Dr Vanessa Speight

University of Sheffield

Managing Director of TWENTY65

Tel: 0114 222 0259


Dr. Speight’s primary area of research is water quality transformations in drinking water distribution systems, with a focus on applications of models for decision support, public health risk, and implications for regulatory development. In particular, my interest is in understanding the inter-relationships between hydraulics within pipe networks and water quality reactions involving disinfectant residual, disinfection by-product formation, biofilms, indicator organisms, and corrosion.

Additional areas of research include the involvement of stakeholders in water policy and management decisions along with water-cycle approaches to sustainability, such as life cycle energy analysis (whole life carbon costing) of water distribution system operation and options for water reuse in the urban environment.

Dr. Speight is Managing Director of TWENTY65, an EPSRC-funded consortium with 6 universities and more than 70 industrial collaborative partners working across the water cycle to develop flexible and synergistic solutions tailored to meeting changing societal needs and achieve positive impact on health, environment, economy, and society.


Activities and Distinctions

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Panel, ICE Journal of Water Management
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of the American Water Works Association
Dr Vanessa Speight