Areas of expertise
BackgroundHeather holds a BSc in Environmental and Conservation Science from the University of Alberta (Canada). After completing her degree, she worked as a researcher for a Canadian NGO, where she was involved in a multi-stakeholder process for developing and implementing watershed (catchment) planning in Ontario.
She then obtained her MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford, for which she studied how a growing understanding of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) could help remote mountain communities in Nepal reduce their vulnerability to these catastrophic events.
Heather completed her PhD at the University of Aberdeen, where her research focused on the Scottish land use planning system, and on developing recommendations to improve its emerging relationship with river basin management planning, as required under the European Water Framework Directive. She joined Cranfield University in August 2011.
Current activitiesDr. Smith’s research focuses on the governance of the water sector, and the intersections between technological innovation, policy, and social drivers around water services. In general terms she seeks to understand if and how water services can be made more resilient. This centres on the role of water service providers (private or public) and understanding how they relate to their political, social, economic and environmental contexts.
Specific research interests include understanding:
- The role of customers in shaping the plans and priorities of the UK water sector;
- User perceptions of, and reactions to, emerging water technologies (such as water reuse); and
- How governance frameworks can support and/or hinder emerging water technologies.
- FP7, Horizon 2020
- Thames Water
- Scottish Water
- Yorkshire Water
Articles In Journals
- Smith HM, Brouwer S, Jeffrey P & Frijns J (2018) Public responses to water reuse - understanding the evidence, Journal of Environmental Management, 207 43-50.
- Badruzzaman M, Hess T, Smith HM, Upson S & Jacangelo JG (2017) Value propositions of the water footprint concept for sustainable water utilities, Journal -- American Water Works Association, 109 (9) E393-E408.
- Goodwin D, Raffin M, Jeffrey P & Smith HM (2017) Evaluating media framing and public reactions in the context of a water reuse proposal, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Early Online.
- Goodwin D, Raffin M, Jeffrey P & Smith HM (2017) Collaboration on risk management: the governance of a non-potable water reuse scheme in London, Journal of Hydrology, Early online.
- Russell-Verma S, Smith HM & Jeffrey P (2016) Public views on drought mitigation: Evidence from the comments sections of on-line news sources, Urban Water Journal, 13 (5) 454-462.
- Xerri F, Jeffery P & Smith HM (2016) Unpacking organizational capacity in the context of the Water Framework Directive, International Journal of River Basin Management, 14 (3) 327-317.
- Jefferson B, Jarvis P, Bhagianathan G, Smith H, Autin O, Goslan H, McAdam J & Carra I (2016) Effect of elevated UV dose and alkalinity on metaldehyde removal and THM formation with UV/TiO2 and UV/H2O2, Chemical Engineering Journal, 288 (March) 359-367.
- Frijns J, Smith HM, Brouwer S, Garnett K, Elelman R & Jeffrey P (2016) How Governance Regimes Shape the Implementation of Water Reuse Schemes, Water, 8 (12, article number 605).
- Smith HM, Rutter P & Jeffrey P (2015) Public perceptions of recycled water: a survey of visitors to the London 2012 Olympic Park, Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, 5 (2) 189-195.
- Goodwin D, Raffin M, Jeffrey P & Smith HM (2015) Applying the water safety plan to water reuse: towards a conceptual risk management framework, Environmental Science. Water Research and Technology, 1 (5) 709-722.
- Birkholz S, Muro M, Jeffrey P & Smith HM (2014) Rethinking the relationship between flood risk perception and flood management, Science of the Total Environment, 478 12-20.
- Smith HM, Blackstock KL, Wall G & Jeffrey P (2014) River basin management, development planning, and opportunities for debate around limits to growth, Journal of Hydrology, 519 (C) 2624-2631.
- Smith HM, Wall G & Blackstock KL (2013) The role of map-based environmental information in supporting integration between river basin planning and spatial planning
, Environmental Science and Policy, 30 81-89.