About us

The Urban Water Technology Centre (UWTC) has been established since August 1993  at Abertay University. It developed from the activities of a group of staff carrying out research and consultancy work associated with wastewater and environmental management. This has resulted in valuable links being established between academia and industry, which continue to be expanded and reinforced.

The Centre is also fortunate in that it can obtain support from other specialists within the School and elsewhere in the University, for example, chemistry, computing, microbiology and electronics, as well as a broad range of civil and environmental engineers.

The Centre's stated mission is to provide a service to the water industry (in the UK and overseas) in three main areas: research, academic and consultancy. In the many projects carried out to date, the Centre has been highly successful in combining academic skills with commercial expertise. A broad range of clients has approached the Centre for advice and assistance including water companies and authorities, local authorities, manufacturers and private sector companies involved in the construction and civil engineering industry. Typically the Centre has a turnover of some £0.3M per annum.

The Centre operates from purpose-built offices on the fifth floor of the main University building, which contains open plan office space for all staff. Access to well-equipped laboratories is available for a range of physical, chemical and biological testing of samples. As a direct result of work carried out our staff have particular expertise in sewer systems operation and design, SUDS system design and operation, wastewater treatment systems, interactions between sewers and treatment plants, and sustainability issues and urban eco-system service evaluations, and the monitoring of sewage and sludge with respect to quality as well as quantity. 

Our team

Professor David Blackwood

Professor David Blackwood

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Head of Division

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Professor Joseph Akunna

Professor Joseph Akunna

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Professor in Water and Environmental Engineering

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Dr Daniel Gilmour

Dr Daniel Gilmour

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Senior Lecturer

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Dr Rebecca Wade

Dr Rebecca Wade

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Senior Lecturer

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Dr Cornelia Doerich-Stavridis

Dr Cornelia Doerich-Stavridis

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Senior Lecturer

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Ms Margalite Vilnay

Ms Margi Vilnay

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Lecturer

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Dr Mohammad Jorat

Dr Ehsan Jorat

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Lecturer

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Mr Edward Simpson

Mr Edward Simpson

School of Science, Engineering and Technology | Lecturer

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