Prof. Nigel G. Wright Prof. Nigel G. Wright

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Member: Professor Nigel Wright

Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Innovation

Nottingham Trent University

+44 115 84806562



1984-1988 Ph.D Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK

1981-1984 B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK

Work Experience

2009- Professor of Water and Envrionemntal Engineering , School of LCivil Engineering, University of Leeds

2006- Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education , Delft, the Netherlands (zero-appointment for 2009 onwards)

2006-2012 Professor of Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development(zero-appointment), Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

2004-2005 Reader in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, School of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham

2001-2004 Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham.

1993-2001 Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering , University of Nottingham.

Research Interests

Nigel Wright has over 30 years experience in modelling fluid flow in the built and natural environment. Particular applications are inundation prediction, vulnerability assessment, river flows and low-head hydropower. Modelling techniques encompass Large Eddy Simulation, Smoothes Particle Hydrodynamics, Godunov-Bases methods, parallel processing and model encapsulation.

More recently Nigel's research has focused on river basin management and integrated water resources management and wider physical, social and economic aspects of each of these. This work continues through grants with the Leeds Sustainability Research Institute.

Nigel has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has been awarded and managed grants over 4 million from a wide variety of funding agencies. Along with co-authors in 2009 he was awarded the Harold Schoemaker Award of the HAHR for the best journal paper in the period 2007-9.

Major Publications

Wright, N.G. and D.M. Hargreaves, Environmental Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics, in Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity, Second Edition, J. Wainwright and M. Mulligan, Editors. 2013, Wiley.

Wright, N.G. and A. Crosato, The hydrodynamics and morphodynamics of rivers, in Treatise on Water Science, Four-Volume Set P. Wilderer, Editor. 2011, Elsevier Science Ltd. p. 135-156.

Guan, M., N.G. Wright, and P.A. Sleigh, A robust 2D shallow water model for solving flow over complex topography using homogenous flux method. ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2014, available online.

Guan, M., N.G. Wright, and P.A. Sleigh, A robust 2D shallow water model for solving flow over complex topography using homogenous flux method.

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, 2013: doi: 10.1002/fld.3795.

Balica, S.F., I. Popescu, L. Beevers, and N.G. Wright, Parametric and physically based modelling techniques for flood risk and vulnerability assessment: A comparison. Environmental Modelling & Software, 2013. 41(0): p. 84-92.

Neal, J., P. Bates, I. Villanueva, N. Wright, T. Willis, and T. Fewtrell, How much physical complexity is needed to model flood inundation? Hydrological Processes, 2012. 26(15): p. 2264-2282.

Balica, S.F., N.G. Wright, and F. van der Meulen, A flood vulnerability index for coastal cities and its use in assessing climate change impacts. Natural Hazards, 2012. 64(1): p. 73-105.

Neal, J.C., T.J. Fewtrell, P.D. Bates, and N.G. Wright, A comparison of three parallelisation methods for 2D flood inundation models. Environmental Modelling & Software, 2010. 25(4): p. 398-411.

Clifford, N.J., N.G. Wright, G. Harvey, A.M. Gurnell, O.P. Harmar, and P.J. Soar, Numerical Modeling of River Flow for Ecohydraulic Applications: Some Experiences with Velocity Characterization in Field and Simulated Data. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 2010. 136(12): p. 1033-1041.

Carling, P., I. Villanueva, J. Herget, N. Wright, P. Borodavko, and H. Morvan, Unsteady 1D and 2D hydraulic models with ice dam break for Quaternary megaflood, Altai Mountains, southern Siberia. Global and Planetary Change, 2010. 70(1-4): p. 24-34.

Major publications