Prof.Richard Ashley

University of Sheffield

Richard Ashley is a Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer, Director of EcoFutures Ltd (, Professor of Urban Water & former Managing Director of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funded multi-disciplinary Platform Centre, the Pennine Water Group (PWG) at the University of Sheffield.

He has more than 300 publications in journals, articles, reports and books. He led the urban area flooding aspects of the UK Government’s 2004 Foresight Future Flooding study, the AUDACIOUS project on adapting local drainage to climate change; acted as specialist scientific advisor to the UK Government House of Lords Scientific Committee inquiry into water management, was involved in three UK Government flagship local drainage pilot studies and advised the Government Cabinet Office inquiry into the UK 2007 floods, undertaken by Sir Michael Pitt.

He is involved in 4 current EU projects related to flood resilience, water, sanitation and climate change. He has been a visiting Professor at a number of international Universities and has recently taken up a part-time position at UNESCO IHE, Delft, in Flood Resilience ( and at the University of Bradford in an EU environment framework project adapting water supply and wastewater systems to climate change.

He won the International Water Association’s biennial Prize for Research Excellence in Support of Sustainable Urban Water Management in 2008. His most recent activities are in advising the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering on adapting to climate change in the urban environment; the OECD on flood risk management in the Loire catchment; reviewing the Dutch Room for the River programme; Thames Water on the scope for retrofitting SUDS in London and is engaged in a CIRIA project on retrofitting surface water management. He is in process of being appointed a part-time position as adjunct Professor at Luleå University in Sweden.

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