School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering



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Brian is a lecturer in water and sanitation for low-income countries, teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development levels. He is particularly interested in holistic and multidisciplinary aspects of water and sanitation and this is reflected in the wide range of subjects he teaches, from making concrete to gender aspects of engineering projects, and the book he edited on 'Infrastructure for All'. As a Chartered Environmentalist, Brian teaches modules on Environmental Assessment and Integrated Water Resource Management, as well as contributing to many other modules. In terms of research, areas of interest relate to the 'gaps and overlaps' between more traditional topics, such as management of water and sanitation facilities in emergencies, the institutional aspects of urban drainage or how engineers can contribute to development. Research and teaching are brought together in his work on capacity building - looking at who needs the skills required for delivering sustainable services and how these skills can be developed. On a lighter note, Brian is collecting examples of water pots and latrine slabs from around the world which leads to interesting conversations at airports!

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers 
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Chartered Environmentalist
  • Chartered Water and Environmental Manager
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy