Dr Simon Hodgkinson BSc MSc PhD

Dr Simon Hodgkinson

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

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

Simon Hodgkinson’s research traverses the boundary between meteorology and engineering, with a specific focus on the resilience of infrastructure systems to weather and climate hazards. This research adopts a multidisciplinary approach, advancing our understanding of the complex interactions between infrastructure service performance, system user behaviour, and both day-to-day and ‘extreme’ weather patterns.


  • 2014-2019, PhD Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • 2012-2013, MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology, University of Birmingham
  • 2009-2012. BSc Geography, University of Birmingham


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.


Simon is involved with teaching and assessment of the following undergraduate and masters modules:

  • GGM314 Applied Micrometeorology
  • GGM203A Statistical Methods for Geographers


  • Hodgkinson, S. Jaroszweski, D. Quinn, A. and Chapman, L. (under revision) Single point of failure assessment methodology for evaluating railway network criticality. Manuscript submitted for publication to Transportation Research Part A – Policy and Practice.
  • Quinn, AD. Ferranti, EJS. Hodgkinson, SP. Jack, ACR. Beckford, J. and Dora, JM. (2018) Adaptation Becoming Business as Usual: A Framework for Climate-Change-Ready Transport Infrastructure. Infrastructures, 3(10).

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