School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Ian Smout BA Cantab., MSc Reading, CEng, FICE, MIAgrE, MCIWEM

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Ian Smout has worked on water management in developing countries since 1974, comprising 13 years with an international consultancy firm and more than 25 years with Loughborough University. His research and consultancy assignments include fieldwork on water management from an interdisciplinary perspective in 15 developing countries, covering water resources, irrigation, water supply and sanitation, water security and institutional development. He also has considerable experience in planning, management and evaluation of programmes and projects, in capacity development and in dissemination of research to various audiences.

Ian is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications, he has managed many research and consultancy contracts, total value exceeding £3 million, and supervised 17 completed PhD theses.

Ian was the Director of WEDC from 2002 to 2008, responsible for strategic leadership, business planning and management, and the academic and financial performance of the Centre.

In 2008, Ian was elected as a Trustee and Board Member of RedR UK, the international disaster relief charity. He has been Chair of RedR UK since 2010.