School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Eleanor Starkey

Research Associate



Eleanor has a background in Hydrology (flood risk monitoring, modelling and management) and has both academic and industrial experience. Eleanor completed her BSc, MSc and PhD degrees at Newcastle University and has returned as a Research Associate to join the National Green Infrastructure Facility team. She is involved in testing and demonstrating the impact of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), including a large-scale swale and different leaky barrier designs. This open laboratory is also being used to engage and involve all stakeholders, including the public, and run demonstration open days.

Eleanor’s PhD project enabled her to explore the feasibility, reliability (data quality), value and sustainability of citizen science in catchment science. She worked closely with small rural communities, including Haltwhistle and Acomb. The project stimulated interest and impact on a local to national level. The project also included the high profile ‘kerplunk’ natural flood management scheme.

Key skills and research interests

  • Hydrology - flood risk management
  • Hydrometric monitoring
  • Hydraulic / hydrological modelling
  • Community engagement and involvement (citizen science)
  • Nature-based solutions: green infrastructure and natural flood management
  • Science outreach


PhD Civil Engineering (Newcastle University, 2018). Thesis title: Community-based ('citizen science') monitoring for catchment characterisation, modelling and management.

MSc Hydrology and Climate Change (Newcastle University, 2011) - Distinction

BSc (Hons) Physical Geography (Newcastle University, 2010) - First Class


Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (Graduate member)

British Hydrological Society (BHS)

Previous positions

2017-2019: Flood Modeller and NFM Consultant (Analyst), JBA Consulting, North Yorkshire.

2013-2017: Teaching Assistant & Demonstrator, Newcastle University.

2012-2013: Assistant Environmental Consultant, RAB Consultants, County Durham.

2011-2012: Technical Engineer, Weetwood, Leeds.

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Haltwhistle Burn Citizen Science project:  

National Green Infrastructure Facility: 


I support various water related undergraduate and postgraduate modules through teaching, demonstrating and hands-on fieldwork.