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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Dick Fenner is Professor of Engineering Sustainability in Cambridge University's Engineering Department. He set up and led the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development for 18 years from 2002 to 2020. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. His research interests focus on water, sanitation and sustainability issues in both developed and developing countries, with a focus on urban drainage and water industry asset maintenance.

He is currently working on EU and research council funded projects on resilient nexus systems, urban flood resilience, rural water supply in Africa and environmental hazards in Bangladesh. Dick has published over 200 journal papers, book chapters and conference papers and has served on a number of editorial panels for the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Nature Sustainability and Sustainability and also on Steering Groups for the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) and the Building Research Establishment (BRE). He is a Fellow of Wolfson College and serves on the college's Sustainability Committee. He is the recipient of several awards from the ICE including the George Stephenson Gold Medal,
R A Carr Prize (twice: 2007 and 2020) and James Watt Medal, the Senior Moulton Medal from the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a University of Cambridge Pilkington Teaching Prize.


Professor of Engineering Sustainability, Department of Engineering
Dr Richard  Fenner

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impact of climate change on water treatment plant operation
maintenance and rehabilitation of water industry
energy, transport and urban infrastructure
civil engineering
UV disinfection of greywater and recycling
wastewater treatment
sustainable development