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Caspar Hewett

Caspar Hewett
Caspar J M Hewett
Dr. Caspar Hewett is the Director and Chair of The Great Debate. He has over twenty years of research and management experience in academia, industry and the private sector and has taught and lectured a variety of subjects including mathematics, numerical methods, hydraulics, catchment management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), market research techniques, engineering ethics, philosophy of science, environmental issues and English as a Foreign language.

Caspar is currently a Research Officer at the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University overseeing the pre-16 secondary assessment systems for schools and delivering in-service training for schools and consortia across CEM's system. He is a founder member of the Steering Committee of the North East of England's United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development (RCE North East), and was Director of NECTER (North East Centre for for Transformative Education and Research), the co-ordinating body for RCE North East, September 2011 - October 2013.

Caspar was a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Peer Review College July 2005 - 2008 and was a NESTA Crucible Awardee 2006. He has held visiting fellowships at Newcastle University, at the Institute for Research on Environment and Sustainability (2006 - 2008) and Sir Joseph Swan Institute for Energy Research (2008-2010). In the past few years he has received a number of invitations both nationally and internationally to speak and teach on interdisciplinary approaches to water resources research including an OECD workshop in Honolulu "Improving the Balance Between Economic Agricultural Production and Environmental Quality through Enhanced Decision Making," 2004; workshop on Catchment Area Management in Istanbul, 2005; visiting fellow at Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at University of Iowa, 2007 (see report); invited representative of the Eden catchment at the United Nations HELP (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy) conference in 2007; keynote speaker at Consilium in Queensland, Australia 2012; invited speaker at Battle of Ideas 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

In addition to running participatory courses, workshops, seminars and public discussions for The Great Debate, Caspar's recent activities have included environmental engineering consultancy, and development of the North East Education for Sustainable Development programme. His research over the years has encompassed various areas including soil erosion modelling, interventions in the landscape to reduce flood risk and nutrient export from catchments, catchment hydrology, sustainability, computational hydraulics, finite difference methods, the notion of progress and theories of human nature.

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Please note spellings of my names - NOT Casper or Hewitt!


What is 'new environmentalism'?
Debate held at Battle of Ideas 2013

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Water, water everywhere, not allowed to use it
Debate held at Battle of Ideas 2012

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Qualifications

BSc. (Hons) Mathematics [1982], MSc. Applicable Mathematics [1990], PhD. Civil Engineering [2003]

Research Interests

  • Soil erosion and landscape evolution
  • Multi-scale representations of catchments
  • The contested notion of Sustainability
  • Changing perceptions of the notion of progress
  • The Decision Support Matrix (DSM)
  • Hydroinformatics
  • Development

Recent Teaching Activities

  • Sustainable Water Resource Management (2012, 2013)
    School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
  • Putting a Social Science Degree into Practice (2013)
    School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University
  • The Science of Humanity (2013)
    North East Centre for Lifelong Learning , Sunderland University

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On this site by Caspar Hewett

Sketch of Condorcet's Sketch for an Historical Picture of the Progress of the Human Mind by Caspar Hewett, September 2008

Henri de Saint-Simon: The Great Synthesist, Essay by Caspar Hewett, September 2008

Auguste Comte – High Priest of Positivism Essay by Caspar Hewett, September 2008

Water Resources and the Future by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment 3, March 2007

Thinking Big by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment 3, March 2007

Energy Generation in the New Millennium by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of a debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment 3, March 2007

To Build or Not to Build Proceedings by Caspar Hewett and Mo Lovatt

John Locke’s Theory of Knowledge (An Essay Concerning Human Understanding) by C J M Hewett, November 2006

Life of Voltaire, Essay by C J M Hewett, August 2006

The Three Cs and the Notion of Progress: Copernicus, Condorcet, Comte Selected notes from the day school Science and the Human Potential held as part of Newcastle Science Festival 2006

Tilting at Windmills by Caspar Hewett. Proceedings of the Energy Futures debate held as part of Development, Sustainability and Environment II, October 2005

The Nature of Being Human Proceedings of a discussion held in March 2005

Sex, Intention and Intelligence Selected notes from the day school The Great Debate: Being Human held as part of Newcastle Science Festival 2005

Of Blank Slates and Zombies Notes from a day school held as part of Newcastle Science Festival 2004

The Floods and Agriculture Risk Matrix (FARM) Decision support tool to allow farmers and land use planners to assess the risk of increased runoff from their land and to explore options to reduce that risk whilst maintaining farmer income. Created by Caspar J M Hewett and Paul Quinn

Development, Sustainability and Environment Proceedings of conference held at Newcastle Civic Centre, 27th September 2003, based on the notes of John Theaker, edited by Caspar Hewett

Reflections on Policy in Republic of South Africa Outline of talk given at the WORLDwrite event Raising Horizons to Raise Water on Saturday 7th June 2003

Newcastle Science Festival 2003: An overview

The Life of Science and the Science of Life
Review of discussion held as part of the first Newcastle Science Festival at Centre for Life, 17 April 2003.

