Blanca Antizar, PhD, Head of Business Unit - Water Consultancy at Isle Utilities Ltd

Blanca Antizar, PhD, Head of Business Unit - Water Consultancy at Isle Utilities Ltd

Dr Blanca Antizar was promoted to Head of Business Unit | Water Consulting at Isle Utilities (Isle)in October 2017 from her previous role as Head of Water Consulting at Isle since April 2015, where her role is to lead the Isle consultancy team through the successful sourcing and delivering of water consultancy projects.  She joined Isle from the University of Edinburgh where she was a Senior Lecturer (eq. Assoc. Prof.) in Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Chair of Health and Safety and International Exchange Coordinator after working as a Lead Process Engineer at Emerald Energy.

Blanca studied Chemical Engineering at the Universidad de Cantabria (Spain), Environmental Chemistry at Coventry University (UK) and completed a MSc in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment at Coventry University and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She joined the Imperial College London (UK) as a Research Associate in 2002 and held academic posts at University College London (UK) and University of Edinburgh where she was promoted to Assoc. Professor in 2011. In 2006 she moved to the Universidad de Cantabria (Spain) to take up the highly competent and prestigious Ramon y Cajal Fellowship to conduct research in environmental remediation. It is worth mention that while she held the Ramon y Cajal Fellowship, she published the paper “Environmental levels, toxicity and human exposure to tributyltin (TBT)-contaminated marine environment. A review” and a sole author, which has attracted a huge international attention with almost 400 citations to date. From initial research on the development of environmental technologies to clean-up aquifers, soils and sediments, Blanca’s research has expanded into the cross-disciplinary aspects of resource recovery, applications and implications of emerging technologies (i.e., nanotechnology) in the water and waste sectors.  This has led to funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, H2020 Work Programme amongst others. Blanca has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences and has edited the book “Water Production and Wastewater Treatment” (ISBN: 978-1-61728-503-5) in 2011 (h-index=22). Her innovative approach has been recognised through various international awards such as the Lady Davis Prize (Canada), Rieger JNF Fellowship in Environmental Studies (USA), Ramón y Cajal Fellowship (Spain), Water Engineering Award (UK) and most recently she has become a Fellow of the Young Academy of Scotland.

Blanca's work has had a strong international focus.  In addition to time spent working in Israel, Spain, and the UK, she has worked on collaborative projects in Portugal, Chile, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Cambodia, China and India. Blanca is a member of the International Water Association (IWA)since 2004, Secretary of the Specialist Group (SG) in Nano and Water – Application of Nanoparticles, Nanoengineered Materials and Nanotechnology; Member of the Management Committee of the Environmental Engineering Education SG, and previously Member of the Sanitation Connection SG and Young Water Professional. Blanca is a member of the Editorial Board for the international journals ‘Environment International’ (Elsevier; IF=5.9), ‘Water Science and Technology’ (IWA; IF=1.2), ‘Environmental Technology and Innovation’ (Elsevier; IF=0.2) and ‘WST: Water Supply’ (IWA; IF=1.2)