Professor Nigel Wright was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester in September 2015. He joined DMU from the University of Leeds where he was Head of the School of Civil Engineering. In February 2016 he was also appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, a role which now undertakes exclusively since February 2017
Nigel studied Mathematics at the University of Bristol and completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds. He joined the University of Nottingham as a Lecturer in 1993 and was ultimately promoted to a personal Chair in 2005. In 2006 he moved to the Netherlands to take up the Chair of Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development at UNESCO-IHE and TU Delft. He moved to Leeds in 2009. From initial research on the use of computers to predict the movement of fluids in the natural and built environment, Nigel’s research has expanded into the cross-disciplinary aspects of flood risk management and climate change adaptation. This has led to funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council amongst others. Nigel has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Along with co-authors, in 2009 he was awarded the Harold Schoemaker Award of the IAHR for the best journal paper in the period 2007-9.
Nigel’s work has had a strong international focus. In addition to time spent working in the US and the Netherlands, he has worked on collaborative projects in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mocambique, Argentina, China and India. He is currently a Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences working with the CAS Institute for Mountain Hazard and Environment and Sichuan University.
Nigel is a native of the East Midlands having grown up in Nottingham. He is a keen runner and maintains a strong interest in national and international politics. You can follow him on twitter @DMUDeanTech .