The Great Debate: Should we censor the Internet?
Report on the proceedings of a discussion held in November 2002 at Gateshead Civic Centre

Reflections on the Blank Slate
Report on a talk by John Dupre at the Café Scientifique and on Steven Pinker in conversation with Matt Ridley, International Centre for Life

Modern Theory and the Human Mind
Course notes from a day school held in January 2002

Sexual Selection: The Human Mind and the Peacock's Tale
Selected notes from the day school Sexual Selection and Questions of Human Nature held in January 2001

The Great Debate: Darwinism Today
Selected notes from the ten week course of the same name

Minds, Genes and Consciousness
Course notes from a day school held in May 2001

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Selected Other Publications

'Experimental Investigation of a Liquid Droplet onto a Granular Bed Using 3D, Time-resolved, Particle Tracking,' Long, E.J., G.K. Hargrave, J.R. Cooper, B.G.B. Kitchener, A.J. Parsons, C.J.M. Hewett & J. Wainwright. Physical Review 2014. In Press

'The Floods and Agriculture Risk Matrix: a decision support tool for effectively communicating flood risk from farmed landscapes', Wilkinson, M.E., P.F. Quinn & C.J.M. Hewett Int. J. River Basin Management 11(3), 2013, 237-252

More to equality than income differentials by Caspar J M Hewett. Review of Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett's The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone (2010), Culture Wars, Oct 2012

Making the Case for Geo-engineering by Caspar J M Hewett, September 2012

‘Towards a Hydroinformatics Framework to Aid Decision Making,’ Hewett, C.J.M., A. Doyle and P.F. Quinn, J. Hydroinformatics, 12(2), 2010, pp.119-138 (Available online 21 November 2009)

‘Towards New Types of Water-centric Collaboration: Instigating the Upper Mississippi River Basin Observatory Process,’ Quinn, P.F., C.J.M. Hewett, M. Muste and I. Popescu, Proc. ICE, Water Management, 163(1), 2010, pp.39 –51

'Catchment Engineering: A 'Hands on' Demonstration Approach to Problem Solving' Quinn P., S.Burke, C. Hewett, M. Wilkinson and J. Jonczyk, Proceedings of the British Hydrological Society International Symposium, 2010, Newcastle upon Tyne

‘A Multi-Scale Framework for Strategic Management of Diffuse Pollution,’ Hewett, C.J.M., P.F. Quinn, A.L.Heathwaite, A. Doyle, S. Burke, P.G. Whitehead and D.N. Lerner, Environmental Modelling and Software, 24(1), 2009, pp.74-85 (Available online 2 July 2008)

The Great Sustainable Energy Debate 2008, Proceedings by C.J.M. Hewett, January 2009

'Agricultural land use and flood risk management: Engaging with stakeholders in North Yorkshire,' Posthumus, H., C.J.M. Hewett, J. Morris and P.F. Quinn, Agricultural Water Management, 95(7), 2008, pp.787-798

'TOPCAT-NP: a minimum information requirement model for simulation of flow and nutrient transport from agricultural systems,' Quinn,P.F., C.J.M. Hewett and N.D.K. Dayawansa, Hydrological Processes, 2008, 22, pp.2565-2580, (Available online).

'Debating (de)territorial governance,' Pugh, J., C. Hewett and D. Chandler, Area, 39(1), 2007, pp.107-119

'Toward the Next generation of Environmental Observatories,' Muste, M., C. Hewett, I. Popescu, P. Quinn, and W-F. Tsai, Interdisciplinary Research Grant Program Report, 2007, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, USA

'The proactive approach to Farm Integrated Runoff Management (FIRM) plans: flood storage on farms,' Quinn P., C. Hewett, J. Jonczyk & V. Glenis, 2007 (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/iq/download/PROACTIVEFloods.doc)

