Chair Professor |College of Engineering, School of Environmental Science and Engineering

David Lerner came to academic life in 1984 via a water authority and international consultants, and has since worked in both Geology and Civil Engineering departments. With Steve Banwart, he founded the Groundwater Protection and Restoration Group (GPRG ) which, with its daughter groups, now has about 50 researchers working at a range of scales from cells to catchments. Early work experience included water resources modelling, irrigation hydrology, flood hydrology and erosion control, as well as his specialism of groundwater. David has worked in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru and Algeria as well as throughout the UK. Recent research interests have included urban groundwater, natural attenuation of pollutants, modelling, and fractured rock hydrogeology. Now David is a chair professor of School of Environmental Science and Engineering of SUSTech.

His current research interests are on larger scale and policy issues. He leads, with Bob Harris, the multi- disciplinary Catchment Science Centre, which was created in cooperation with the Environment Agency. This researches across the hydrology, ecology and water quality domains to deliver the next generation of understanding and tools for integrated and sustainable catchment management practices. David's latest grant is for an EPSRC consortium, URSULA, which is investigating integrated and innovations approaches to urban river corridors. He has recently been on secondment to Defra advising on a research strategy for diffuse urban pollution.

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Education Background
•MA, Engineering Sciences, University of Cambridge.
•MSc, Engineering Hydrology, Imperial College, London.
•PhD, School of Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham.


Honor & Award
•FREng, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering
•Editorial Board, Hydrological Processes
•Editorial Board, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (Editor in Chief until 2004)
•CL:AIRE Technology and Research Group (member)
•IPM-NET Science and Technology Advisory Group (member) 


1. Urban groundwater

2. Natural attenuation of pollutants

3. Groundwater modeling

4. Hydrogeology of fissured rock

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