Contact Professor Simon Pollard

Areas of expertise

  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Environmental Policy
  • Managing Corporate Sustainability
  • Waste Management and Resource Efficiency


Pro-Vice-Chancellor International since 2018, Simon leads Cranfield’s global mission.  Simon has deep experience in business growth, having led both a Cranfield School and the international partnership and student recruitment service unit.  An environmental engineer and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Simon’s research in environmental risk and resilience has been funded by the US Water Research Foundation, by UKRI and Defra.  He gained his DSc in 2009, was elected FREng in 2017 and was awarded an OBE in 2020.

Research opportunities

I am interested in supervising / co-supervising self-funded research students with a  research interest in:

·         risk and resilience policy and regulation

·         risk governance in the water, energy or environment sectors

·         'next generation' sustainability - circular economy, industrial sustainability, green economy

Current activities

I have been developing improved approaches to the governance of environmental risks since 1987. In concert, the work seeks to reconcile society's unease about pollution with organisational and regulatory responsibilities for its reduction and safe management. My scholarship has been to the practical fields of environmental engineering, risk management, policy analysis and corporate governance. Recent papers examine organisational competencies in risk management in the international water sector, as it responds to calls for sustained service levels under constrained access to finance, climate change and water scarcity. We learn that good risk governance makes organisations, systems and communities resilient. When done well, it creates lasting value, social and reputational capital.  My publications can be reviewed on ORCID and ResearchGate.



US Water Research Foundation

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 SJT (2004) Ecological and public health risks: analysis and management: Section 1. Environmental and Ecological Sciences, Engineering and Technology Resources. In: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS).
  • 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.