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Environment & Geography PhD and MSc Supervisors

The following staff welcome inquiries from potential students seeking supervision for a PhD or MSc By Research in Environment & Geography

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Name Research Interest
Dr Gideon Baffoe
Livelihood and environmental change; sustainability assessment; vulnerability and resilience; sustainable cities and neighbourhood; urban-rural nexus; climate change adaptation; informality; food security; urban and rural development
Prof Alistair Boxall
Professor Boxall is interested in hearing from self-funded students or students who have a scholarship who wish to pursue a PhD on any topic relating to the the detection, effects and risks of emerging chemical contaminants (such as pharmaceuticals, nanomaterials, polymers and degradates) in the natural environment.
Prof Nicola Carslaw
Research interests cover topics related to indoor air quality, particularly understanding the chemistry that drives indoor air pollution. Research is based on existing models that have been constructed and used by the group. Projects could include understanding the impacts of cooking, cleaning and air freshener use on indoor air chemistry, as well as the impacts of interventions such as air cleaning technology. Finally, joint projects are possible with colleagues working in health and social sciences, as well as in architecture.

Dr Darpan Das

Measurements and modeling of air pollution; exposure assessment of stressors/ pollutants, waste to energy conversion using the thermo-chemical conversion pathway. Prospective candidates will use a combination of measurement and modeling techniques to address a diverse set of air quality challenges.
Prof Andy Dougill
African Food Systems and Climate Change Adaptations in Dryland Farming Systems
Prof Lisa Emberson Modelling air pollution and climate change impacts on arable crops, modelling land surface exchange processes, agricultural adaptation to climate change, air quality mitigation policy, carbon sequestration of forest ecosystems. 
Prof Ioan Fazey Supporting systemic change and transformations to bring about new kinds of regenerative futures in organisations, sectors, geographical regions; Action oriented research and transdisciplinary methods where research is used to support change; Transforming formalized knowledge creation systems and institutions (including renewal of Universities); Deep personal transformations and experiential methods to stimulate this; Designing transformational approaches and business models; Transformational capacity building and education.

Dr Ed Garrett

Palaeoenvironmental reconstructions from the coastal zone, particularly relating to earthquakes, tsunamis, relative sea-level change and blue carbon.
Prof. Roland Gehrels Sea-level change and palaeosea-level reconstructions, holocene palaeoecology and palaeoclimate, salt-marsh studies, intertidal micropalaeontology
Dr Adam Green Dr Adam S. Green specialises in using social, environmental and economic data from the past to help solve global challenges in the present. His work focuses on inequality in the archaeological record of South Asia, and he employs a wide range of archaeological, computational, remote sensing and GIS-based methods. He would welcome PhD or PGT students interested in either of these theoretical or methodological foci, or any combination of sustainability, inequality, agriculture, development, human economies, food security, water and/or resource governance.
Dr Anika Haque
Urban Geography (Urban resilience, Poverty; Inequality; Development); Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation; Community based adaptation; Disaster Risk Reduction; Gender vulnerability as well as those with empirical interests in Urban South Asia.
Dr Andreas Heinemeyer
Peatlands, Ecosystem ecology, Measurements and modelling of climate change and management impacts, Organic soils, Soil hydrology, Water quality, Carbon storage, Greenhouse gas emissions, Methane fluxes, vegetation dynamics, plant-soil processes and soil biota
Dr Jon Hill Numerical modelling of coastal processes, including tsunami, tides, storms. Sedimentological processes, especially integrating into models.  Novel numerical techniques 
Prof Mark Hodson Soil science, earthworm ecology, agriculture, climate change, pollution, contamination, remediation, ecotoxicology, geochemistry, mineralogy 
Dr Paul Hudson Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, Impacts, and Risk Reduction, Economics of Nature-based solutions, Perceptions and Understanding of Risk
Dr Eleanor Jew
Land use change/agriculture/biodiversity conservation, climate smart agriculture, natural resource use, ecosystem services
Resources extraction, urban and environmental change, energy geography, low-carbon transitions. Also, disaster risk reduction, migration and displacement, community-led planning, and urban governance and planning.

Economic geographies of sustainable finance and corporate sustainability, especially in emergent economies, green digitalisation and green fintech, (Mis)communication of climate and environmental science and Social perception of anthropogenic environmental change.

Prof Robert Marchant
Ecosystem change, forest conservation, participatory scenarios, ecosystem service assessment, impacts of climate change on species distribution, role of green infrastructure in cities, Palaeoecology, Ecosystem carbon assessments
Dr Simon Mair
I welcome PhD students interested in critical and heterodox approaches to transforming the economy for sustainability. This includes: ecological, marxist, and feminist approaches to environment-economy analyses; links between labour and environmental issues under capitalism and alternative systems; studies of post-growth, post-capitalist, and degrowth futures.
Dr Colin McClean

Application of GIS/Spatial analysis to: species distribution modelling; habitat connectivity; reserve design algorithms; climate risk to flooding and crop distributions; land use and land cover mapping; health statistics & environmental datasets; wind and solar power potential mapping.

Dr Rob Mills

Ecosystem ecology and soil biogeochemistry. Focus on mountain/alpine ecosystems, woodlands and forests, especially in terms of wood pasture and woodland expansion/natural regeneration, cryptogam ecology, and the impacts of changing winter for mountain ecosystems.

Dr Karen Parkhill 
Public and stakeholder attitudes/perceptions/behaviors/practices or policy analyses related to: energy issues (forms of supply, whole system change, low carbon transitions, demand-side); environmental issues (e.g. climate change, plastic waste); emergent technologies (e.g. fusion energy; climate engineering/geoengineering).
Dr David Rippin
Glaciolology - specifically glacier hydrology, glacier dynamics, remote sensing of glacial environments, photogrammetric approaches for exploring glaciated environments.
Dr Marco Sakai Climate change economics, energy-economy modelling, input-output analysis, environmental and social footprints 
Dr Katherine Selby Coastal environments, reconstructing sea level changes, environmental archaeology of coastlines, vegetation changes over time, pollen analysis, diatom analysis. 
Dr Bryce Stewart
Fisheries management, Fish biology, Marine Protected Areas, Effects of climate change on marine life, Seafood sustainability, Science communication, Science-Policy interface.
Prof Lindsay Stringer
Agriculture and food, water, energy, governance, livelihoods, climate change, conservation, land degradation, desertification and sustainable land management, participatory environmental governance, environment-livelihood interlinkages, climate change adaptation
Dr John Wilkinson

Dr Wilkinson is happy to supervise students who are interested in pursuing an MSc by research or a PhD in environmental sciences and/or analytical chemistry. Specific research interests include the sources, distribution, fate, toxicity and analytical detection of aquatic pollution as well as topics linking socioeconomic drivers to the global distribution of environmental pollution. Also welcome are topics related to citizen science in environmental monitoring.

Dr Xun Zhou
Environmental economics, efficiency and productivity analysis, abatement cost estimation, applied microeconometrics, policy impact analysis