The Paradoxical Primate Review by Caspar Hewett, Culture Wars, Feb 2005

‘Modelling and Managing Critical Source Areas of Diffuse Pollution from Agricultural Land by Simulating Hillslope Flow Connectivity,’ Heathwaite, A.L., Quinn, P. and Hewett, C.J.M., J.Hydrology, 304, 2005, pp.446-461

‘Integrating Hydrology into Farmer's Decisions,’ Quinn, P.F., Hewett, C.J.M. and Doyle, A., in The Farmer's Decision, Hatfield, J. (ed.), 2005, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Iowa, USA, pp.173-204

‘Towards A Nutrient Export Risk Matrix Approach to Managing Agricultural Pollution at Source,’ Hewett, C.J.M., Quinn, P.F., Whitehead, P.G., Heathwaite, A.L. and Flynn, N.J., Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 8(4), 2004, pp.834-845,

‘Scale Appropriate Modelling : From Mechanisms to Management,’ Quinn, P.F., Hewett, C.J.M. and Doyle, A., in Scales in Hydrology and Water Management, Tchiguirinskaia, I., Bonell, M. and Hubert, P. (eds.), 2004, IAHS Publication 287, pp.17-38

‘Hydroinformatics Tools to Aid Decision Making for Nutrient Remediation at Source,’ Hewett, C.J.M. and Quinn, P.F., In Liong, Phoon & Babovic (eds) Proc. 6th International Conference on Hydroinformatics, June 2004, Singapore

Don’t denigrate specialist knowledge, Caspar Hewett, January 2004 contribution to Fearing the Unknown, The risk and biomedicine debate, spiked-online

'TopManage: A High Resolution GIS Digital Terrain Analysis Tool to Study the Management of Flow on Farms,' Hewett, C. and Quinn, P., 7th International Specialised Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Basin Management, August 2003, Dublin, Ireland

'An Earth Systems Engineering Approach to the Direct Management of Runoff Flow Paths and Nutrient Remediation at Source,' Quinn, P. and Hewett, C., 7th International Specialised Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Basin Management, August 2003, Dublin, Ireland

'Strategic Management of Non-point Source Pollution from Sewage Sludge,' Burke, S., Heathwaite, L., Quinn, P., Merrett, S., Whitehead, P., Preedy, N. and Hewett, C., 7th International Specialised Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Basin Management, August 2003, Dublin, Ireland

Instructions for using TopManage, Caspar J M Hewett and Paul Quinn, March 2003, TOPCAT website

TOPCAT - The Theory, Quinn, P.F., Dayawansa, N.D.K. and Hewett, C.J.M., March 2003, TOPCAT website

Review of 'Man, Beast and Zombie' by Kenan Malik, Caspar Hewett, Audacity website, September 2002

'Modelling of Supercritical Flow Conditions Revisited: NewC Scheme,' Kutija, V. and Hewett, C.J.M., J. Hydraulic Research, 2002, 40: 145-152

'Performance of Finite Volume Solutions to the Shallow Water Equations with Shock-Capturing Schemes,' Erduran, K.S., Kutija, V. and Hewett, C.J.M., Int. J. Numer. Meth. Fluids, 2002, 40: 1237-1273

'A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Assessing the Effects of Water and Land Use Policy on Livelihoods,' Hewett, C.J.M. and Hope, R., 5th Int. Conf. Hydroinformatics, July 2002; Cardiff.

'Unconditionally Stable Explicit Finite Difference (USED) Schemes for Four Problems in Hydraulics,' Hewett, C.J.M. and Kutija, V., 5th Int. Conf. Hydroinformatics, July 2002; Cardiff.

'Finite Volume Solution For Flow in a Channel with a Step on its Bottom,' Erduran, K.S., Kutija, V. and Hewett, C.J.M., 5th Int. Conf. Hydroinformatics, July 2002; Cardiff.

'Cafe Scientifique: Clean Energy and the Greenhouse Effect,' Culture Wars website, Jan 2001.

'Breaking the Taboos: Stability of Finite Difference for the Solution of Flow problems,' Hewett, C.J.M., Kutija, V. and Erduran, K.S., 4th Int. Conf. Hydroinformatics, July 2000; Iowa., USA.

'An Investigation of a Straight Channel Assumption for Meandering Channels,' Erduran, K.S., Hewett, C.J.M. and Kutija, V.; 4th Int. Conf. Hydroinformatics, July 2000; Iowa., USA.

'A Review of Mesh Generation Methods', C.J.M. Hewett and J.W. Bull, in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), Developments in Computational Engineering Mechanics, Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 55-62, 1993. doi:10.4203/ccp.19.3.1

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