School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Caspar Hewett

Lecturer

Background

Caspar Hewett is a lecturer in Computational Hydraulics in School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University and Honorary Fellow of Department of Geography, Durham University. He has over twenty years of research experience in academia, industry and the private sector and has taught and lectured a variety of subjects including mathematics, numerical methods, hydraulics, catchment management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), market research techniques, engineering ethics, philosophy of science, environmental issues and English as a Foreign language. 

Caspar is Director and Chair of The Great Debate, a community organisation that has maintained a space for public debate in the North East since 1998 and provides adult education, documentary-making training for young people and debate workshops for schools. He is Chair of the Community Hubs Network, http://www.communityhubsnetwork.org/ and is a founder member of the Steering Committee of the North East of England's United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (RCE North East), and was Director of NECTER (North East Centre for Transformative Education and Research), the co-ordinating body for RCE North East, 2011-2013.

Caspar was a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Peer Review College July 2005 - 2008 and was a NESTA Crucible Awardee 2006. He has held a series of visiting fellowships at Newcastle University, at the Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability (2006 - 2008) and Sir Joseph Swan Institute for Energy Research (2008-2010). In the past few years he has received a number of invitations both nationally and internationally to speak and teach on interdisciplinary approaches to water resources research including an OECD workshop in Honolulu "Improving the Balance Between Economic Agricultural Production and Environmental Quality through Enhanced Decision Making," 2004; workshop on Catchment Area Management in Istanbul, 2005; visiting fellow at Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at University of Iowa, 2007; invited representative of the Eden catchment at the United Nations HELP (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy) conference in 2007; keynote speaker at Consilium in Queensland, Australia 2012; invited speaker at Battle of Ideas Festival 2005, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2016, invited speaker at  European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Congress 2017.

He has presented his research at international conferences such as EGU General Congress, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting and Hydroinformatics and has convened four Great Debates at EGU General Congress (2010, 2014, 2015, 2016), which last year resulted in an invitation to attend and chair at EGU’s expense. He is a member of EGU and AGU.


Research

Research Interests

Water Resources; Computational Hydraulics; Numerical methods; Sediment transport; Sustainability; The notion of progress

Current Research

Development of physically-based hillslope soil erosion models.

Decision support tools such as the CAVERTI [Communicating and Visualizing Erosion-Associated Risks to Infrastructure] tool  (https://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/research/caverti/) and FARM [Floods and Agriculture Risk Matrix] tool (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/proactive/thefarm/).

Teaching

CEG1501: Fluid Mechanics (15/16) (Module Leader)

CEG8517: Computational Hydraulics (15/16) (Module Leader)

CEG3001: Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3 (15/16)

CEG3004: Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3 (15/16)

CEG3305: Computational Engineering Analysis (15/16)

CEG8506: Hydrosystems Modelling (15/16)

CEG8523: Modelling and Forecasting of Floods (15/16)

Module Geo3117: Sustainable Water Resource Management (2012-2015)

Module Geo3120: Putting a Social Science Degree into Practice (2012)

Publications