Contact Dr Paul Leinster
Areas of expertise
- Carbon, Climate and Risk
- Digital Agriculture
- Environment and Health
- Environmental Policy
- Hazardous Substances
- Managing Corporate Sustainability
- Monitoring and Environmental Informatics
- Natural Capital
- Waste Management and Resource Efficiency
Paul has a first degree in chemistry and a PhD in environmental engineering, both from Imperial College and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 and is a chartered chemist and a chartered environmentalist. He was awarded honorary doctorates of science by Cranfield University and the University of the West of England and honorary fellowships by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management and by the Society for the Environment.
Prior to joining Cranfield Paul was Chief Executive of the Environment Agency from 2008 to 2015. He joined the EA in 1998 as Director of Environmental Protection and was appointed Director of Operations in 2004.
As soon as he joined the EA Paul developed and promoted the concept of better environmental regulation. The outputs from this have been recognised within government and internationally as leading edge. He provided the strategic direction to the Environment Agency's response to major incidents such as floods and drought. Paul had leading roles in the European and worldwide networks of environmental regulators. At the request of Defra Paul chaired the National Drought Group in 2012. He has been a member of a number of Minister chaired committees and cross government department advisory groups including those on food and farming, agricultural regulation, waste strategy, hazardous waste, spatial planning and carbon capture and storage.
Prior to joining the EA in 1998 Paul worked in the private sector for over 20 years. This included working for BP, SmithKline Beecham, Schering Agrochemicals and as the managing director of a consultancy specialising in environmental, health and safety issues.
Paul joined Cranfield University in 2015 as Professor of Environmental Assessment.
He is a member of the government’s Natural Capital Committee and is a non-executive director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and of Flood Re. He chairs the board of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment and the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership. He is actively involved in a number of activities related to the protection and improvement of the environment within the Oxford Cambridge Arc.
Paul's research and strategic consultancy interests include the monitoring, assessment and control of emissions and discharges to the environment and their impacts on people and wildlife. He is also involved in the development, implementation and review of regulatory and other approaches to achieve the required policy outcomes whilst minimising administrative costs and in assessing and developing appropriate governance arrangements. Other study areas include resource use management, natural capital approaches and responses to major incidents. He has a particular interest in translating research findings into practical operational measures.
Articles In Journals
- Garnett K, Delgado J, Lickorish FA, Pollard SJ, Medina-Vaya A, Magan N, Leinster P & Terry LA (2023) Future foods: Morphological scenarios to explore changes in the UK food system with implications for food safety across the food chain, Futures, 149 (May) Article No. 103140.
- Ramachandran R, Bajón Fernández Y, Truckell I, Constantino C, Casselden R, Leinster P & Rivas Casado M (2023) Accuracy assessment of surveying strategies for the characterization of microtopographic features that influence surface water flooding, Remote Sensing, 15 (7) Article No. 1912.
- Rivas Casado M, Bellamy P, Leinster P & Burgess PJ (2022) Contrasting changes in soil carbon under first rotation, secondary and historic woodland in England and Wales, Forest Ecology and Management, 505 (February) Article No. 119832.
- Giannitsopoulos ML, Leinster P, Butler D, Smith M & Rivas Casado M (2022) Towards the coordinated and fit-for-purpose deployment of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) for flood risk management in England, AQUA - Water Infrastructure, Ecosystems and Society, 71 (8) 879-895.
- Mead MI, Bevilacqua M, Loiseaux C, Hallett SH, Jude S, Emmanouilidis C, Harris J, Leinster P, Mutnuri S, Tran TH & Williams L (2022) Generalised network architectures for environmental sensing: case studies for a digitally enabled environment, Array, 14 (July) Article No. 100168.
- Luís A, Garnett K, Pollard SJ, Lickorish F, Jude S & Leinster P (2021) Fusing strategic risk and futures methods to inform long-term strategic planning: case of water utilities, Environment Systems and Decisions, 41 (4) 523-540.
- Muthusamy M, Casado MR, Butler D & Leinster P (2021) Understanding the effects of Digital Elevation Model resolution in urban fluvial flood modelling, Journal of Hydrology, 596 (May) Article No. 126088. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.12221204
- Sancho Martinez J, Bajon Fernandez Y, Leinster P & Rivas Casado M (2020) Combining unmanned aircraft systems and image processing for wastewater treatment plant asset inspection, Remote Sensing, 12 (9) Article No. 1461.
