Contact Professor Simon Pollard

Areas of expertise


As Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Simon holds executive responsibility for a School hosting pan-University expertise in water and design; energy and power; environmental technology and agrifood.  His responsibilities include strategic planning, oversight of postgraduate teaching and research and thought leadership.

Current activities

An authority on risk management, Simon has been developing improved approaches to the governance of environmental risks since 1987.  His contributions reconcile societal unease about pollution with organisational responsibilities for its reduction and safe management in the long-term, with improved outcomes for public and environmental health.  Simon’s scholarship has been to the practice of environmental engineering, risk management, policy analysis and corporate risk governance.  His recent research examines organisational competencies in risk management, especially within the international water sector as it responds to calls for sustained service levels under conditions of constrained access to finance, climate change and water scarcity.

Professor Pollard has led the integration of Cranfield’s environmental sustainability offer.  Our take on the low carbon, resource efficiency agenda, “Science for the Green Economy”, brings together our technology and management expertise into a single authoritative voice, supported by a seminar series for practitioners in the City.



US Water Research Foundation

Calgary Water

Philadelphia Water

Yorkshire Water

Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Gormley AM, Rocks SA, Pollard SJT & Black E (2011) Guidelines for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management: Green Leaves III. London: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, ed. 3.
  • Rocks SA, Pollard SJ, Dorey RA, Harrison PTC, Levy LS, Handy RD, Garrod JF & Owen R (2009) Risk assessment of manufactured nanomaterials. In: Environmental and Human Health Effects of Nanoparticles. J Lead and E Smith (ed.), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, p. 389-421.
  • Pankhurst LJ, Deacon LJ, Liu J, Drew GH, Hayes ET, Jackson S, Longhurst PJ, Longhurst JWS, Pollard SJT & Tyrrel SF (2009) Microbial and endotoxin emission from composting facilities: characterisation of release and dispersal patterns. In: Air Pollution XVII, Southampton: Wessex Institute of Technology, p. 163-172.
  • Williams A, Temple T, Pollard SJT, Jones RM & Ritz K (2009) Environmental considerations for common burial site selection after pandemic events. In: Criminal and Environmental Soil Forensics. Ritz K, Dawson L, Miller D (ed.), Dordrecht: Springer, p. 87-101.
  • Pollard S (2006) Risk management for the environmental practitioner. Institute for Environmental Management and Assessment.
  • Pollard S, Strutt JES, Macgillivray BM, Sharp JV, Hrudey SE & Hamilton PD (2006) Risk management capabilities - towards mindfulness for the international water utility sector. In: Water Contamination Emergencies: Enhancing our Response, Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 70-80.
  • Kibblewhite MG & Pollard S (2006) Soils and Land Contamination. In: An Introduction to Pollution Science, Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Pollard S & Young PJ (2006) Environmental risk management. In: The risk management universe - a guided tour, British Standards Institution, p. 239-263.
  • Pollard S (2005) Environmental risk management. In: Environmental management in organisations. The IEMA handbook, Earthscan, p. 212-226.
  • Pollard S (2005) Environmental Risk Assessment. In: Pollution Handbook 2005, National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection, p. 11-15.
  • Pollard S (2003) Environmental Risk Assessment. In: Pollution Handbook 2003, National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection, p. 10-14.
  • Pollard S (2002) Chapter 21. Environmental risk assessment & modelling. In: Environmental Careers - The Inside Guide, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management, p. 150-158.
  • Pollard S, Lythgo M & Duarte-Davidson R (2001) The extent of contaminated land problems and the scientific response. In: Assessment and Reclamation of Contaminated Land, Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 1-19.
  • Pollard S & Carroll A (2001) Chapter 3: Recent Developments and New Directions. In: Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals, Lavenham Press, p. 21-30.
  • Pollard S & Duarte-Davidson R (2001) Chapter 5: Linking Pollutant Transport, Environmental Forecasting and Risk Assessment: Case Studies from the Geosphere. In: Forecasting the Environmental Fate and Effects of Chemicals, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, p. 55-70.
  • Pollard S (2001) Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals. Lavenham Press.
  • Pollard S (2001) Chapter 2. Principles, tools and techniques. In: Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals, Lavenham Press, p. 9-20.
  • Guy J & Pollard S (2001) Summary. In: Risk Assessment for Environmental Professionals, Lavenham Press, p. 91-92.
  • Pollard S, Stephenson T (eds), Risk management for the water and wastewater utility sector, IWA Publishing.
  • Brassington K, Pollard SJT & Coulon F Weathered hydrocarbon biotransformation: implications for bioremediation, analysis and risk assessment. Springer Berlin Heidelberg.