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Dr Helen Smith

Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy

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Dr Helen Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy, and Director of Education and Student Experience for the undergraduate and postgraduate Renewable Energy programmes. Her research background is in resource and impact assessment for the marine environment, and the development of numerical tools to support ‘blue growth’ in areas such as marine energy and aquaculture through enhanced understanding of the wave and tidal environment and the potential impacts on the physical environment. Her work also contributes to the other research activity in the Offshore Renewable Energy group, which includes hydrodynamics and marine operations, offshore reliability, and offshore technology.

Helen leads a range of modules inclusing ‘Applied Computing for Energy Studies’ and ‘Marine Renewable Energy’ on the BEng/MEng Renewable Energy Engineering and BSc Sustainable Energy Futures programmes. She is Co-I for the EPSRC and NERC Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE), where she leads the ‘Marine Renewable Resource Assessment’ module.

Helen completed her PhD at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, entitled 'Modelling for resource and environmental impact assessments of wave farms'. She also holds an MSc Hydrography from the University of Plymouth and a BA Physics from the University of Oxford.


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  • McDonald A, Xiao Q, Forehand DIM, Smith H, Costello R. (2019) Initial development of a generic method for analysis of flexible membrane wave energy converters, Advances in Renewable Energies Offshore - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energies Offshore, RENEW 2018, pages 333-340.


  • Mackinnon K, Smith HCM, Moore F, der Weijde HV, Lazakis I. (2018) A solutions appraisal tool to address the environmental impacts of tidal lagoons, Proceedings of the Coastal Engineering Conference, volume 36, no. 2018.
  • Elliott K, Smith HCM, Moore F, van der Weijde AH, Lazakis I. (2018) A systematic review of transferable solution options for the environmental impacts of tidal lagoons, Marine Policy, volume 99, pages 190-200, DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.10.021.
  • Hardwick JP, Zheng S, Smith H, Fitch-Roy O, Williams J, Connor P, Sundaram S, Iglesias G. (2018) ICE report T1.4 - A Community Specific Assessment of Local Energy, INTERREG, University of Exeter.
  • Matthew GS, Fitch-Roy OWF, Connor PM, Woodman B, Thies P, Hussain E, Mahmood H, Abusara M, Yan X, Hardwick J. (2018) ICE report T2.1.2 - ICE general methodology, INTERREG, University of Exeter, 52 pages.
  • Haverson D, Bacon J, Smith HCM, Venugopal V, Xiao Q. (2018) Modelling the hydrodynamic and morphological impacts of a tidal stream development in Ramsey Sound, Renewable Energy, DOI:10.1016/j.renene.2018.03.084.
  • Hardwick J, Smith H, Fitch-Roy O, Connor PM, Sundaram S. (2018) ICE report T1.1.1: An overview of renewable energy supply potential, INTERREG, University of Exeter.
  • Draycott S, Noble DR, Davey T, Bruce T, Ingram DM, Johanning L, Smith HCM, Day A, Kaklis P. (2018) Re-creation of site-specific multi-directional waves with non-collinear current, Ocean Engineering, volume 152, pages 391-403, DOI:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2017.10.047. [PDF]



  • Elliott K, Smith HCM, Moore F, Lazakis I, Van Der Weijde H. (2016) Optimising tidal lagoon development: Environment and economics, 6th International Conference on Ocean Energy, Edinburgh, Uk, 23rd - 25th Feb 2016.
  • Crossley G, Parkinson S, Alexandre A, Smith HCM, Day AH. (2016) Virtual ADCP sampling of linear models for wave-current interaction, 3rd Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 24th - 28th Oct 2016.
  • Haverson D, Bacon J, Smith HCM, Venugopal V, Xiao Q. (2016) Modelling the impact of tidal energy on the benthic environment at Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire, GeoHab (Marine Biological and Biological Habitat Mapping) 2016, Winchester, Uk, 2nd - 6th May 2016.
  • MacKinnon K, Smith HCM, Moore F. (2016) Tidal Lagoon Environmental Interactions: Regulator Perspective, Solution Options and Industry Challenges, Engineering and Technology Reference, pages 1-10, DOI:10.1049/etr.2016.0125.
  • Naylor LA, Stephenson WJ, Smith HCM, Way O, Mendelssohn J, Cowley A. (2016) Geomorphological control on boulder transport and coastal erosion before, during and after an extreme extra‐tropical cyclone, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, volume 41, no. 5, pages 685-700, DOI:10.1002/esp.3900. [PDF]


