Simon Hodgkinson has a background in Geography and Meteorology, having completed both Undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Birmingham. In 2014, Simon returned to the University to complete a PhD in Civil Engineering, where his doctoral thesis aimed to identify performance-critical ‘single points of failure’ within interdependent infrastructure systems, allowing system owners/operators to make more informed decisions for resource allocation to network locations.
Simon is currently working as a Research Fellow on the WeatherSense+ project, with Professor Lee Chapman and a consortium involving Emu Analytics and Amey. WeatherSense+ aims to combine real-time mobile phone data, transport data and weather data to develop an application that will allow local authorities and transport operators to better understand the travel behaviour and movement of system users during weather events. Anticipating weather-related network performance allows organisations to improve operational planning and optimise resilience activities.