Contact Dr Simon Jude

Areas of expertise

  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Environmental Policy
  • Managing Corporate Sustainability
  • Monitoring and Environmental Informatics
  • Natural Capital
  • Water Science and Engineering


The complex interactions between the environment, infrastructure, and society, and the decision-making challenges and opportunities that they pose, form the basis for Simon's research. Many of these issues represent ‘wicked problems’, requiring new approaches to decision-making.  To address this, his research seeks to develop and evaluate new techniques, tools, and technologies to support improved decision-making. This involves working with researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including environmental science, economics, engineering, computing and mathematics, and includes the use of mixed quantiative/qualitative methods and post-normal science approaches.

Dr Simon Jude joined Cranfield University in May 2010 as a Research Fellow.  Prior to joining Cranfield Simon was a postdoctoral researcher working in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research’s Coastal Research Programme, at the University of East Anglia.  He also spent a period in in the offshore renewable energy industry where he held a research and development role developing spatial analysis tools to evaluate and mitigate the risks associated with offshore wind energy and subsea interconnector projects. He completed his MSc and PhD at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia. 

Current activities

Simon's research is highly stakeholder led and transdisciplinary, and broadly focuses on a number of areas:

Climate risk, adaptation and resilience – Understanding and overcoming risk, adaptation and resilience challenges, including those facing organisations, critical infrastructure operators and communities.

Developing urban observatories and living laboratories – Harnessing sensor technologies and analytics to better understand complex urban environments and aid decision-making.

Marine environmental risks – Understanding and managing the complex risks and trade-offs associated with climate change, marine renewable energy developments and marine spatial planning.

Simon leads the Decision Science Group, within the Cranfield Environment Centre. He is also the Cranfield Centre Manager for the Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods (DREAM) Centre for Doctoral Training, which has received funding from NERC and the ESRC, and leads the UKCRIC/EPSRC funded Cranfield University Urban Observatory.


  • Cefas
  • Defra
  • ESRC
  • NERC
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • Natural England
  • Infrastructure utilities
  • Water Research Foundation
  • UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR)
  • Atkins
  • Connected Places Catapult
  • European Union


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Gill AB, Birchenough S, Jones A, Judd A, Jude S, Payo A & Wilson B (2018) Implications for the marine environment of energy extraction in the sea.. In: Offshore Energy and Marine Spatial Planning, Routledge.
  • Jude S, Gill AB, Mauelshagen C & Willsteed E (2018) Risk and ocean energy. In: Ocean Energy: Governance Challenges for Wave and Tidal Stream Technologies, Abingdon: Routledge, p. 13-26.
  • Jude SR, Mokrech M, Walkden M, Thomas J & Koukoulas S (2015) Visualising potential coastal change: communicating results using visualisation techniques. In: Broad Scale Coastal Simulation, Springer, p. 255-272.
  • Jude SR, Mokrech M, Walkden MJ, Thomas J & Koukoulas S (2015) Visualising potential coastal change: communicating results using visualisation techniques. In: Broad scale coastal simulation: new techniques to understand and manage shorelines in the third millennium, Springer, p. 255-272.
  • Mokrech M, Nicholls RJ, Day S, Dawson R, Jude SR & Koukoulas S (2015) GIS platforms for managing, accessing and integrating model results: The Tyndall coastal simulator experience. In: Broad scale coastal simulation: new techniques to understand and manage shorelines in the third millennium, Springer, p. 273-298.
  • Paar P, Appleton K, Clasen M, Gensel M, Jude S & Lovett A (2008) Interactive visual simulation of coastal landscape change. In: Digital Earth Summit on Geoinformatics 2008: Tools for Global Change Research, Wichmann, p. 153-159.
  • Brown I, Jude SR, Koukoulas S, Nicholls R, Dickson M & Walkden M (2007) Using virtual reality to simulate future coastal erosion: a participative decision tool?. In: GIS for Environmental Decision Making, CRC Press.
  • Jude SR, Brown I, Koukoulas S, Dickson M, Walkden M, Jones AP & Watkinson A (2005) Exploring future coastlines – initial steps towards the development of an integrated coastal simulation and visualisation system. In: Trends in real-time landscape visualization and participation : proceedings at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences 2005, Herbert Wichmann Verlag, p. 69-76.
  • Jude SR, Jones AP, Bateman IJ & Andrews JE (2003) Developing Techniques to Visualise Future Coastal Landscapes. In: Trends in Landscape Modeling: Proceedings at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences 2003, Herbert Wichmann Verlag, p. 228-238.