Dr Encarnacion Medina-Lopez

Chancellor's Fellow



1.13 Alexander Graham Bell building

Engineering Discipline: 

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment

Research Theme: 

  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Engineering
Dr Encarni Medina-Lopez
Dr Encarni Medina-Lopez


I am a Chancellor's Fellow in Data Driven Innovation. My current work focuses on the study of the water-energy-environment trilemma using satellite data. I hold a PhD in Energy Systems & Dynamics of Biogeochemical Flows (Universities of Edinburgh and Granada). With a background in Civil Engineering and Environmental Hydraulics, I have experience in experimental and analytical modelling, data analysis, and Computational Fluid Dynamics.

I started my studies in Ingenieria de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (MEng Civil & Environmental Engineering) at the University of Granada (Spain) in 2008. As a final degree project, I studied the wave-structure interaction in a wave basin. In 2013 I started a MSc in Environmental Hydraulics, submitting a thesis on thermodynamic effects and experimental design for Wells turbines. I moved in 2014 to Oxford, where I worked as a Researcher in Coastal Structures at HR Wallingford. During my time at HR Wallingford, I developed my CFD skills, analysing the effect of storms in breakwaters and wave energy converters. In 2015 I was awarded a Talentia Fellowship to do a joint PhD at the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the University of Granada. My PhD thesis studied the effect of humidity in wave energy performance.  From 2017, I worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Marine Energy within the School of Engineering's Policy & Innovation Group. I studied the life cycle and techno-economics of marine energy converters, as well as the numerical modelling of ocean energy arrays. In September 2018, I was awarded a Chancellor's Fellowship in Data Driven innovation by the University of Edinburgh.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • PhD Energy Systems & Dynamics of Biogeochemical Flows. University of Edinburgh and University of Granada (Spain), 2015 - 2017.
  • MSc in Environmental Hydraulics. Universities of Granada, Malaga and Cordoba (Spain), 2013 - 2014.
  • MEng Civil Engineering. University of Granada (Spain), 2008 - 2013.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • IMarEST, student membership.

Research Interests: 

  • Remote sensing for environmental applications.
  • Maritime and coastal engineering.
  • Marine Renewable Energy.
  • Hydraulics, Thermodynamics and CFD.
  • Civil Engineering.


  • Ocean and Coastal Engineering.
  • Environmental Hydraulics.
  • Wave Energy.
  • CFD.
  • Thermodynamics.