Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is Professor of Bioresource Systems and is Head of the Environmental and Water Resource Engineering Section in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London; prior to joining Imperial he was a Senior Scientist at WRc. Previously he was Director of the MSc Degree Course in Environmental Engineering until 2016 and was Year Coordinator for the Final Year of the MEng Degree Course in Civil Engineering until 2012. Stephen has 30 years of experience investigating the treatment and agronomic properties of sludges and organic wastes recycled to land and their environmental impact, including nutrients, potentially toxic elements, organic contaminants and pathogens. He is Principal Investigator for a major programme of research for the UK Food Standards Agency on the potential transfer and uptake of organic contaminants into food from the use of recycled waste in agriculture. Stephen is also Chair of the Mogden Technical Working Group for Thames Water supporting community engagement in the redevelopment of the second largest wastewater treatment plant in the UK. Stephen has worked extensively overseas on the problems of sewage sludge treatment, disposal and recycling on farmland, notably in Egypt and Australia. He has written over 250 scientific papers, reports and publications for Government and Industry on sewage sludge and biowaste management practices and environmental impacts, including a standard reference text book on recycling biosolids in agriculture. Stephen has given invited contributions and key note lectures at major international meetings on biosolids and waste management in the US, Canada, China, Australia, Greece, Italy and Cyprus. He participated in the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in the Agricultural Landscapes of Canada. Stephen is Guest Editor of a Special Issue for the Open Access journal, Agriculture, on Recycling Organic Wastes in Agriculture and for a Special Issue on Wastewater and Algae for Algal Research. Stephen is a member of the Wastewater and Biosolids Panel of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), and is also a member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).