  • Haverson D, Bacon J, Smith HCM, Venugopal V, Xiao Q. (2015) Cumulative impact assessment of tidal energy in the Irish Sea, 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Nantes, France, 6th - 11th Sep 2015.
  • Noble DR, Davey T, Smith HCM, Kaklis P, Robinson A, Bruce T. (2015) Characterisation of spatial variation in currents generated in the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Nantes, France, 6th - 11th Sep 2015.
  • Noble D, Davey T, Steynor J, Bruce T, Smith HCM, Kaklis P. (2015) Wave-current interactions at the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria, 12th - 17th Apr 2015.
  • Ruehl K, Porter A, Chartrand C, Smith HCM, Chang G, Roberts J. (2015) Development, Verification and Application of the SNL-SWAN Open Source Wave Farm Code, 11th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Nantes, France, 6th - 11th Sep 2015.
  • Harnois V, Smith HCM, Benjamins S, Johanning L. (2015) Assessment of entanglement risk to marine megafauna due to offshore renewable energy mooring systems, International Journal of Marine Energy, volume 11, pages 27-49, DOI:10.1016/j.ijome.2015.04.001.




  • Van-Nieuwkoop JCC, Smith HCM, Smith GH, Edwards KA. (2012) Effect of water depth on the wave energy resource and extreme wave conditions, 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy, Dublin, 17th - 19th Oct 2012.
  • Smith HCM, Ashton IGC, Van-Nieuwkoop J, Parish D, Johanning L. (2012) Wave resource assessment for the Falmouth Bay marine energy test site (FaBTest), 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy, Dublin, 17th - 19th Oct 2012.
  • Smith HCM, Pearce C, Millar DL. (2012) Further analysis of change in nearshore wave climate due to an offshore wave farm: An enhanced case study for the Wave Hub site, Renewable Energy, volume 40, no. 1, pages 51-64, DOI:10.1016/j.renene.2011.09.003.


  • Ingram D, Smith GH, Bittencourt-Ferreira C, Smith HCM. (2011) Protocols for the Equitable Assessment of Marine Energy Converters, University of Edinburgh, School of Engineering.


  • Naylor LA, Stephensn WJ, Mendelssohn J, Smith HCM, Cowley A. (2010) Rock coasts on the move: Boulder morphodynamics during the March 2008 storm, Wales UK, European Geophysical Union 2010 Assembly, Vienna, 2nd - 7th May 2010.
  • Davey T, Venugopal V, Ingram DM, Smith HCM. (2010) Site specific individual wave characterisation for marine energy applications, 29th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, Shanghai, 6th - 11th Jun 2010.


  • Smith HCM, Smith GH, Venugopal, V, Davey, T. (2009) Analysis of potential power output of a device using a wave-by-wave approach, 8th European Wave and Tidal Conference (EWTEC), Uppsala, 7th - 10th Sep 2009.


  • Smith HCM, Smith GH. (2008) Nearshore model calibration for wave energy resource and impact assessment, 2nd International Conference on Ocean Energy, Brest, 15th - 17th Oct 2008.


  • Smith HCM, Millar DL, Reeve DE. (2007) Generalisation of wave farm impact assessment on inshore wave climate, 7th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference, Porto, 11th - 14th Sep 2007.
  • Millar DL, Smith HCM, Reeve DE. (2007) Modelling analysis of the sensitivity of shoreline change to a wave farm, Ocean Engineering, volume 34, no. 5-6, pages 884-901, DOI:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2005.12.014.


  • Smith HCM, Millar DL. (2005) Design of a cost-effective seabed wave sensor, 5th BIEE Academic Conference, Oxford, 22nd - 23rd Sep 2005.

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