Contact Christopher Garbutt

Areas of expertise

  • Water Science and Engineering


Chris is passionate about design, sustainability and environmental stewardship. He has a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Edinburgh University, an MSc in Green Economy from Bournemouth University and did his project on micro-hydropower.

Chris has over a decade of experience as a product development engineer. He has worked on wash systems research for Dyson Appliances where he helped develop the wash cycles for the novel Contra-rotator washing machine, and helped to develop new concept washing machines for Fisher and Paykel Appliances in New Zealand. He has led washing machine reliability improvement projects and has particular experience with washing machine pumps and filters. He was an application engineer for John Crane Mechanical Seals where he was involved with testing and validating high-pressure, high-speed seals for cryogenic pumps.

Chris has also worked for local government helping support social enterprises improving community resilience.

Current activities

Chris is a Doctoral student with Canfield University’s School of Water, Energy, Environment and Agrifood.
He started his three-year Water and Design PhD studentship in March 2020, on the development of a sustainable filtration technology for wastewater treatment. He is researching the application and optimisation of pile cloth media for removing solids from water, operation and maintenance advantages, and sustainability benefits of pile cloth media filtration over more conventional filtration technologies.


Chris’s PhD studentship is sponsored by Alpha Laval and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.