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WIRC @ Bath comprises 12 core members on its management board from varied disciplines, uniting under the umbrella of water research. These members include academics at the forefront of their field and leading on groundbreaking projects in water research.

In addition to core staff, the Centre will involve 36 affiliated academic members from across the University who have water related interests.

Professor Jan Hofman

Jan Hofman

Director of WIRC @ Bath, Department of Chemical Engineering

Jan Hofman is a Professor of Water Science and Engineering with expertise in water and wastewater treatment, and water quality. He has spent 25 years working in water treatment research at Kiwa, WAternet (Amsterdam Water Supply) and KWR Watercycle Research Institute.  

Jan's research focuses on creating sustainable solutions in the water cycle, including removing pharmaceutical contaminants in water, thermal energy recovery from water and nanotechnology application for water treatment.  He has extensive experience in water treatment processes such as sand filtration, activated carbon filtration, ozonation, UV, membranes and softening.

Dr Tom Arnot

Tom Arnot

Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Tom Arnot's research covers sustainable water and wastewater treatment and is related to renewable energy generation through anaerobic digestion of waste biosolids. He is involved in the development of membrane technology and membrane bioreactor systems (MBRs) for the treatment of municipal and industrial waste water streams, carrying out demonstration projects in North Africa and the Middle East region.

He played a key role in setting up the joint venture between the University and Wessex Water, which has led to the launch of the Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC) @ Bath, and will fund interdisciplinary research in water at the University.

Tom is also co-director of the newly funded EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Water Informatics: Science & Engineering (WISE), joint with the universities of Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.

Dr Ian Walker

ian-walker-28991-00054Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology

Dr Ian Walker is the HSS Associate Dean (Research) and the Director of Studies for MRes Sustainable Futures. His research interests include Environmental behaviours, particularly travel choices, energy, consumption and water consumption, and traffic safety, particularly for vulnerable road users

Dr Ízaro López García

Ízaro López García

Business Development Manager, Research & Innovation Services (RIS)

Dr Ízaro López García is a Business Development Manager in the Research and Innovation Services (RIS) office at the University of Bath. He will provide important research support, including guidance on contracts and funding, to the management board.

Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern

Barbara kasprzyk-hordern

Professor, Department of Chemistry

Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern’s principal interests fall into the three inter-related research areas of environmental, analytical and water science. She is particularly interested in water pollution and novel technologies used to decrease contamination of water such as urban water and human disease epidemiology.

Barbara heads up the Environmental Chemistry group, which carries out research in water science in relation to water pollution, drinking water and wastewater treatment. She is also the coordinator of SEWPROF, a €4.2 million research project to develop new technology for public health monitoring; the theme leader for Water in the EPSRC CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies; and is on the steering group of the NERC GW4+ DTP in Environmental Sciences.

Barbara has active collaborations across Europe including governmental/private institutes, universities and the industrial water sector.

Dr Ana Lanham

Ana Lanham

Lecturer in Water Science and Engineering

Dr Ana Lanham has developed a strong background in environmental microbiology and biotechnology in particular in terms of biological wastewater treatment, bio-reactors, bioremediation and biopolymers. Her research interests lie in using environmental biotechnology and microbial ecology concepts for the improvement and development of biological wastewater treatment processes to maximise the opportunities for waste and in particular wastewater to produce value, in particular through nutrient removal and recovery.

She is also interested in using systems-thinking approaches in the development of frameworks for the integration of the water cycle across different sectors, so as to identify new opportunities for resource minimisation and recovery. Additionally, due to her experience with the European Commission, Ana is keen in the development and assessment of innovative water technologies, in particular having been involved in the implementation and development of the Environmental Technology verification pilot programme.

Professor Tim Mays

Tim Mays

Head of Department, Chemical Engineering

Professor Tim Mays's research explores the use of new porous materials in sustainable engineering applications, with a particular focus on researching nanoporous materials to store hydrogen as an energy carrier in fuel-cell vehicles and for the management of intermittent renewable electricity.

Tim is also the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE) and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies.

