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Kate joined the University of Dundee in 2018 as a Lecturer responsible for teaching Graduate Apprentices about water, fluid mechanics, engineering design and work-based learning. Before becoming an academic, Kate worked as a civil engineering designer on a wide range of water and infrastructure projects. As well as the design of infrastructure, she worked as part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand Province to develop the capabilities of Afghan engineering organisations responsible for irrigation canals. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, with her doctoral work focused on bringing engineering design expertise and judgement to archaeological work to deepen the understanding of how the city of Constantinople managed its complex water supply infrastructure. Kate is a chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Academic background

  • 2021 PGCAPHE, University of Dundee
  • 2018 PhD Civil Engineering, University of Edinburgh
  • An engineering exploration of the water supply system of Constantinople
  • 2008 MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering with European Studies, University of Strathclyde

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Civil Engineer, CEng MICE


Kate’s research interests include city infrastructure systems, ancient water infrastructure, sustainability, and the role of engineering judgement in design.


Current modules that Kate delivers include:

  • GA10001 Engineering Practice, Engineering Mathematics and Work-based Learning
  • GA20001 Fluid Mechanics, Engineering Mathematics
  • GA30001 Fluid Mechanics, Work-based Learning and Concept Design
  • GA40001 Water Resources