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Dr Leon Kapetas

Dr Leon Kapetas MSc, PhD

Dr Leon Kapetas is a Research Associate at the Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering. His research interests lie in the investigation and quantification of the underlying connections of the different components of resilient water systems. In particular, he focuses on aspects of urban flood management which sees stormwater as a valuable resource and he develops methods for determining which is the most appropriate mix of blue-green and grey urban drainage infrastructure options.

Leon holds a Master’s degree in hydrology from Imperial College London and earned his PhD at the University of Edinburgh researching the reactive co-transport of microorganisms and heavy metals in the subsurface.

Leon has worked in different research and consulting roles across different countries. He has worked as an urban resilience consultant for the “100 Resilient Cities” in Greece focusing on challenges in the areas of the natural and built environment. As a hydrogeologist in Peru he developed GIS-based groundwater flow and reactive transport models for aquifers in mining environments to support decision making in integrated water resource management. He has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher on multi-phase subsurface flow problems at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Leon Kapetas

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