Dr Caspar Hewett

Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Newcastle University; Director, The Great Debate

Dr Caspar Hewett is the director of The Great Debate, a community organisation that has maintained a space for public debate in the North East of England since 1998 (http://www.thegreatdebate.org.uk/). He is a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University and is Degree Programme Director for the Euroaquae Masters Programme, as well as being an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Geography at Durham University. He has over thirty years of research experience in academia, industry and the private sector and has taught and lectured a variety of subjects including Global Water Resources, numerical methods, hydraulics, catchment management, Geographical Information Systems, mathematics, market research techniques, engineering ethics, philosophy of science and environmental issues. He is an associate member of the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College and his current research focuses on engineering interventions to improve the environment.

Caspar was a founder member of the North East of England’s United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development and was Director of its co-ordinating body from 2011 to 2013. He is passionate about development and a champion of the notion of progress and has written about topics from the European Convention on Human Rights to Condorcet.

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