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James Webber

PhD Researcher (WISE CDT)


James is a member of the ‘Safe and SuRe’ project, which aims to develop a sustainable and resilient system for water management. His current research focuses on developing a decision support tool to manage trade-offs between performance (reliability, resilience), sustainability and cost when scoping flood management interventions. 

James joined us in 2014 as part of the Doctoral Training Program in Water, Informatics, Science and Engineering (WISE). Before joining the university James worked within an engineering consultancy in the fields of asset management, flood risk management and urban water planning. During his time in consultancy James developed and implemented large scale asset flood resilience studies for the UK water industry and worked as part of team in the strategic and detailed design of surface water drainage systems. Prior to this, James completed his BSc in Physical Geography at the University of Reading, where his studies focused on water quality and resources, fieldwork and geomorphology.

Please feel free to send James an email if you see any opportunities for collaboration.



Research topic: 'Developing a Decision Support Tool for managing trade-offs between Reliability, Resilience, Sustainability and Cost when assessing options for Flood Management Interventions'.

Key reserach themes: urban resilience, water industry resilience, infrastructure planning, community resilience, sustainability, flood risk management, climate change adaption and decision support tools.