Contact Dr Elisabeth Shrimpton


Elisabeth joined Cranfield from the University of Birmingham, School of Civil Engineering where she completed her PhD addressing governance issues around new, transformational infrastructure interventions. A key feature of the work is the integration of justice thinking into engineering, socio-technical systems and decision-making which respects the environment. The study looks at how projects can embrace justice and governance opportunities and challenge the status quo where needed. Vice versa, it also looks at how a governance system could itself flex and adapt.

She has worked on a range of infrastructure projects around climate and weather change including water transfer schemes and was a member of the Pipebots project researching the development and implications of autonomous swarms of micro-robots in potable water. She also undertook a three month secondment to support Natural England, immediately post Brexit, around policy, governance and use of territorial waters including off shore infrastructure.

Prior to her PhD, Elisabeth gained a Master's degree in Disaster Management and Resilience including study in South Africa on the run up to Day Zero and a project on flood risk mitigation in UK coastal communities. Prior to this Elisabeth was a Senior Partner in a national law firm specialising in risk and crisis management.

Current activities

MADIS Project: Management of Disaster Risk and Societal Resilience (MADIS) (, working with small scale farmers at risk of drought

HyPT Global Hydrogen Production Technologies Center - for responsible hydrogen production at scale

DeSOL solar powered desalination

PRIME Project: New research to investigate impact of rapid move to online public services on minority ethnic communities (


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