Richard Dawson is Professor of Earth Systems Engineering &
EPSRC Research Fellow in
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at
Newcastle University and is a Core Researcher in the Cities (now Resilience)
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
He has developed 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.
Richard's research focuses on sustainable cities; work which started with his role
as a researcher in the
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Cities Programme.
Prior to this he was appointed as a researcher at Newcastle University in 2004,
having previously worked at Bristol University where he also did his PhD.
His 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 his 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 he is a founder member of the
Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER) at Newcastle University.
Richard Dawson has worked with The Great Debate on more than one occasion,
including contributing to
The Great Debate: Humans in a Changing Climate
seminar series in 2010 and as a speaker on the panel of
The Great Infrastructure Debate in 2012.
He is currently on the steering group of The Great Debate's
Royal Academy of Engineering-funded project ETUDE: Engineering Transmission Using