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Dr Steven Mitchell

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc(Eng), PhD, CEng, MICE, MCIWEM, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth (UK) PO1 3AH
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2424
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  • Department: School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I joined the University in 2010, having previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Brighton and London South Bank University. Before entering academia I worked in a civil engineering design office and was involved mainly in coastal defence work in the UK and overseas. In total I have 13 years experience of teaching civil engineering fluid mechanics and hydraulics at undergraduate and postgraduate level and course management for civil engineering, course administration and supervision/tutoring of students at BEng, MEng, MSc and PhD

I am a Chartered Engineer and Corporate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), since 2001.

I have research experience of field work, data analysis and numerical modelling of civil engineering fluid mechanics and hydraulics, water quality and sediment transport processes, presenting at conferences and seminars worldwide, with over 40 refereed outputs to date and 3 successful research grant applications. Supervision of 7 PhD students (two to completion).

I have general civil engineering design and construction experience in the UK and overseas development work.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Water and Environmental Engineering (Level 4), Module Leader
  • Professional Development 3 (Level 6), Module Leader
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure (Level 6), Contributor
  • Water Infrastructure (Level 5), Contributor
  • Personal tutor (Level 4, 5 & 6)
  • Project supervisor (Level 6)
  • Environmental Management (Level 7 MEng), Contributor
  • Visits to students on placement

Research Interests

I am an active researcher in estuarine sediment transport processes including advancing understanding of the turbidity maximum and temporal and spatial evolution of vertical salinity gradients. Current focus on processes that occur over individual tidal cycles (R. Kaipara, N Zealand) and seasonal and annual cycles (R. Thames, UK).

I work as part of the environmental group at the University of Portsmouth where my work has involved advising on flow and sediment modelling of detention ponds.

I also have an interest in hydraulic structures including dam spillways where forthcoming research will address the problem of how to maximise energy loss for a given configuration of spillway and head.


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  • In-kind funding from NIWA, N Zealand to work collaboratively on sediment transport problems (approx £8k, 2013)


  • ECSA conference, Shanghai, China, October 2013
  • NIWA, Hamilton, N Zealand, March 2013
  • Guest lecture, Arnhem, Netherlands, December 2012
  • CEST conference, Rhodes, Greece, September 2011
  • Larssen and Toubro, Chennai, India, April 2011


  • Ongoing work with the Institution of Civil Engineers as professional reviewer for CEng and IEng and associated committee membership
  • Publications secretary, council of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association (ECSA)
  • Ongoing collaboration with National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), N Zealand
  • Annual series of lectures to students at Arnhem, Netherlands (Erasmus link)

Postgraduate Research Supervised

  • Alex Tsavdaris, "Detention pond monitoring and modelling"
  • Steve Bundy, "Engineering properties of chalk"
  • Michael Tay, "Coastal sediment transport modelling in Malaysia"

Achievement and Recognition

  • Chartered Civil Engineer
  • Guest Editor for special issues of Hydrobiologia, Ocean and Coastal Management, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science


  • Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE)
  • Member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

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