Dr. Royce Francis leads the SEED research group-Strategic [urban] Ecologies, Engineering, and Decision-making. Currently, SEED is focusing on decision-analytic sustainability measurement in infrastructure systems, risk-based management of drinking water infrastructure rehabilitation and renewal, and integration of decision modeling with life cycle cost assessment methodologies for evaluating vulnerability of infrastructure systems to natural hazards. Dr. Francis is a member of the Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Society for Risk Analysis where he serves as the 2012 Engineering Infrastructure Specialty Group (EISG) Chair.
Dr. Francis' research and professional interests are at the interface between environmental and sustainability engineering and policy, including:
- Risk and occurrence assessment of emerging contaminants;
- Bayesian statistical modeling;
- Water infrastructure development, resilience, and sustainability
- Infrastructure systems analysis;
- Regulatory risk analysis