Dr Casper Hewett
Visiting Researcher

  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 334 3481
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 1801
  • Personal Website: http://thegreatdebate.org.uk
  • Address: Dr Caspar J M Hewett
    Room 414
    Geography West Building
    Science Laboratories
    South Road, Durham
    DH1 3LE
    United Kingdom

Caspar Hewett 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. He is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at Durham University and Visiting Researcher at Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability. He 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 also 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 is currently Director of NECTER (North East Centre for Transformative Education and Research), the co-ordinating body for RCE North East.

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; and keynote speaker at Consilium in Queensland, Australia 2012.

Research Interests

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

Module Geo3117: Sustainable Water Resource Management

Module Geo3120: Putting a Social Science Degree into Practice