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Department of Civil Engineering

Dr Geoffrey Parker


My name is Dr. Geoffrey T. Parker, and I am the Senior Lecturer of Water Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University, which I joined in 2016.

I received my doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada, in 2009. I also have a M.A.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering.

From 2009-2016 I was a Senior Fellow in Water Resources at the University of Cambridge , where my post was endowed by a US $1M grant, and where I first established my research group as Principal Investigator. I was elected twice as a Fellow of Churchill College and once as a Fellow of Murray Edwards College.

I have been a contributor and named researcher on several major grants, including the successful 2014 (~ £4.5M) award for the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Future Infrastructure and the Built Environment (FIBE) funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). I have received project funding from both research councils and industry, with whom I have frequently collaborated.

My research outputs were ranked as 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent' in the latest UK Research Excellence ranking (REF2014), with significant impact and real-world application. Interest in my group's work extends outside traditional engineering forums, and has yielded partnerships with organisations such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Since 2016 at LJMU I have led the following modules:
    4302CIVH Hydraulics Group Project
    5204CIV Water Engineering
    6107BEUG Engineering Research Project
    6006UGSL Engineering Research Project
    6123BEUG River, Coastal and Groundwater Engineering
    6200CIV Advanced Materials and River and Coastal Engineering
    7006BEPG Water & Wastewater Engineering

I have also been Co-Lecturer on:
    4206CIV Design and Skills Project
    6200CIV Advanced Materials, River and Coastal Engineering
    6205CIV Engineering Research Project
    7106BEUG Finite Element Analysis

I have also been Programme Leader of the B.Sc. Civil Engineering.

Previously, I led modules on Environmental Engineering at Cambridge University, particularly on the world-leading Engineering for Sustainable Development M.Phil. programme. Other teaching at the M.Phil level was as part of the Laing-O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering Management and Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment Programme. I taught on the M.Eng. Research Project module and also on the Surveying Field School. I have also visited as Asst. Professor at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE on five occasions, and previously acted as a sessional lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

I am also the author/editor of several textbooks, including the one linked below from Springer's "Applied Environmental Science and Engineering for a Sustainable Future" series.

I have helped to start two successful engineering consultancies, one of which is now a division of Calian Group Ltd. Typically my clients have been international industry and government clients in sectors including national defence (e.g. DND), the agricultural sector (e.g. AGCAN), finance (e.g. EBRD), energy (e.g. IAEA and ESKOM) and traditional engineering firms (e.g. BOSCH, CDM, WRc Plc., Mott Macdonald, Buro Happold, etc.). I continue to consult on projects I find interesting and impactful.




2009, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Senior Research Associate
2009, University of Ottawa, Canada, Ph.D.
University of Ottawa, Canada, M.A.Sc.
University of Ottawa, Canada, B.A.Sc.

Academic appointments

Visiting Associate Professor (Recurring), Civil Engineering, American University of Sharjah, 2010 - 2014
Prinicipal Investigator and Sharjah Fellow in the Field of Water Resources, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2009 - 2016
Sessional Lecturer, Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa, 2008 - 2009



Jegatheesan V, Goonetilleke A, Leeuwen JV, Kandasamy J, Warner D, Myers B, Bhuiyan M, Spence K, Parker G. 2019. Urban Stormwater and Flood Management Enhancing the Liveability of Cities Springer 9783030118174

Parker GT. 2016. Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications CRC Press 978-1466596924 Publisher Url

Journal article

Maani MS, Atabay S, Parker GT, Ahmed A. 2016. Investigation of infiltration rates under different experimental conditions International Journal of Sustainable Society, 8 :153-168 DOI

Khan A, Richards KS, Parker GT, McRobie A, Mukhopadhyay B. 2014. How large is the Upper Indus Basin? The pitfalls of auto-delineation using DEMs Journal of Hydrology, 509 :442-453 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Parker GT, Droste RL, Rennie CD. 2013. Coupling model uncertainty for coupled rainfall/runoff and surface water quality models in river problems Ecohydrology, 6 :845-851 DOI Author Url

Geoffrey T P, Colin D R, Ronald L D. 2011. Model structure and uncertainty for stochastic non-point source modelling applications Hydrological Sciences Journal, 56 :870-882 DOI Author Url

Parker GT, Rennie CD, Droste RL. 2011. Model structure and uncertainty for stochastic non-point source modelling applications Hydrological Sciences Journal, 56 :870-882 DOI