Dr Marcelle McManus

Dr Marcelle McManus

Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr Marcelle McManus is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Sustainable Energy Research Team (SERT). She is an environmental scientist whose research covers determining the environmental impact of different engineering options, with particular regard to renewable energy systems, primarily bioenergy.

Her other research interested include process and product development through the use of LCA, environmental law, the improvement of supply chains through the use of LCA and the issues of uncertainty and methodology of LCA.

Dr Roy Maconachie

Roy Maconachie

Reader, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

Dr Roy Maconachie conducts applied interdisciplinary research that focuses on understanding the complex, diverse and socially embedded livelihoods of men, women and youth in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of rapid agrarian change.

A key component of this work focuses on access to water resources, the governance and management of water resources, and sustainable water use in food production.

He is an active member of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), where a central theme of interest concerns work on environment and sustainability, and is working with multidisciplinary research teamsacross the University to explore a range of emerging environment-development themes, including water resources.

Professor Rod Scott

Professor Rod Scott

Head of Department, Biology & Biochemistry

Professor Rod Scott research focuses on the molecular genetics of higher plant reproduction, particularly seed development and algal biotechnology.

The large-scale culture of algae could help capture harmful CO2 to combat climate change and to clean wastewater, reducing environmental damage from sewage treatment; however, before algae can realise this potential a number of technical challenges must be overcome to bring down the cost of production to levels competitive with existing and well-established alternatives.

Dr Svenja Tams


Lecturer, School of Management

Dr Svenja Tams's studies individual action and learning across organisational boundaries, such as learning communities and collaborative innovation. She is particularly interested in how to engage diverse groups in developing responses to sustainability and social challenges.

As a member of WIRC, Svenja leads a Knowledge Exchange Project with Wessex Water, adopting a collaborative innovation approach to explore how to engage customers, communities and other stakeholders in sustainable water consumption and resilience.

Dr Jannis Wenk

Jannis Wenk

Lecturer in Water Science & Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Jannis Wenk's research expertise is in aquatic oxidation processes. As a member of WIRC, Jannis will build on this research in relation to water treatment, focusing on key aspects of oxidative processes with other treatment processes, integration of oxidative processes into existing water treatment schemes and process design for oxidative waste water treatment applications for both chemical contaminant and pathogen removal.

Jannis is also interested in understanding and improving the performance of natural water treatment systems such as constructed wetlands, reed beds and riverbanks.

Dr Jun Zang

Jun Zang

Reader, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering

 Dr Jun Zang's research concerns the hydrodynamic loadings on urban, coastal and offshore structures and the impact of extreme events on such structures.

She is the Director of the research unit for Water, Environment and Infrastructure Resilience (WEIR), a leading group in developing and using advanced CFD tools in modelling fluid-structure interactions, urban and coastal flooding, and violent wave impact on coastal and offshore structures.

Jun is currently the Bath Principal Investigator for four EPSRC projects on predicting extreme wave loading on offshore structures and exploring the science and engineering required to ensure that marine renewable energy devices survive extreme conditions.

Michael Norton MBE

Michael_NortonVisiting Senior Industrial Fellow

Michael Norton MBE has over 40 years of professional experience in the fields of water resources, urban water, and the environment. He has wide international experience and has worked on over 100 projects in more than 20 countries. He has led major water studies and projects in Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia. Michael is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (and former Chair of the Water Expert Panel) and Fellow of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. He has served as Professor Associate at Brunel University, Chair of Programme Advisory Committee at Cranfield University School of Water Science, and Visiting Lecturer at Oxford University School of Geography. He worked with the World Economic Forum’s Water Initiative from 2008 to 2011 and was Chair of the Water Security Programme Advisory Group of the Natural Environment Research Council. After 30 years in senior roles at Halcrow (now Ch2MHill) and Amec Foster Wheeler, Michael now runs his own specialist company Michael Norton Water Consultancy. He was awarded the MBE by the Queen in 2009 in recognition of his services to water and to international trade.

Michael’s current projects include specialist technical advice to the Inter American Development Bank and International Financing Corporation relating to major wastewater treatment plants in Panama and Serbia, and a master plan for urban drainage for the city of Montevideo in Uruguay.

