Research programme

Energy Systems

Simon Pollard


A member of the Executive, Professor Simon Pollard heads the School of Energy, Environment and Agrifood and is a prime contributor to University-wide initiatives.

Trained at Imperial College (Chemistry, 1987; Environmental Engineering, 1990), Professor Simon Pollard has held appointments in higher education (Alberta, Edinburgh and Cranfield Universities), environmental consultancy (Aspinwall & Company) and government agencies (Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Environment Agency).

Between 2004-2014, with colleagues, Professor Pollard developed Cranfield’s environmental capability into a prestigious force, funding new centres in integrated waste and resource management, environmental risk management (with Defra, EPSRC, ESRC and NERC) and environmental futures (with Defra). His research has been funded by EPSRC, NERC, ESRC and BBSRC, is widely published, and he is Editor for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ series on sustainable engineering.

Professor Pollard is a Chartered Engineer, Chemist and Environmentalist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. Over the course of his career, he has made contributions on risk science and practice to the professional and learned society committees (HMT Infrastructure Engineering and Interdependency Expert Group; Beringer Review of the Institute for Animal Health; the engineering institutions’ Hazards Forum; and the UK Interdepartmental Liaison Group on Risk Assessment). Professor Pollard has supported EPSRC’s engineering and sustainability strategy and his work has influenced the practice of risk management and policy within Government, among its agencies and in the international utility sector.