UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Prof Luiza Campos

Prof Luiza Campos

Professor of Environmental Engineering

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2007

Research summary

My research focuses on design and evaluation of cost-effective water/sanitation technologies and interventions to reduce environmental pollution and improve public health and wellbeing. 

Research areas:

(1) Advancing developments in water treatment technologies

(2) Exploring interlinkages in the water nexus

(3) Promoting improvements in sanitation, hygiene and health 

Research interests:

- Removal of micropollutants (e.g. microplastics/microfibers, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, PFOS/PFAS) from water

- Ecological processes e.g. s slow sand filtration, biosand filtration, ecological purification system, constructed wetlands, vertical hydroponics

- Photocatalysis and photolysis

- Adsorbents e.g. biochar, GAC/PAC

- Small scale microbial fuel cells for wastewater remediation

- Container-based sanitation

- Decentralised and closed-loop technologies

- Water reuse technologies and strategies

- Climate change adaptions

- Nature-based solutions

- Sanitation associated risks and diseases

Present and past collaborators:

- Federal Institute of Pernambuco (IFP, Brazil), Universidade Federal da Paraiba (UFBA, Brazil), University of Porto (UP, Portugal), Federal Institute of Goias (IFG, Brazil), University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil),  Universidade Federal de Vicosa (Brazil), Universidade Estadual Paulista (Brazil), Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (Brazil), University of North Texas (USA), Chynhoi University of Technology (Zimbabwe), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique),  Kyungnam University (South Korea), National University of Sciences & Technology – NUST  (Pakistan), University Lahore (Pakistan), University of West of England, University of Portsmouth, University of West London, Solent University, University of Exeter, Kingston University, Greenwich University.

- ICLEI-Africa, International Water Association - IWA, CLASS-A, ifak Institut Automation und Kommunikation, Thames Water (UK), Southern Water (UK), Thames21 (UK), Arup (UK), IMC (UK), Atkins (UK), Engineers Without Borders (UK), LEAPmicro AD (UK), BNC (UK), SANEPAR (Brazil), Calthorpe Community Gardens (UK), Rothamsted Research (UK), National Chemical Laboratory (Pune, India), Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology-CMET (Pune, India).

Teaching summary

Water and Wastewater Treatment (CEGE3020/G028/M028) now (CEGE0022)

Appropriate Technologies in Practice (CEGEG138)  now (CEGE0055)

Environmental Engineering Design (CEGEM067/G067)

Environmental Systems (CEGEM010/G016)

Public Health Engineering (CIVL3009)


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2002
University of Sao Paulo
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1992
Catholic University of Goias
First Degree, Bachelor of Engineering | 1989


I am a civil engineer with PhD in Environmental Engineering by Imperial College London and MSc in Water and Sanitation by the Sao Carlos School of Engineering of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I am specializing in water technologies for decentralized systems.

I have worked for 10 years in a state water company in Brazil where I gained practical experience on operation and maintenance of large urban water systems and optimization programmes of water treatment works of small communities.

I switched from industry to academia because I enjoy teaching and research. I have taught water and wastewater treatment for engineering degrees for 25 years both in Brazil and now in the UK where I am a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering of University College London.

My research focus on designing, implementation and evaluation of cost-effective water technologies and interventions to reduce environmental pollution and improve public health and wellbeing. I have also experience in modelling and simulation of slow sand filtration, and co-developed NewSan - a prototype to simulate nutrients and energy fluxes on the sanitation chain.