Dr Colin Booth

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  • Qualifications:BSc. PGCertHE. MSc. PhD.
  • Position:Associate Head for Research and Scholarship
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 83998
  • Email:Colin.Booth@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Colin Booth is both a scientist and an engineer who holds a PhD in environmental physics. He has been the Associate Head for Research and Scholarship in The Dept of Architecture and the Built Environment since joining UWE in early 2012. He has also been a Director of the Construction and Property Research Centre, and a Director of the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience. 

He served as a educator and academic leader for many years before joining UWE. He was the Senior Research Leader in a School of Built Environment, a Reader in Construction Management, a Reader in Civil Engineering, an Overseas Tutor (Hong Kong), a Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, a European Research Project Manager and he also held several Post-doctoral Research Fellowship posts.

He is a renowned academic and research leader who has led and collaborated on research projects with academic and industry colleagues worldwide, supported by funds exceeding £16 million. He has published several textbooks (n=9), which have focussed on climate change, sustainable water engineering, urban pollution, sustainable development, amongst other themes, and he has also authored/co-authored a vast portfolio of peer-reviewed scientific publications (n>220). Further, he has a team of doctoral supervision successes (n=26) spanning the built and natural environment disciplines. His Google Scholar author metric scores are: citations = 2850; h-index = 28; and i10-index = 73, which are 5-6 times higher than the scores for most full professors in similar disciplines across the UK and overseas.

He is passionate about academic standards and quality. He continues to serve as an external BSc and MSc examiner (>15 years) and he has been involved in the validation of both undergraduate and postgraduate course the world over (e.g. Sri Lanka, Singapore, Hong Kong, amongst others). Further, he has been a national and international external PhD examiner (n=20) at many institutions (e.g. Loughborough, Heriot Watt, Brunel, Salford, Coventry, Portsmouth, Anglia Ruskin, amongst many others). 

He has served as a committee member/reviewer for professional bodies (e.g. CIOB, RICS) and has been an invited/elected scientific committee member and chairman for a host of esteeemed organisations and also conferences throughout Europe and beyond (e.g. Eire, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Cyprus, Colombia, Malaysia, and Nigeria). Further, he is a regular invited keynote presented at national and international events.

He holds the distinguished titles of Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering and Visiting Professor of Sustainability at prestigious international universities.

Area of expertise

Sustainability in the built environment, Environmental management in construction, Property level flooding, Sustainable drainage systems (SuDS),  Climate change adaptation strategies, Built environment studies and Urban pollution.


Author/co-author of >220 peer-reviewed scientific papers and chapters. Links to a selection of his recent publications are listed beneath. Otherwise, see his Google Scholar profile at:



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