Governance and Executive Board

Prof. Jim Hall

Chair of DAFNI Governance Board

Professor Jim Hall FREng (DAFNI Principal Investigator) is Director of the Environmental Change Institute, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the School of Geography and the Environment, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science and fellow of Linacre College.

Prof. Stuart Barr

Professor of Geospatial Systems Engineering

Stuart (DAFNI co-investigator) is Director of the Spatial Analytics and Modelling Lab at Newcastle University. His work focuses on the use of geospatial data and methods for integrated urban-infrastructure systems research.

Prof. Daniel Coca

Dr Elisabete A Silva

Dr Stephen Hallett

Associate Professor in Environmental Informatics

Dr Stephen Hallett is Associate Professor in Environmental Informatics at Cranfield University. He has long-standing research expertise in modelling environmental geohazards and the application of spatial, policy-oriented decision-support systems, GIS approaches and informatics to environmental science with particular reference to soil resource systems.

Prof. Julien Harou

Prof. Liz Varga

Professor Liz Varga is Director of the Complex Systems Research Centre, Infrastructure Systems group head, Professor of Complex Infrastructure Systems in the School of Management, Cranfield University. She is a complexity scientist passionate about achieving positive outcomes for society from engineered systems.

Prof. Michael Batty

Michael Batty FRS FBA is Professor of Planning at UCL where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). His work is focussed on computer models of cities and their visualisation. His most recent book Inventing Future Cities is published by MIT Press (2018) and his research is at

Prof. Nigel Cassidy

Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering

Professor Nigel Cassidy is Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Birmingham and Deputy Director of the UKCRIC National Buried Infrastructure Facility

Dr Simon Blainey

Simon Blainey (DAFNI co-investigator) is a Lecturer in Transportation at the University of Southampton. His research interests centre on understanding, modelling and visualising the interdependencies between transport and other human and natural systems.

Dr Theodoros Tryfonas

Dr Theo Tryfonas MBCS CITP, FRSA is a Reader in Smart Cities with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol, with a background in systems engineering, software development and cyber security. His research extends to secure and resilient operation of the Internet of Things, energy-efficient wireless sensor networks, privacy and data protection in mobile computing and open data architectures for smart buildings and infrastructure.

Miriam Mendes

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The team offers a breadth of experience across a range of subjects areas, in particular project management, software engineering, systems architecture and design, mathematical modelling, visualisation and community building.

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