Dr James Webber

Job: Research Impact Fellow

Employer: University of Exeter

PhD Thesis: Reliable and resilient surface water management through rapid scenario screening

PhD Supervisors: Professors Guangtao Fu and David Butler

James is researching reducing flood risk and increasing resilience in urban catchments. His research has developed a fast flood intervention assessment framework and applied this to academic, industry and government case studies in the UK and Australia. The research focuses on decision support for strategic design of surface water management and applies the University of Exeter CADDIES flood model alongside easy to access data sources to examine cost effectiveness of approaches. He is a member of the ‘Safe and SuRe’ project, which aims to develop a sustainable and resilient system for water management.

As a part of his research, James is collaborating with the University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne Council in a project assessing the performance of surface water flood management in Melbourne city centre.

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. He holds a first class honours in Physical Geography (Reading) and achieved a first class grade in the Water Informatics Postgraduate School (Exeter).

For more information about the Safe&SuRe project, led by Professor David Butler, please see the Safe&SuRe webpages.

Research Interests

  • Urban resilience
  • Sustainable water management
  • Flood risk management
  • Water industry decision support
  • Green infrastructure and SuDS in cities
  • Climate change adaption


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2018 Melbourne Research Poster

2016 Research Poster