Dr. Vanessa Speight

  • Senior Research Fellow in Integrated Water Systems, Department of Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Tel: 0114 222 5750
  • Email: v.speight@sheffield.ac.uk
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Dr. Vanessa Speight is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield.  Her research interests broadly cover drinking water distribution systems with a focus on applications of models for water quality and public health risk.  Additional areas of research include the involvement of stakeholders in water policy and management decisions along with water-cycle approaches to sustainability, such as life cycle energy analysis (whole life carbon costing) of water distribution system operation and options for water reuse in the urban environment.

Vanessa is Managing Director of TWENTY65, an EPSRC-funded consortium with 6 universities and more than 70 industrial collaborative partners working across the water cycle to develop flexible and synergistic solutions tailored to meeting changing societal needs and achieve positive impact on health, environment, economy, and society.



Selected Publications:

Speight V, Boxall J.  2016.  How to achieve sustainable clean water for everyone, The Conversation, 6 June.


Rosario-Ortiz F, Rose J, Speight V, von Gunten U, and Schnoor J.  2016.  How do you like your tap water?, Science 351:6276:912-914.


Speight V.  2015.  Innovation in the water industry:  barriers and opportunities for US and UK utilities, WIREs Water, 2:301-313


Prosser M, Speight V, Filion Y.  2013.  Life-cycle energy analysis of performance- versus age-based pipe replacement schedules, Journal of the American Water Works Association, 105(12)E721-E732.


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