Parker G, Droste RL, Narbaitz RM. 2005. Modular risk modeling and management of water infrastructure disaster incidents Proceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, 2005 :FR-182-1-FR-182-10-FR-182-1-FR-182-10

Jeffers RS, Parker GT. Development, description and validation of a Tritium Environmental Release Model (TERM) Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 127 :95-104 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Parker GT, Droste RL, Rennie CD. Coupling model uncertainty for coupled rainfall/runoff and surface water quality models in river problems Ecohydrology,

Parker GT. On the effect of scaling conceptual model complexity on stochastic response for water quality modeling Water Science and Technology, 63 :360-366 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Parker GT. QualViz: a tool for visual representation of water quality models Water Science and Technology, 63 :171-177 DOI Author Url

Parker GT, Droste RL, Rennie CD. Stochastic calibration of riverine water quality models Water Environment Research, 82 :99-108 DOI Author Url

Parker GT, Droste RL, Rennie CD. An objective test of stochastic behavior in riverine water quality models Water Science and Technology, 59 :159-165 DOI Author Url

Parker GT, Droste RL, Kennedy KJ. Modeling the effect of agricultural best management practices on water quality under various climatic scenarios Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 7 :9-19 DOI Author Url

Conference publication

Khan A, Richards K, Parker GT, McRobie A, Booij MJ, Duan Z, Naz BS, Lee J, Khan M. 2015. Spatial and altitudinal variation of precipitation and the correction of gridded precipitation datasets for the Upper Indus Basin and the Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalaya, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015 17 Publisher Url

Khan A, Richards K, Parker G, McRobie A, Booij M. 2015. Impact of warming climate on the monsoon and water resources of a western Himalayan watershed in the Upper Indus Basin, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015 17 Publisher Url

Parker GT, Rennie CD. Changes in deconvoluted baseflow rates in Canada Proceedings of 33rd IAHR Congress: Water Engineering for a Sustainable Environment (2009), 33rd IAHR Congress: Water Engineering for a Sustainable Environment

Parker GT, Droste RL, Narbaitz RN. Modular risk modeling and management of water infrastructure disaster incidents 33rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering 2005: Gateway to Excellence, 33rd Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 3 :1851-1860

Parker GT, Droste RL, Rennie CD. A GLUE approach towards water quality model construction 42nd Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research

Parker GT. Dose consequence assessment of a radiological dispersion device (RDD) release 7th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the University of Ottawa

Que Z, Wilkes G, Droste RL, Seidou O, Sunohara M, Parker GT, Lapen DR. Simulations by AnnAGNPS of controlled tile drainage on water quality in the South Nation River watershed 25th Eastern Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research

Parker GT, Droste RL, Kennedy KJ. Techniques and protocol for watershed-level calibration of an AnnAGNPS simulation 38th Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research

Parker GT, Droste RL, Rennie CD. Uncertainty scales in watershed management 23rd Eastern Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research

Engagement & Impact

Other invited event:

Sharing innovation to address water challenges in the Levant (WP1489), Wiston House Wilton Park Wiston House, Steyning West Sussex BN44 3DZ, The world’s water consumption is likely to surge over the next few decades, as rapidly growing populations, continuing industrialisation and the quickening pace of urbanisation place ever greater demands on water supplies. Climate change is also likely to affect water supplies, with both desertification and flooding posing real threats to water security. The Levant region is particularly vulnerable to these risks. Water shortages are already common across the region with some governments even forced to restrict supplies. Water shortages are often claimed to have contributed to state instability, conflict and state failure as competition over resources increases. Improvements in cross-regional and multi-sectoral partnerships, infrastructure, and research will help to foster more resilient water supplies in the region. The role of science and innovation in achieving this is crucial. Science and innovation are increasingly recognised as engines of growth and development. This meeting addressed the potential of collaboration to drive water innovation in the Levant region, drawing on case studies from both the Levant and elsewhere to highlight opportunities offered by investment in R&D, innovative business strategies and original partnerships. Participants discussed questions such as how research collaboration both across the region and internationally can propel scientific and technological advances in water in the Levant and beyond. The meeting aimed at the following specific objectives: Provide a platform for scientists and actors working in water innovation to share ideas and best practice that could help to address water challenges in the Levant Facilitate scientific partnerships across Levant and wider MENA countries in order to address water challenges comprehensively Build strategic, cross-regional relationships through the networking opportunities of the meeting Contribute to building a culture of collaboration in the Levant, promoting cross regional co-operation on transboundary water issues and dialogue on wider water concerns Provide an opportunity to showcase the innovative trilateral research funded under the Science and Innovation Network Trilateral Water Programme. 2016

