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I conduct research into: Groundwater supplies from coastal aquifers Saline Intrusions in groundwater and in estuaries Sediment scour at bridges and in harbours The use of CFD to model hydraulics and water engineering applications SuDS


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I am currently the Head of Civil Engineering at Queens, part of the School on Natural and Built Environment, and a Professor of Hydraulics and Water Engineering.  Water is the key to life: too much of it (floods) and humanity struggles to survive, too little of it (droughts) and we die.  I have accumulated over 30 years of experience in research, developing and delivering teaching across all aspects of Civil Engineering hydraulics.   I have a track record of research funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), EU FP7, Innovate UK and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).  I currently lead on EPSRC funded research on saline intrusion (SI) into potable freshwater coastal aquifers.  With the increase in global population, and the shift of communities to coastal zones,  a shortage of water exists in many areas and prevention of salt contamination will directly address the global challenge of water supply.  My research is aimed at delivering methodologies and technologies to prevent contamination from occurring and is fundamental to the health and economy of many countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients, some of whom are collaborators on SI research.

Research Statement

My research encompasses the major areas of water research that impacts humanity.  The provision of fresh potable water to many growing coastal communities is essential for the preservation of life.  My work on Saline Intrusion into freshwater coastal aquifer addresses this fundamental problem.  The research that I undertake into flooding and flood damage, directly links to the development of Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS) and to scour protection for the bridges that form the backbone of our transport infrastructure. I hold research funning in all these areas ranging from EPSRC to industrially sponsored KTP programmes. I have published extensively in the major journals in my field, hold and have held editorial panel membership for several journals and am currently academic advisor to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.  I currently supervise 6 PhD students, four as first supervisor, three research staff and have supervised 22 previously successful PhD students.


As past Director of Education for Civil Engineering, and then for the School of Natural and Built Environment, I have extensive experience of both the delivery of teaching, the planning and accreditation of programmes and the development of innovations to improve the student’s educational experience.  I have taught at both UG and PGT levels on all aspects of Civil Engineering hydraulics and water engineering.  I have supervised design teams at stage 3 and 4 of our UG course and shared my research experience with students at both UG project and MSc dissertation levels.  I commissioned and developed the first learning glass studio (with picture in picture facilities) at QUB, an innovation in teaching that is being used by staff and that will be rolled out to students. I always seek to embrace teaching innovation and continue to work to make sure the student experience at Queens is second to none.

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Research Output

Scour Concerns for Short-Span Masonry Arch Bridges

Solan, B., Ettema, R., Ryan, D. & Hamill, G. A., Feb 2020, In : Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. 146, 2, 7 p., 06019019.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Temporal and spatial scour caused by external and internal counter-rotating twin-propellers using Acoustic Doppler Velocimetry

    Cui, Y., Lam, W-H., Robinson, D. & Hamill, G., 01 Apr 2020, In : Applied Ocean Research. 97, 15 p., 102093.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prediction of Seabed Scour Induced by Full-Scale Darrieus-Type Tidal Current Turbine

    Sun, C., Lam, W-H., Dai, M. & Hamill, G., 30 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 7, 10, 26 p., 342.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    96 Downloads (Pure)

    Scour Induced by Single and Twin Propeller Jet

    Cui, Y., Lam, W-H., Zhang, T., Sun, C. & Hamill, G., 25 May 2019, In : Water. 11, 5, 20 p., 1097.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    56 Downloads (Pure)

    Semi-empirical wake structure model of tidal turbine using joint axial momentum theory and DES-SA method

    Wang, S., Lam, W-H., Cui, Y., Zhang, T., Jang, J., Sun, C., Guo, J., Ma, Y. & Hamill, G., 01 Nov 2019, In : Ocean Engineering. 191, 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    David Hislop Prize

    Hamill, Gerard (Recipient), 2005

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Academic Advisor to Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

    Gerard Hamill (Recipient)

    03 Jan 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    Tianjin University

    Gerard Hamill (Advisor)

    May 2019

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Water (Journal)

    Gerard Hamill (Peer reviewer)

    14 Nov 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Civil Engineering Research in Ireland 2018 (Event)

    Gerard Hamill (Participant)

    29 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    CERI 2016

    Gerard Hamill (Invited speaker)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Meccano Big Bridge

    Gerard Hamill


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Other


    Hydrodynamics of Saltwater Intrusion in Heterogeneous Coastal Aquifers

    Author: Robinson, G., Dec 2017

    Supervisor: Ahmed, A. (Supervisor) & Hamill, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy