Professor Julien Harou is Chair in Water Engineering since November 2013. Previously he was a lecturer at University College London in Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. Julien has a PhD from the University of California Davis in water resources management and economics and an MEng from Cornell University in Environmental Systems Engineering.
His research area is water resources planning and management. His group designs approaches and builds tools to help governments, water agencies and utilities better manage water resources in the UK and worldwide. His research focuses on managing water scarcity and planning infrastructure investments using hydro-economic and multi-criteria approaches.
Recent collaborators include the World Bank, IUCN, TNC, UK water regulators (EA, Ofwat), UK water companies, WWF, DEFRA, the European Commission, and various consultants. In 2010 he received a NASA Launch Innovator award for his group's contributions to water management and open software. Julien has an honorary appointment at UCL.