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CSD Researcher in Global Challenges Workshop & Secondment

last modified Jul 05, 2019 02:56 PM
Dr Leon Kapetas provides expertise in Peru and discusses SuDS in Sutton

In August 2018, Leon was funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund to provide hydrology expertise at a workshop in Piura, Peru. The workshop, which explored resilience in flood disaster management, led to co-creation of an action plan delineating integrated approaches to reducing flood risk in Northern Peru. You can find out more about his trip via this Blogpost.

In September, Leon spent a week on secondment in the London Borough of Sutton, discussing SuDS and the potential for co-benefits as part of the EPSRC funded Urban Flood Resilience project.

The main road in Piura, Peru

Leon with one of the residents, Armando, who gifted him the most delicious mango he has ever had.

Course Overview


The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.


An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions.


An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.


An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.