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Dr Janet Riley

Job: Research Fellow

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7560




Personal profile

Janet Riley is a specialist in the quantitative assessment of groundwater resources and groundwater quality.  

As a consultant in the water industry Janet has worked on a wide range of projects including regional groundwater models for water resource management, contaminated land and landfill risk assessments, environmental and climate change impact assessments and investigation of groundwater infiltration of sewers. She has also developed and delivered professional training courses in groundwater modelling software and risk assessment. Her academic research includes subsurface characterisation and modelling of transport of nonaqueous phase liquids in groundwater.

Janet is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) and is currently working on the POWER project (Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges), which seeks to develop and use a digital social platform to communicate water issues (including water conservation, flood risk, water reuse and quality) at different levels (political, professional and public) with the aim of stimulating engagement and action to tackle current and future water challenges. The DSP is being piloted in four demonstration cities (Leicester, Milton Keynes, Sabadell (Spain) and Jerusalem). In particular, Janet is working with Leicester City Council to communicate flood risk to citizens and achieve greater resilience and preparedness for flooding, as well as personal actions to better manage surface water and drainage.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

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Research interests/expertise

  • Water resources
  • Water quality
  • Flood risk
  • Climate change
  • Groundwater
  • Science communication
  • Public engagement on water issues


PhD Chemical Engineering - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
MSc Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics - University of Manchester
BA Mathematics – University of Oxford

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of The Geological Society of London

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Externally funded research grants information

POWER - Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges
EC Grant Agreement 687809 (H2020-ICT-2015)
Dates April 2016 - current
Role: Researcher
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