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Prof David Butler

Professor of Water Engineering


Telephone: 01392 724064

Extension: (Streatham) 4064

David Butler is Professor of Water Engineering at the University of Exeter and an Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Established Career Fellow. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil & structural engineering from Cardiff University, a master’s in public health engineering and a doctorate in environmental engineering both from Imperial College London. He is a chartered civil engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management and the International Water Association. He is Director of the Centre for Water Systems at Exeter, is currently chair of the IWA/IAHR Joint Committee on Urban Drainage and an EPSRC Established Career Fellow.

Research Interests

He specialises in urban water management, including sustainable and resilient water systems, integration and control and water-energy-carbon interactions. David has authored / co-authored over 250 published papers, in addition to 12 books (including an internationally adopted graduate text book on Urban Drainage), published reports and edited conference proceedings. His research has been funded continuously by EPSRC since 1995 including a major multi-disciplinary research project entitled Water Cycle Management for New Developments (WaND). He is co-editor-in-chief of the Urban Water Journal.

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Urban drainage
  • Water and wastewater treatment
  • Urban water management.

Qualifications: BSc MSc DIC PhD CEng CEnv FICE FICIWEM FHEA