Prof Roger Falconer FREng

Water Consultant

Roger studied Civil Engineering at King’s College, London (1970-73), followed by a Master’s in Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA (1973-74). He then returned to Imperial College, in the UK, to pursue a Doctorate in his new found passion in computational water-environmental engineering (1974-76). He was subsequently awarded higher doctorate DEng and DSc(Eng) degrees from the universities of Birmingham (1992) and London (1994) respectively.

Roger then worked for a major international consulting company for a year, before pursuing his newly found passion for water and environmental engineering research, as a Lecturer in Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Birmingham (1977-86). He moved to the University of Bradford (1987-97), where he was appointed Professor of Water Engineering and founded the Environmental Hydraulics Research Group – one of the first of its kind internationally. He became Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1993, but moved to Cardiff University (1997-2018), where he was Professor of Water Management (now Emeritus Professor) and Founding Director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre (1997-14). Alongside his academic career Roger has always had close links with water engineering and environmental management companies and worked extensively on applied projects. While at the universities of Birmingham, Bradford and Cardiff his computational hydro-environmental models have been acquired by over 44 major consulting companies and applied to over 100 EIA studies.

Throughout his career he has been closely involved in flood risk modelling and management (including serving on high level Government committees), water quality modelling, major tidal energy projects, such as the Severn Barrage and tidal lagoons, and more recently water security. Roger is also a Director of Dragon River & Tidal Ltd and a Member of the Technical Advisory Board of Natural Energy Wyre. Further details of Roger’s engagement with projects are given in his CV and Project Consultancy List.

Roger’s Expertise

A highly published specialist in Water Engineering recognized globally in award-winning international practices covering all aspects of Water Engineering.

Flood Risk Management
Water Quality Modelling
River & Tidal Energy
Auditing of Water Models
Expert Witness In Water Management
Global Water Security


Here are a selection of  Roger’s projects which he has managed or been involved in. This is a guide to the services and project packages he offers to clients.

Past & Current Project Partners