Water Environment and Health Engineering Group

The group has a well-established research capability in developing, implementing and managing innovative solutions and interventions for the protection of the environment and public health.


A diverse multidisciplinary research group team with background expertise in civil engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, microbiology/virology/zoology, public health and mathematics.

Sustainable Development underpins our research activities in order to tackle today’s global challenges as recognised by our World Health Organisation (WHO) research collaborating centre status. Further information regarding the group activities can be found at Centre of Environmental and Health Engineering and ROBENS Research Centres.

Group research themes

  • Advanced water and wastewater treatment and resource recovery/reuse (water- energy-materials)
  • Fate and behaviour of contaminants-including emerging ones- in the environment
  • Water, sanitation and public health (WASH) in the developing world
  • Recreational water quality; risk assessment and management
  • Remote sensing, catchment surveillance, water resources management, risks and extreme weather in the context of climate change and resilience
  • Urban pollution and health in cities and megacities.

Funded opportunity

We have a new studentship that is offering a student a 3 year duration with £14,057 per annum in funding from the NERC. The studentship is to look at the impact of risk assessments for small water supplies in low income countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Barry Lloyd Queen's Anniversary Prize


Head of Water & Environmental Engineering and MSc Course Director - Dr Sabeha Ouki.

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Surrey