Professor Kees van Leeuwen

Kees van LeeuwenDavid Parkin Visiting Professor

Kees van Leeuwen is Principal Scientist at KWR Watercycle Research Institute and holds a Chair at the Copernicus Institute (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands) on water management and urban development. He currently coordinates the City Blueprint Action Group of EIP Water. He is also Emeritus Professor in Risk Assessment of Chemicals and former Director of the Institute of Health and Consumer Protection at the European Commission (JRC Italy). Between 1980 and 2001 he worked at three different Dutch Ministries on water, health and the environment. His fields of expertise are ecology, toxicology, risk assessment, chemicals, pesticides, animal alternatives (intelligent testing strategies) and urban water managment.

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Dr Sarah Eliot

Sarah Eliot

Operations Coordinator for WIRC @ Bath

Dr Sarah Eliot is a Research Project Coordinator in the Research & Innovations Service (RIS). She is the Operations Coordinator for WIRC @ Bath and provides project and administrative support for the Centre.


Academic, role and Department Research area
Dr Kemi Adeyeye, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture
Dr Ivan Astin, Lecturer, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Radar and satellite tracking of water in the environment
Dr Michael Bird, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering Water recovery in food processes, and membrane technology
Professor Tim Birks, Professor, Department of Physics Detection of Cryptosporidium in water supply systems
Dr Chris Blenkinsopp, Architecture & Civil Engineering Coastal processes
Dr Philippe Blondel, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics Remote sensing in water systems and acoustic sensing of algae
Dr Richard Bowman, Prize Fellow & Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellow Sensors & data
Dr Robert Branston, Lecturer, School of Management Regulation and governance of utility companies
Dr Lee Bryant, Prize Fellow, Architecture & Civil Engineering Component dynamics and management in water quality
Dr John Chew, Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering Green cleaning and membrane fouling
Dr Chris Chuck, Whorrod Research Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering Biofuels via waste water treatment using algae or yeast
Professor Jonathan Dawes, Department of Mathematical Sciences Modelling of human disease epidemiology, modelling of complex water flow
Dr Joe Devine, Head of Department, Department of Social & Policy Sciences Water policy and developing countries
Dr Pedro Estrela, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Sensors for water quality
Professor Michael Finus, Head of Department, Department of Economics Environmental economics and behaviour
Professor Christopher Frost, Department of Chemistry Sensors for water quality
Professor Axel Goodbody, Professor, Department of PoLIS Public perception of environmental risk
Professor Steve Gough, Professor, Department of Education Education, environment and society
Dr Alistair Hunt, Economics Economics of water and the food/fuel/water conflict
Dr Alan Hunter, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering Acoustics, signal processing, imaging, and machine intelligence
Dr Thomas Kjeldsen, Senior Lecturer, Architecture & Civil Engineering Modelling of extreme events including flooding
Professor David Leak, Department of Biology & Biochemistry Bioenergy, renewable feedstocks, anaerobic digestion
Dr Mirella di Lorenzo, Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering Bioenergy generation and water quality monitoring via microbial fuel cells
Dr Tim Mays, Head of Department, Chemical Engineering Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment (I-SEE)
Professor Frank Marken, Department of Chemistry Sensors for water quality
Dr Jaime Martinez-Urtaza, Reader, Department of Biology and Biochemistry Water borne disease: remote sensing and epidemiology
Dr Ruth Massey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology & Biochemistry Antibiotic resistance, and the role of water in its transmission
Dr Davide Mattia, Reader, Department of Chemical Engineering Novel membrane technologies
Dr Pawel Plucinski, Reader, Department of Chemical Engineering Nano-structured ion exchangers for water desalination
Dr Linda Newnes, Reader, Department of Mechanical Engineering Through life costing
Dr Lucy O’Shea, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics Environmental regulation, behavioural economics, waste management and recycling
Professor Philip Salmon, Department of Physics Deep aquifer storage of CO2
Dr Sheila Samsatli, Prize Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering  
Professor Robert Scheichl, Department of Mathematical Sciences Modelling of water movement in complex porous systems
Dr Danielle Wain, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering Environmental fluid dynamics
Dr Robert Watson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Satellite and radar based tracking of water in the environment