Dr John Davies

Dr John Davies

Lecturer (Education)

School of Engineering (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer in Civil Engineering


BSc Civil Engineering, Swansea University, 1971
MSc, Civil Engineering, Swansea University, 1973
PhD, Modelling drainage systems, CNAA, 1991
MA, Higher Education, Coventry University, 2007

Worked for eight years in civil engineering on the design and construction of drainage schemes, qualifying during that period as a Chartered Engineer. Then switched to an academic career, first at the University of Westminster, then at Coventry University becoming Head of Department of Built Environment and Professor of Civil Engineering. Working at Plymouth since 2013.

Professional membership

Chartered Engineer, MICE (1976), FICE (2007)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellow (2012)

Teaching interests

Hydraulics, Water Management, Civil Engineering

Research interests

Drainage and SUDS. Engineering education.

Key publications are highlighted

Davies JW 2014 'Editorial' Engineering Education 9, (1) 1-1 , DOI
Rossiter A & Davies JW 2013 'Editorial' Engineering Education 8, (2) 1-1 , DOI
Davies JW & Hawwash K 2013 'Collecting and presenting guidance on transition, induction and retention of students in HE STEM' Engineering Education 8, (1) 31-41 , DOI
Davies JW 2013 'Editorial' Engineering Education 8, (1) 1-1 , DOI
Davies JW 2013 'Using Students with Current Industry Experience to Evaluate Course Delivery' INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION 29, (5) 1199-1204 Author Site
Davies J 2012 'Editorial' Engineering Education 7, (2) 1-1 , DOI
Davies JW & Rutherford U 2012 'Learning from fellow engineering students who have current professional experience' European Journal of Engineering Education 37, (4) 354-365 , DOI
Davies J 2012 'Editorial' Engineering Education 7, (1) 1-1 , DOI
Boyle J, Davies J, Dickens J, Dungworth N & Collins K 2011 'Editorial' Engineering Education 6, (1) 1-1 , DOI
González-Angullo N, Castro D, Rodríguez-Hernández J & Davies JW 2008 'Runoff infiltration to permeable paving in clogged conditions' Urban Water Journal 5, (2) 117-124 , DOI
Ashley R, Blackwood D, Butler D, Jowitt P, Davies J, Smith H, Gilmour D & Oltean-Dumbrava C 2008 'Making Asset Investment Decisions for Wastewater Systems That Include Sustainability' Journal of Environmental Engineering 134, (3) 200-209 , DOI
Ashley R, Blackwood D, Souter N, Hendry S, Moir J, Dunkerley J, Davies J, Butler D, Cook A 2005 'Sustainable Disposal of Domestic Sanitary Waste' Journal of Environmental Engineering 131, (2) 206-215 , DOI
Butler D, Jowitt P, Ashley R, Blackwood D, Davies J, Oltean-Dumbrava C, McIlkenny G, Foxon T, Gilmour D 2003 'SWARD: decision support processes for the UK water industry' Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal 14, (4) 444-459 , DOI
Butler D, Davies JW, Jefferies C & Schütze M 2003 'Gross solid transport in sewers' Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water and Maritime Engineering 156, (2) 175-183 , DOI
Davies JW, Butler D & Xu YL 1996 'Gross Solids' Movement in Sewers: Laboratory Studies as a Basis for a Model' Water and Environment Journal 10, (1) 52-58 , DOI
Alsaluli A, Ahmed A & Davies J 2015 Public engagement in integrated urban water management in Saudi Arabia: teachers' perceptions in relation to water awareness. 15 Author Site , DOI
2014 'Urbanisation and Stormwater' Water Resources in the Built Environment: Management Issues and Solutions 211-222 , DOI
Conference Papers
2014 'Activity led learning and developing professional judgement capacity in undergraduate learners'
2014 'Early career female engineers: Influences and challenges'
Wilson-Medhurst S & Davies J 2012 'A study of a multi-discipline built environment project'
Mills P 2012 'Part-time students in the workforce - Enhancing practice in course provision'
2012 'Using part-time students as mentors'
2011 'The design approach and Activity-Led Learning' 187-192
2008 'The experiences of part-time students in civil engineering compared with those of full-time students'
2008 'Using part-time students to improve the student experience'
2007 'Experimental study of HDPE material used for pervious pavement components' , DOI
Davies J & Arlett C 2006 'Essay competitions - Valuable feedback from engineering students' 162-166
2006 'Quality assurance and UK-SPEC - Avoiding 'them and us'' 287-292
Balmforth DJ, Davies J & Schütze M 2002 'A model to predict the temporal distribution of gross solids loading in combined sewerage systems' 1-13
Schlüter W, Jefferies C & Butler D 2002 'Laboratory and field studies to support a model of gross solids transport in sewers' 1-9
2002 'Laboratory study of permeable pavement systems to support hydraulic modelling' 1-9
Foxon T, Gilmour D, Smith H, Cavill S, Leach M, Pearson P, Gouda H, Samson W, Souter N, et. al 2002 'Making more sustainable decisions for asset investment in the water industry - Sustainable water industry asset resource decisions - The SWARD project' 1-16
Ashley RM, Souter N, Butler D, Davies J, Dunkerly J & Hendry S 1999 'Assessment of the sustainability of alternatives for the disposal of domestic sanitary waste' , DOI
Davies JW, Almeida MC & Butler D 1999 'Modelling in-sewer changes in wastewater quality under aerobic conditions' , DOI
Davies J, Butler D, Small JL, Sekuloski V & Jefferies C 1998 'Gross solids transport and degradation' , DOI
1996 'Disposal of domestic sanitary waste: an issue for environmental engineers, students and the public'
Brown DM, Butler D, Orman NR & Davies JW 1996 'Gross solids transport in small diameter sewers' , DOI
Davies JW, Xu Y & Butler D 1996 'Laboratory study and computer model development related to gross solids' movement in combined sewers' , DOI