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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

Studying at Cambridge


Richard Fenner

Richard Fenner (BSc (Hons) PhD CEng MICE FCIWEM) is Director of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development.

He is a Fellow of Wolfson College.

Tel: 01223 765626


Dr Dick Fenner is a Senior Lecturer in Cambridge University's Engineering Department and is the Course Director for the taught MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Dick's research interests are in the general area of maintenance and rehabilitation of water industry buried infrastructure assets, and also in water and wastewater treatment processes. This has included work on the asset maintenance of sewerage infrastructure, scale laws for hydrodynamic separation, sensor arrays for monitoring sewage odour, and UV disinfection of greywater and recycling for single home use. Recently he has been involved with a consortium of Universities on delivering sustainable water systems by optimising existing buried infrastructure and has been involved in developing a simplified climate impact assessment tool (SCIAT) with particular application in evaluating the impact of climate change on water treatment plant operation. He is the author of over 100 journal publications, book chapters and conference papers on aspects of urban drainage and wastewater quality as well as on engineering education for sustainable development.

Currently he is co-investigator on an industry funded project (Foreseer) examining the inter-relationships between water, land and energy issues with a specific focus on California. He is also working on a research council funded project which is developing sustainability assessments for open cycle thorium fuelled nuclear energy. In addition he is a member of a consortium with colleagues from seven other UK Universities on a recently funded EPSRC project which is evaluating the multiple benefits of flood risk strategies in blue-green cities. He is currently Chair of the Organising Committee for the 6th International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development to be held in Cambridge in September 2013.

He is the recipient of several awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers including the George Stephenson Gold Medal (jointly with Heather Cruickshank, Peter Guthrie and Charles Ainger), the R A Carr Prize and the James Watt Medal.