Keynote: "Approaches to Engineering: Past, Present & Future", Lucy Cavendish College Lady Margaret Road Cambridge CB3 0BU, (Keynote speaker/Leader for Invited Lecture Series). 2015

Global Water Initiative Workshop: Implications of regional climate variability on water resources in Africa, Cambridge, UK, The Global Water Initiative Workshop: Implications of regional climate variability on water resources in Africa 21‐23 September 2009 With support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Cambridge have developed a partnership relating to the science, technology, and policy of environment and sustainability. The partnership’s first project, the Cambridge‐UC San Diego Global Water Initiative (GWI), is intended to help stimulate adaptation to the impacts of climate change on water availability. The University of Cambridge, in collaboration with UC San Diego, convened a workshop from September 21 – 23, 2009, at the Cambridge University campus where more than one hundred multidisciplinary experts from Africa and around the globe met to discuss the impacts of climate change on water resources in regions across the African continent. Workshop experts represented regional institutions including the Drought Monitoring Centre in the South African Development Community, the University of Ghana Legon, and national African meteorological (met) offices. The keynote speaker for the workshop was Ms. Hanny Sherry Ayittey, Honourable Minister for Environment of Science and Technology from the Government of Ghana. The three‐day workshop brought together these experts in order to: * Understand the impacts of local climate change and climate variability across the world, with a particular emphasis on water resources in African regions; * Identify research, technology, and climate data management needs for integrated policies for sustainable development; * Improve connections and develop partnerships to promote regional climate initiatives and exchange of climate data, best practices, policies, and technologies for adaptation with the involvement of local policy makers and communities. The first three days of the workshop were devoted to an assessment of variability and predictability of climate change in Africa, including connections between regional climate data and modelling of extreme events; the impacts of climate change and variability on water resources and subsequent effects on ecosystems, agriculture, health and resource supply chains; and the impacts on society from a changing climate and water availability. Participants also discussed applying new sources of data and data management practices to link climate change to societal impacts and policy solutions; and the role of the private sector, NGOs, and information and data networks in current decision‐ making processes and future developments. Breakout groups placed particular emphasis on practical and systemic obstacles to information exchange and open knowledge transfer in linking climate research with policy and decision making for adaptation in Africa while and enhancing existing systems for achieving integrated responses to climate change impacts by applying new sources of data and data management. The third day of the workshop was devoted to drawing conclusions of the workshop. African and international colleagues stayed for a series of focused meetings after the workshop to determine next steps for climate change adaptation in Africa based on the results of the workshop. Conclusions based on discussions held at the workshop include: * Climate change adaptation in Africa must be linked with the broader human rights and development agendas. * Knowledge Action Networks for dynamic adaptation to climate change and climate variability are necessary to facilitate communication and action between physical and social scientists, policy makers, and the communities of practice in regions that will be hardest hit by climate change. They must make the right environmental and social data available at the right place at the right time to constructively engage decisions makers at the smallest scales; * For regional adaptation to be successful, attention must be focused on capacity building to train African scientists on African problems in Africa, with appropriate support from international organizations; Workshop leaders presented these findings, as well as findings from an earlier GWI workshop held at UCSD last May on climate impacts on glaciers in the Himalayas, at the 2009 Forum on Science and Technology in Society in Kyoto, Japan, in October 2009. The University of Cambridge and UCSD will continue facilitating the discussion of the global water crisis with the long‐term goals of developing partnerships, sharing best practices, promoting common monitoring and assessment standards, and expanding regional capacity to adapt to the impacts of climate change .  UCSD Workshop Materials:  UCSD Workshop Report: (Ref: 2009


College Fellow, Murray Edwards College, 2015

By-Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge Storey's Way Cambridge CB3 0DS UK, 2009

Sharjah-Endowed Fellow in the Field of Water, Engineering Department University of Cambridge (CUED), 2009

Conference organisation:

6th International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD13), Member, Local Organising Committee, 2013

Media Coverage:

"Change of Habits Urged to Help Cut Water Waste" [Newspaper Article Covering Student Projects] (The National, November 2012)., BBC Radio "The Naked Scientists” Episode 'Get the Frack Out of Here...', (2013/09/13)., "Usable water, not oil, will be next big challenge for global economy" [Article featuring Interview] (The National, January 12 2013).