Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Water Environment and Health Engineering Group

One of the great contributions of engineers to civilisation is the supply of clean water to homes, recreation, businesses and industry, and the safe and sanitary disposal of liquid effluents (wastewater) there from. The science and engineering of this activity involves mathematics, computing, biology, chemistry and physics. 

You will find further information on the themed research centres within this group listed below:


Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering

Members:  Professor B LloydDr S OukiMrs C JonesDr Devendra SarojDr Kathy PondDr Steve PedleyDr Prashant KumarDr Belen Marti-Cardona

The Centre for Environmental and Health Engineering (CEHE) is a research centre with international expertise which undertakes research projects covering the entire water cycle. These encompass water resources surveillance, modelling and management, water treatment, supply and regulation, wastewater treatment, disposal and safe reuse, and pollution control and waste management.

These themes are also covered within CEHE’s highly successful taught programme (MSc, PG Diploma) in Water and Environmental Engineering, which attracts students from all over the world, as well as professionals from the UK water industry and environment sectors. Research projects are completed by the MSc students as an integral element of the programme, often on a collaborative basis with industry.

CEHE is a designated World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for the Protection of Water Quality and Human Health (with the Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health), and is part of the UNICEF WASH cluster group of relief agencies as a centre of excellence in water and sanitation. CEHE provides support to overseas governments through international agencies (WHO, PAHO) and relief organisations (such as Oxfam and MSF). Research and training projects have been completed by CEHE staff in at least 45 countries. Strong contacts are also maintained with UK and European water utilities (notably Thames Water, Southern Water and Stadtwerke Karlsruhe).

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The Centre's major research interests include:

  • Water treatment
  • Water supply surveillance & quality control
  • Wastewater treatment and disposal
  • Sanitation
  • Pollution control and waste management
  • Surface water sources and storage
  • Environmental surveillance (GIS, Remote Surveillance, Biotic Monitoring)
  • Numerical simulation of flow mechanisms in river systems
  • Hydrodynamic modelling of mass transport and circulation in lakes, open seas and lagoons

Collaborative Research
A number of collaborative PhD's are currently being undertaken by postgraduate students both in the UK and in the developing world. In addition, six of the new Engineering Doctorates (EngD) in Environmental Technology are being supervised from within the Centre. The EngD Scheme is being jointly operated with Brunel University and provides for a Research Engineer to complete a 4 year programme of research for an Industrial Sponsor, in essence it seeks to produce "the Doctorates that Industry requires".


Director of CEHE
Dr Sabeha Ouki 

Academic Staff

Research Staff
Mrs Caryn Jones

Emeritus Professor
Professor Barry Lloyd

Visiting Staff
Professor Jeni Colbourne MBE, Chief Drinking Water Inspector, DWI
Professor Matthias Maier, Stadtwerke Karlsruhe
Professor Paul Sherlock, (formerly of Oxfam and Coordinator of Water and Sanitation Emergencies, UNICEF)



Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health

MembersDr Kathy PondDr Steve PedleyKali Johal

The Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health (RCPEH) was created on August 1, 1997, from the Environmental Health Division of the former Robens Institute, which had been in existence since 1985. The aim of the RCPEH is to increase our understanding of the complex ways in which water exerts impacts on human health. We achieve this aim through research, training, and the provision of services.

The RCPEH has a strong research profile in the area of water quality and human health, with funding received directly, and through collaborations, from the NERC, EPSRC, DFID, Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, SPLASH Consortium, the UK technology Strategy Board, European Union, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Leverhulme Trust, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the UK Environment Agency, and the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The outputs from these projects have provided support to UK Government agencies and to UN organizations, as well as Government agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in many developing countries.

The Centre has extensive expertise in the scientific and management aspects of water and environmental monitoring and assessment. It plays an active role in the promotion of improved monitoring of resources in the UK and overseas. A significant part of the work of the Centre is aiding capacity building for water quality monitoring and assessment.  The type of activity ranges from the provision of bespoke in-country training to small NGOs to the design, equipping and management of national water quality analysis laboratories.  The Centre also provides services to the UK building services and water industry through its analytical laboratory, which is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 17025:2005.

Together with the Centre for Environmental Health and Engineering, the RCPEH is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for the Protection of Water Quality and Human Health.

Water and Environmental Monitoring and Management

The RCPEH is able to respond to the growing need to safeguard the natural, rural and urban environments by identifying environmental problems and providing solutions by the application of objective science, research and training. The Centre has extensive expertise in scientific and management aspects of water and environmental monitoring and assessment. It plays an active role in the promotion of improved monitoring of resources in the UK and overseas. This has included assistance in the development of national capacity for resource management.

Providing Expert Advice

The RCPEH has considerable experience in the areas of surface water quality monitoring, recreational water quality monitoring, coastal management, and groundwater quality monitoring. We have provided expert advice to a number of agencies, including the World Health Organisation and other UN Agencies, and national governments on the setting of appropriate standards for drinking water, recreational water and effluent quality. The Centre is active in the Global Environmental Monitoring System for Water (GEMS/Water), with support from UNEP, UNESCO, WHO and WMO.

Contact us

Phone:  (01483) 68 9209 

Fax:  (01483) 68 9971