School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Claire Walsh

SAGE Faculty Research Fellow

Background

Claire is a Senior Research Associate and SAGE Faculty Research Fellow in the Water Group and the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering and Research. She joined the school in 1999 as a PhD student; her thesis, 'Simulation and analysis of river flow regimes: implications for sustainable management of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) under climate change' was funded by NERC and investigated how climate change may affect river flows in the River Eden, Cumbria, and in turn assessed how these projected changes would impact on Atlantic salmon habitat. Prior to this, Claire studied Geography, also at Newcastle University.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Claire_Walsh3

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=KxJao-4AAAAJ&hl=en

Qualifications

PhD Civil Engineering at Newcastle University
BSc (First Class Honours) Geography at Newcastle University

Memberships

British Hydrological Society

Research

Research Interests

Flood risk assessment and management in urban areas

Climate impacts on water resources

Infrastructure business models

Urban agriculture

Hydromorphology 

Funding

UKCRIC - UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure & Cities. ( £9.7M, 2016 - 2021) Researcher Co-I.

NERC Drought resilience in ecosystem services and rural communities in China. (£160k, 2016-2017). Co-I.

EPSRC Preparing for GCRF: Advancing planning of drainage in Low and Middle Income Countries. (£20k, 2016-2017). PI.

EPSRC Prosperity Outcomes: Resilient Nation: Planning and building new tools for climate resilient. (£35k, 2016-2017). PI.

EPSRC. Grand Challenge in Water: Tailored Water to ENsure sustainabiliTY beyond 2065 (£3.9M, 2016-2021). Co-I.

EPSRC. Impact Acceleration Award: Web-service simulation model and tool for flood risk management in urban areas (£80k, 2016-2017). PI.

NERC. Delivering green infrastructure in cities through a new business model. (£30k, 2016-2016). Co-I.

Institute for Sustainability, Newcastle University. BUG: Bio-informing Urban Gardening (£34k, 2015-2016). PI.

Science Central, Newcastle University. MINT Community Action and Knowledge Exchange. (£8k, 2015-2016). Co-I.

Science Central, Newcastle University. SPATIAL: Sparse data acquisition via societal collaboration. (£7k, 2014-2015). PI. 

Workers Education Association. Greening Wingrove Barometer. (£18k, 2013-2017). PI.

EPSRC. Knowledge Transfer Secondment at Newcastle City Council (£70k, 2011-2012).

Other Research Projects

iBUILD (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery). Research programme/Centre Manager and core research fellow; jointly-funded by EPSRC and ESRC. 2013-2017.

Reconciling Adaptation, Mitigation and Sustainable Development for Cities. Named researcher; EU FP7 funded. 2012-2017.

SHOCK Project. Named researcher; EPSRC funded. 2011-2013.

Adaptation and Resilience in Cities: Analysis and Decision making using Integrated Assessment. Research co-ordinator; EPSRC funded. 2009-2012.

Platform Grant on Earth Systems Engineering. Named researcher; EPSRC funded. 2008-2014.

Severe Weather Events Risk and Vulnerability Estimator. Researcher Co-Investigator; EPSRC funded. 2008-2011.

Sustaining Knowledge for a Changing Climate. Core researcher; EPSRC funded. 2006-2008.

Incorporating Climate Change into River Typologies. Core researcher; Environment Agency funded. 2006-2007.

Engineering Cities Project. Named researcher; Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; NERC funded. 2006-2009.

Equivalent Flows for Freshwater Fisheries. Core researcher; Environment Agency funded. 2004-2006.

Sustainable Water Uncertainty, Risk and Vulnerability in Europe. Research assistant; EU FP5 funded. 2003-2004.

Esteem Indicators

  • Awarded Newcastle University's 'Best Environment Research Project' in 2016 (BUG) and 2014 (Cafe Waste).
  • Invited guest speaker and mentor at The National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Institute for Mathematics’ Applied to Geosciences Theme of the Year Workshop on Uncertainty in Climate Change Research: An Integrated Approach, held in Boulder Colorado, August 2012.
  • Guest Editor for a double Special Issue of Hydrology Research, published January 2012.
  • Elected Honorary Secretary of the British Hydrological Society for two terms (2008-2012).
  • Chair of the Organising Committee for the British Hydrological Society six-yearly International Symposium held at Newcastle University, 2010. 
  • Organising committee member for the British Hydrological Society National Symposium, Dundee, 2012.
  • Won a prestigious scholarship to attend Brown University’s International Advanced Research Institute on Climate Change and Water Resources in 2011.
  • 2009 – 2011: Meetings’ Committee Member of the Royal Meteorological Society.
  • 2006 – 2008: Elected Committee Member of the British Hydrological Society.
  • 2004 – 2008: Chair of the Pennines’ Hydrological Group.


Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

CIV 958 Hydroecology
CIV 974 Sustainability and Water Resources
CIV 998 MSc Dissertation supervision

Publications