Richard Dawson

Newcastle University

Faculty


Richard has been working on an urban integrated assessment system facility that couples economic projections, land use change, climate impacts and emissions accounting tools. These tools were built by Richard and other researchers in the team. Richard is also the Partner Representative for the Tyndall Centre at the University of Newcastle.

Research Interests
Richard has been awarded an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship (formerly the Advanced Research Fellowship scheme) to advance his research on sustainable cities. Richard's work on sustainable cities started with a role as a researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Cities Programme. Prior to this Richard was appointed as a researcher at Newcastle University in 2004, having previously worked at Bristol University where he did his PhD. Richard's research has focused on the analysis and management of risks in civil engineering and environmental systems. It is a cross-disciplinary endeavour, involving collaboration with leading researchers, consultants and government agencies nationally and internationally. A remarkable feature of Richard's work has been its application at broad scales - recognition that engineering systems have a much wider influence than their physical form and need to be considered within their broader environmental and social context. This engineering philosophy has become known as Earth Systems Engineering and Richard is a founder member of the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER) at Newcastle University. Richard believes that engineers have a crucial role to play in developing adaptation solutions to ensure our infrastructure and cities are resilient and sustainable in the face of intensifying global change. 

Background
Richard was a classically trained civil engineer but soon recognised that the codes and historical methods that have enabled so much in the past are not always suitable in this rapidly changing world because they often fail to consider the wider interactions between engineering systems and altering environmental and socio-economic conditions. A feature of Richard's work has been the application of engineering principles to broad scale modelling and analysis - recognition that engineering systems have a much wider influence than their physical form and need to be considered within their broader environmental and social context. This engineering philosophy has become known as Earth Systems Engineering and Richard is currently Director of the Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER) at Newcastle University.

Richard's research interests are broad but with the common thread of Earth Systems Engineering. Richard's work is necessarily a cross-disciplinary endeavour, involving collaboration with leading researchers, consultants and government agencies nationally and internationally. Through close working with end users including placements at organisations, such as the Greater London Authority, Richard has disseminated and applied his work directly with stakeholders.

Publications

Holderness T, Barr SL, Dawson R, Hall J. An evaluation of thermal Earth observation for characterizing urban heatwave event dynamics using the urban heat island intensity metric. International Journal of Remote Sensing 2013, 34(3), 864-884.

Mokrech M, Nicholls RJ, Dawson RJ. Scenarios of future built environment for coastal risk assessment of climate change using a GIS-based multicriteria analysis. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design 2012, 39(1), 120-136.

Walsh CL, Dawson RJ, Hall JW, Barr SL, Batty M, Bristow AL, Carney S, Dagoumas A, Ford AC, Harpham C, Tight MR, Watters H, Zanni A. Assessment of climate change mitigation & adaptation in cities. Urban Design and Planning 2011, 164(2), 75-84.

Wilby RL, Nicholls RJ, Warren R, Wheater HS, Clarke D, Dawson RJ. Keeping nuclear and other coastal sites safe from climate change. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering 2011, 164(3), 129-136.

Hall JW, Dawson RJ, Barr SL, Batty M, Bristow AL, Carney S, Dagoumas A, Ford A, Tight MR, Walsh CL, Watters H, Zanni AM. City-scale integrated assessment of climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation. In: Bose, R.K, ed. Energy Efficient Cities: Assessment Tools and Benchmarking Practices. Washington, DC, USA: World Bank, 2010, pp.43-64.

Dawson RJ, Ball T, Werritty J, Werritty A, Hall JW, Roche N. Assessing the effectiveness of non-structural flood management measures in the Thames Estuary under conditions of socio-economic and environmental change. Global Environmental Change 2011, 21(2), 628-646.

Dawson RJ, Peppe R, Wang M. An agent-based model for risk-based flood incident management. Natural Hazards 2011, 59(1), 167-189.

Dawson RJ. Potential pitfalls on the transition to more sustainable cities and how they might be avoided. Carbon Management 2011, 2(2), 175-188.

Further publications:
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceser/staff/profile/richarddawson.html#publications

Role at Council
Theme Co-ordinator: Cities and Coasts

Research areas

Contact information

Phone: +44 (0)191 222 6618

Fax: +44 (0)191 222 6669

Postal Address:
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences Newcastle University Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 7RU UK

University website
www.ncl.ac.uk/ceser/staff/profile/richarddawson.html#background