Contact Miles Folkes

Areas of expertise

  • Water Science and Engineering

Background

Miles is a PhD student with the Water-WISER CDT, and is working on a project on the biological treatment of drinking water. Miles is exploring the utility of slow sand filter biofilms in removing micropollutants from drinking water as a sustainable alternative to conventional treatments. 

Miles has an MSc by Research from Cranfield University, where he worked on a thesis titled ‘Source to Sink Wastewater Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 for COVID-19 monitoring'. For this, Miles ran a Cranfield campus wide wastewater surveillance programme, exploring the use of wastewater surveillance in the management of COVID-19.

Miles has an MSc in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia where he focused on pollution science, policy and management. Miles specialised in water catchment science, and undertook a research project critically examining the role of offshore domestic cultivation of macroalgae in addressing current and future food insecurity in the UK in a sustainable manner.

Miles also has a BSc in Geography from the University of East Anglia. Whilst there, Miles specialised in socio-technological sustainable development theory and policy, and the public-science-policy nexus.

Research opportunities

 

Current activities

Miles is exploring the utility of slow sand filter biofilms in removing micropollutants from drinking water.

Miles is interested in water science, with a particular interest in drinking water treatment and public health. Miles is also interested in sustainable development, and the public-science-policy nexus.