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Dr Rebecca Sharpe BSc, MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems


Rebecca Sharpe graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Geography. She then went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Urban Water Engineering and Management and a PhD in Water Engineering from the University of Sheffield.


Rebecca's first postdoctoral Position was as a Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield. Rebecca's main area of research focused on the management of water quality within distribution networks. Her research themes included investigations into the discolouration of potable water and the role of stagnation on water quality in distribution networks.

She then went on to gain industry experience working at Severn Trent Water as a Strategy Analyst where she helped to develop and influence strategies aimed at improving both infrastructure and non-infrastructure water related performance. Rebecca returned to academia working as a Research Associate in partnership with Kingfisher Future Homes focusing on the delivery of energy efficient products and services.

Dr Sharpe joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in 2014 continuing her research and teaching Data Analysis and Environmental Geography.


Research interests include

Water engineering - Research methods, water quality and energy efficiency
Domestic household energy efficiency
Open data
Data analysis


Journal articles

Sharpe, R., Biggs, C., & Boxall, J. (2019). Hydraulic conditioning to manage potable water discolouration. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management, 172 (1), 3-13.

Douterelo, I., Sharpe, R., Husband, S., Fish, K., & Boxall, J. (2019). Understanding microbial ecology to improve management of drinking water distribution systems. WIREs Water, 6 (1), e01325.

Hawkins, A., Sharpe, R., Spence, K., & Holmes, N. (2018). Inappropriate flushing of menstrual sanitary products. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management.

Goodchild, B., Sharpe, R., & Hanson, C. (2018). Between resistance and resilience: a study of flood risk management in the Don catchment area (UK). Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 20 (4), 434-449.

Ibekwe, A.M., Fish, K.E., Collins, R., Green, N.H., Sharpe, R., Douterelo, I., ... Boxall, J.B. (2015). Characterisation of the Physical Composition and Microbial Community Structure of Biofilms within a Model Full-Scale Drinking Water Distribution System. PLOS ONE, 10 (2), 1-22.

Douterelo, I., Sharpe, R., & Boxall, J. (2014). Bacterial community dynamics during the early stages of biofilm formation in a chlorinated experimental drinking water distribution system: implications for drinking water discolouration. Journal of applied microbiology, 117 (1), 286-301.

Furnass, W.R., Collins, R.P., Husband, P.S., Sharpe, R., Mounce, S.R., & Boxall, J.B. (2014). Modelling both the continual erosion and regeneration of discolouration material in drinking water distribution systems. Water Science & Technology: Water Supply, 14 (1), 81-90.

Douterelo, I., Sharpe, R.L., & Boxall, J.B. (2013). Influence of hydraulic regimes on bacterial community structure and composition in an experimental drinking water distribution system. WATER RESEARCH, 47 (2), 503-516.


Sharpe, R., Holmes, N., & Douterelo, I. (2016). A methodological proposal to investigate the long term storage of pollutants in freshwater sediment biofilms and their response to environmental disturbances. Presented at: British Society for Geomorphology Annual Meeting, Plymouth, 2016

Other activities

Dr Sharpe has experience of working in Water and Energy Sciences in both academia and industry. Her main focus is to develop industry applied research to areas of immediate concern in changing environments. Her expertise lies in innovative science that brings together multi-disciplinary knowledge, research and statistical methods.

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