School of Civil Engineering and Surveying


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Dr Steven Mitchell

  • Qualifications: BSc MSc(Eng) PhD PgCert CEng FICE FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 2424
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  • Department: School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I joined the University in 2010, having previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Brighton and London South Bank University. Before entering academia I worked in a civil engineering design office and was involved mainly in coastal defence work in the UK and overseas. In total I have 15 years experience of teaching civil engineering fluid mechanics and hydraulics at undergraduate and postgraduate level and course management for civil engineering, course administration and supervision/tutoring of students at BEng, MEng, MSc and PhD

I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

I have research experience of field work, data analysis and numerical modelling of civil engineering fluid mechanics and hydraulics, water quality and sediment transport processes, presenting at conferences and seminars worldwide, with over 40 refereed outputs to date and 3 successful research grant applications. Supervision of 7 PhD students (two to completion).

I have general civil engineering design and construction experience in the UK and overseas development work.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Water and Environmental Engineering (Level 4), Module Leader
  • Professional Development 3 (Level 6), Module Leader
  • Energy Resources and Infrastructure (Level 6), Contributor
  • Water Infrastructure (Level 5), Contributor
  • Personal Tutor (Level 4, 5 & 6)
  • Project Supervisor (Level 6)
  • Environmental Management (Level 7 MEng), Contributor
  • Visits to students on placement


I am an active researcher in estuarine sediment transport processes including advancing understanding of the turbidity maximum and temporal and spatial evolution of vertical salinity gradients.

My current focus is on:

  • Processes that occur over individual tidal cycles (R. Kaipara, N Zealand) and seasonal and annual cycles (R. Thames, UK)
  • Environmental aspects and other issues related to development of tidal power schemes
  • Use of numerical models for hydrodynamics, solute and sediment modelling in coastal and estuarine areas
  • Use of laboratory flumes to estimate sediment fluxes and circulation patterns under waves and tidal currents

Research profile

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