- Oakley M, Mohun Himmelweit S, Leinster P & Rivas Casado M (2020) Protection motivation theory: a proposed theoretical extension and moving beyond rationality—the case of flooding, Water (Switzerland), 12 (7) Article No. 1848.
- Rivas Casado M & Leinster P (2020) Towards more effective strategies to reduce property level flood risk: standardising the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology (AQUA), 69 (8) 807-818.
- Salmoral G, Rivas Casado M, Muthusamy M, Butler D, Menon PP & Leinster P (2020) Guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial systems in flood emergency response, Water (Switzerland), 12 (2) Article No. 521.
- Muthusamy M, Rivas Casado M, Salmoral G, Irvine T & Leinster P (2019) A remote sensing based integrated approach to quantify the impact of fluvial and pluvial flooding in an urban catchment, Remote Sensing, 11 (5) Article No. 577.
- Taylor C, Gallagher E, Pollard S, Rocks S, Smith H, Leinster P & Angus A (2019) Environmental regulation in transition: Policy officials’ views of regulatory instruments and their mapping to environmental risks, Science of the Total Environment, 646 (January) 811-820. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.6834455
- Longhurst PJ, Tompkins D, Pollard SJT, Hough RL, Chambers B, Gale PG, Tyrrel S, Villa R, Taylor M, Wu S, Sakrabani R, Litterick A, Snary E, Leinster P & Sweet N (2019) Risk assessments for quality-assured, source-segregated composts and anaerobic digestates for a circular bioeconomy in the UK, Environment International, 127 (June) 253-266. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.7862024.v1
- Palma M, Magliozzi C, Rivas Casado M, Pantaleo U, Fernandes J, Coro G, Cerrano C & Leinster P (2019) Quantifying coral reef composition of recreational diving sites: a structure from motion approach at seascape scale, Remote Sensing, 11 (24) Article No. 3027.
- Mcilwaine B, Rivas Casado M & Leinster P (2019) Using 1st derivative reflectance signatures within a remote sensing framework to identify macroalgae in marine environments, Remote Sensing, 11 (6) Article No. 704.
- Vandrol J, Rivas Casado M, Blackburn K, Waine TW, Leinster P & Wright R (2018) In-channel 3D models of riverine environments for hydromorphological characterization, Remote Sensing, 10 (7) Article No. 1005.
- Rivas Casado M, Irvine T, Johnson S, Palma M & Leinster P (2018) The use of unmanned aerial vehicles to estimate direct tangible losses to residential properties from flood events: A case study of Cockermouth following the Desmond storm, Remote Sensing, 10 (10) Article No. 1548.
- Chalker RTC, Pollard SJT, Leinster P & Jude S (2018) Appraising longitudinal trends in the strategic risks cited by risk managers in the international water utility sector, 2005-2015, Science of the Total Environment, 618 1486-1496.
- Rivas Casado, Ballesteros R, Ortega JF, Leinster P & Wright R (2017) Towards a transferable UAV-based framework for river hydromorphological characterization, Sensors, 17 (10) Article No. 2210.
- Leinster P, Perry R & Young R. (1978) Ethylene dibromide in urban air, Atmospheric Environment, 12 (12) 2383-2387.
- Rivas Casado M, Muthusamy M, Khouakhi A & Leinster P (2021) Emerging remote sensing technologies for flood applications. In: Earth Observation for Flood Application Progress and Perspectives, Elsevier.
- Rivas Casado M, Woodget A, Ballesteros Gonzalez R, Maddock I & Leinster P (2020) Unmanned aerial vehicles for riverine environments. In: Unmanned Aerial Remote Sensing: UAS for Environmental Applications, CRC Press.
- Rivas Casado M, Palma M & Leinster P (2020) Autonomous systems for the environmental characterization of lagoons. In: Lagoon Environments Around the World - A Scientific Perspective, InTech Open.
- Mcilwaine B, Rivas Casado M & Leinster P (2019) Using 1st derivative reﬂectance signatures within a remote sensing framework to identify macroalgae in marine environments. In: Novel Advances in Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring in Ocean, Lakes and Rivers, p. 43-65.