure Plan and sits on the Greater London Authorities Green Infrastructure Task Force advisory panel. He is a regular presenter of CDP accredited events including for the RTPI and Landscape Institute, was selected for the UK GBC's inaugural Future Leaders programme and was recently named by Building Magazine as one of the 'rising stars of sustainability'.
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Melinda Davies is a Chartered Professional Engineer with qualifications in civil and environmental engineering, ecology and water resources management. She has worked in a range of consulting roles across the Australian and UK water industries, undertaking assessment studies, hydraulic analysis, infrastructure design and project delivery for private sector, government and utility clients. Melinda has experience across numerous aspects of the urban water cycle, including flood risk analysis and potable, stormwater and wastewater collection, treatment, recycling, and distribution; ranging from strategic level assessment, through feasibility, options, concept and detailed levels of project development.
Senior Lecturer in Urban Water Management
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Imperial College London
Ana Mijic has a first class degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Before commencing her MSc, Ana worked at the same University as a teaching assistant in Fluid Mechanics and Hydrometry. She obtained a masters degree with distinction in Hydrology for Environmental Management from Imperial College London in 2009 and a PhD in Earth Science and Engineering from the same university in 2013. Ana's research interests are focused on integrated modelling and full-scale experiments to develop water management strategies for sustainable development.
Ana is leading the IAHS Panta Rhei programme Working Group on Energy and Food Impacts on Water. She is also leading the Imperial College London initiative, together with the British Geological Survey, University of Birmingham and Atkins, through the Centre for Research and Innovation, to address the issue of groundwater infiltration into urban infrastructure.
Senior Water Quality Modeller
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Mike Hutchins specialises in water quality modelling and has over 20 years' research experience. Holding a degree in Geochemistry and a PhD in Upland Catchment Hydrochemistry, he is author of over 45 peer-reviewed publications. His research focuses mainly on two areas, diffuse pollution and in-river processes, and understanding their effects in large river basins. In particular he is interested in identifying how nutrients interact with other factors controlling phytoplankton and dissolved oxygen dynamics. The majority of his research is focused towards providing support to policies implementing environmental legislation. He has extensive experience of working with academics, policy-makers and consultants. Recently he was lead-PI on a 3-year NERC Changing Water Cycle project "Changes in urbanisation and its effects on water quantity and quality from local to regional scale" (POLLCURB).
University of Nottingham
Shaun Maskrey is an early career researcher working in the area of Urban Flood Resilience. His current post involves coordinating the consortium's research activities, as well as leading on aspects of stakeholder engagement. His research interests include stakeholder involvement, participatory modelling and knowledge coproduction, specifically where these can be employed to support flood risk decision-making at the community scale.
School of Environmental Science, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool
Before embarking on an academic career Thea Wingfield began her professional life initially with an engineering consultancy before moving to work at the Environment Agency for a number of years as a hydrologist and water resources planner. She was drawn back into academia through her interest in the integration of scientific evidence into policy and practice with a particular interest in the water environment both in the UK and overseas. She has research experience in as diverse settings as Uganda, Laos PDR, The Amazon, Peru and Lancashire and North Yorkshire. Her PhD, alongside her research partners the Ribble Rivers Trust, investigates the delivery of Natural Flood Management through a transdisciplinary approach to investigate the challenges from a scientific, policy and practitioners point of view.