Dr Simon J Dixon BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Simon J Dixon

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Geography

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Simon is an interdisciplinary lecturer in geography with broad research interests around human interactions with water and landscapes.  Much of his work focuses on “Anthropocene geomorphology” - unique landforms resulting from interactions between human activities and natural processes. Examples include how waste plastic is being incorporated into sediments and fluvial transport processes, and the effects of geomorphological processes in cities producing hybrid human/natural landforms.

Simon is part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics.  This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, philosophers, linguists, economists, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.


  • PhD, University of Southampton, 2014
  • MSc (Distinction) River Environmental Management, 2009
  • BSc (Hons.) Chemistry, University of Birmingham, 1997 


  • Second Year – Geomatics and GIS (module leader)
  • Turkey Field Course
  • Third Year - River Processes & Deposits

Other activities

  • Member of British Society for Geomorphology
  • Member of European Geophysical Union
  • Member of the British Hydrological Society


Recent publications


Davies, M, Kristunas, CA, Huddlestone, L, Alshreef, A, Bodicoat, D, Dixon, S, Eborall, H, Glab, A, Hudson, N, Khunti, K, Martin, G, Northern, A, Patterson, M, Pritchard, R, Schreder, S, Stribling, B, Turner, J & Gray, LJ 2020, 'Increasing uptake of structured self-management education programmes for type 2 diabetes in a primary care setting: a feasibility study', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 6, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-020-00606-0

McKay, D, Stanes, E, Githua, N, Lei, X & Dixon, S 2020, 'On global plasticity: framing the global through affective materiality', New Global Studies, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 307.

Sambrook-Smith, G & Dixon, S 2019, 'The sedimentology of river confluences', Sedimentology, vol. 66, no. 2, pp. 391-407. https://doi.org/10.1111/sed.12504

Dixon, SJ, Sear, DA & Nislow, KH 2018, 'A conceptual model of riparian forest restoration for natural flood management', Water and Environment Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/wej.12425

Dixon, S, Sambrook-Smith, G, Best, JL, Nicholas, A, Bull, J, Vardy, ME, Sarker, MH & Goodbred, S 2018, 'The planform mobility of river channel confluences: Insights from analysis of remotely sensed imagery', Earth Science Reviews, vol. 176, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.09.009

Horton, A & Dixon, S 2017, 'Microplastics: An introduction to environmental transport processes', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1268

Dixon, S, Viles, H & Garrett, B 2017, 'Ozymandias in the Anthropocene: the city as an emerging landform', Area. https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12358

Dixon, S, Kettridge, N, Moore, PA, Devito, KJ, Tilak, A, Petrone, R, Mendoza, C & Waddington, JM 2017, 'Peat depth as a control on moss water availability under evaporative stress', Hydrological Processes. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.11307

Dixon, S 2016, 'A dimensionless statistical analysis of logjam form and process', Ecohydrology. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.1710

Dixon, S 2016, 'The effects of river restoration on catchment scale flood risk and flood hydrology', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.3919

Tooth, S, Viles, H, Dickinson, A, Dixon, S, Falcini, A, Griffiths, H, Hawkins, H, Lloyd-Jones, J, Ruddock, J, Thorndycraft, V & Whalley, B 2016, 'Visualizing geomorphology: improving communication of data and concepts through engagement with the arts', Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, vol. 41, no. 12, pp. 1793-1796. https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.3990

Dixon, SJ & Sear, DA 2014, 'The influence of geomorphology on large wood dynamics in a low gradient headwater stream', Water Resources Research, pp. n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1002/2014WR015947


Dixon, S 2020, Landscape Processes as Site Context. in A Kahn & B Carol J (eds), Site Matters: Strategies for Uncertainty Through Planning and Design. Routledge.

Other contribution

Evans, C, Morrison, R, Burden, A, Williamson, J, Baird, A, Brown, E, Callaghan, N, Chapman, P, Cumming, A, Dean, H, Dixon, S, Dooling, G, Evans, J, Gauci, V, Grayson, R, Haddaway, N, He, Y, Heppell, K, Holden, J, Hughes, S, Kaduk, J, Jones, D, Matthews, R, Menichino, N, Misselbrook, T, Page, S, Pan, G, Peacock, M, Rayment, M, Ridley, L, Robinson, I, Rylett, D, Scowen, M, Stanley, K & Worrall, F 2016, Final report on project SP1210: Lowland peatland systems in England and Wales – evaluating greenhouse gas fluxes and carbon balances..

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