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Dr Tom Dolan
The Chadwick Building
Gower Street
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

I completed my EngD (Doctorate) at Cranfield University in December 2015.
for my EngD, I undertook a four year multi-disciplinary research project funded by Anglian Water Services and the EPSRC to analyse the impact of European environmental, water and agricultural legislation on water company investment planning processes, member state regulators and other stakeholders. During my EngD I published four Papers (see Publications), additionally outcomes from my research:

  • Informed decisions taken at Anglian Water Pesticide Strategy meetings.
  • Led to implementation of a catchment-level decision support tool to guide investment decisions for potable water supply and catchment Management
  • Led to further research at Cranfield University.

I also hold an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management.

I also hold MSc in Economics for Natural Resource and Environmental Management. Research conducted during the MSc directly informed decision making at Bedford Borough Council and Greenspire Associates. Additionally, I published my thesis as an academic paper (see publications). Furthermore, I now give a regular lecture to 2 Cranfield University MSc programmes  on the use of Cash Flow Analysis techniques to evaluate environmental investments

Research Summary
I am currently acting as Centre Co-Ordinator for the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF) project and also working as a Research Associate for ICIF (http://www.icif.ac.uk/). The ICIF project is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, Industry facing project between 6 UK Universities (Cranfield University, University of Bristol, University of Southampton, University of Sussex and University of Brighton) funded by EPSRC and ESRC.

My current research interests include:
  • How mental models/mindset influence our attitudes towards, expectations of and decisions regarding infrastructure, and whether a set of guiding rules can be created for approaching infrastructure challenges
  • Work in partnership with iBUILD and Infrastructure UK on Infrastructure performance indicators
  • The long term Infrastructure challenges identified by industry practitioners, and in partnership with iBUILD the challenges of making a business case for investment in Resilience
  • Whether a Needs Assessment of the type proposed by the Armitt report can begin from identification of the outcomes our societies expect infrastructure to deliver and from this identify solution-neutral infrastructure needs to create transparent discussion on the infrastructure solutions we choose.
  • Whether natural processes can be viewed as Infrastructure-like, to allow innovative provision of our infrastructure needs
  • I co-ordinated the academic content for ISNGI 2014 www.isngi.org and am currently editing conference proceedings
  • With Pascal Perez and Peter Campbell at the University of Wollongong I am Guest Editor for a special Issue of IJCAST on Next Generation Infrastructure: From Complex Technological Artefacts
Teaching Summary

I deliver an Annual lecture and workshop to 2 Cranfield University MSc programmes  on how to  use Cash Flow Analysis techniques to evaluate environmental investments.

01-MAY-2017 – 12-DEC-2021 UKCRIC CN Senior Research Associate UCL CEGE UCL, United Kingdom
02-JUN-2014 – 01-MAY-2017 ICIF Senior Research Associate and Centre Manager UCL STEaPP UCL, United Kingdom
19-NOV-2013 – 01-JUL-2014 ICIF Research Associate UCL STEaPP UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2009 MSc Master of Science – Environmental Policy/Economics Cranfield University
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