Although Prof Falconer remains in close contact with Cardiff University in his role as Emeritus Professor of Water Engineering, he now resides in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
Prof Falconer graduated as a civil engineer, and has since spent over 40 years in academia, specialising in water and environmental engineering and acquiring extensive research experience in developing and applying computational hydro-environmental models for environmental impact assessment studies and engineering design.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. At Cardiff he founded the Hydro-environmental Research Centre and managed the Department of Civil Engineering at his previous university (Bradford). He was a member of the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) and Chair of the Civil and Construction Engineering Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). He was elected President and Honorary Member (2017) of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research – IAHR (2011-15).
He has published extensively in the field of computational hydro-environmental modelling and has delivered numerous keynote and external lectures world-wide. He has worked extensively on providing specialist advice, to industry and government departments, on a wide range of water environmental impact assessment (EIA) projects, both in the UK and overseas; for example, he was involved in an international high profile court case (Malaysia v. Singapore, 2003) and in the follow up EIA study. He has also interacted extensively with consulting engineering companies and regulatory agencies, through the provision of his hydro-environmental computer models.
He has also participated extensively in TV and Press interviews, on a wide range of topics, most notably: the Severn Barrage, tidal lagoons, flooding, and global water security etc.