Dr Samuel Chen

School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography

Faculty and Research

Samuel Chen directs a consultancy and project management company that promotes and facilitates international collaboration between the UK/Europe and China in sustainable development, with a particular focus on water resources and catchment management, pollution control and leakage detection. He is also Research Fellow in History of Civilisation at Wolfson College, University Oxford.

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Changsoon Choi

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Changsoon’s doctoral research focuses on Climate-smart Green Infrastructure (CGI) that addresses both climate adaptation and mitigation, explicitly considering synergies and trade-offs among climate action as well as with other environmental, economical, and social aspects in planning process.

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Deng Majok Chol

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Deng Majok Chol’s research involves modelling of the wetlands and the simulation of hydrological responses to future climatic change in the Sudd Basin of South Sudan as well as exploring human and societal impacts of largescale hydrological variability, historical resilience, climatic migration as possibly adaptation to the tipping points, and socio-technical interventions that may enhance or detract resilience.

Professor David Clifton

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty and Research

David Clifton is developing tools, based on machine learning methods, to (i) use sensor data from systems embedded in 'smart handpumps' to track the condition of the pump, and to estimate the aquifer level; and (ii) fuse data from many different sources (hydrogeological models, household surveys, the 'smart pump' network) to produce systems that predict risk to water security.

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Farah Colchester

Department of Engineering Science

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Farah’s research involves attaching accelerometers to the handles of water pumps in Kenya and analysing the data using machine learning techniques. The aim is to predict the condition of the pump to enable preemptive maintenance, and the depth of the water in the well to monitor the aquifer level in the region over time. Supervisors: Dr Rob Hope and Patrick Thomson

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Professor Richard Compton

Department of Chemistry

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Richard Compton holds expertise in chemical sensors for water analysis such as for nanoparticles, heavy metals, and pH.

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Professor Zhanfeng Cui

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty and Research

Zhanfeng Cui’s research interests include developing the next generation of water and waste water treatment technology using membranes and membrane bioreactors.

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Professor Simon Dadson

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Simon Dadson is a physical geographer examining the processes that link climate, hydrology, and geomorphology. These links range from the potential impacts of future climate change on river flows, to the study of how continental-scale weather patterns have influenced the development of mountain topography over the past few million years.

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Professor Richard Darton, OBE

Oxford Martin School

Faculty and Research

Richard Darton’s research interests include water treatment, particuarly the removal of oestrogen by engineered treating plants.

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Dr Chris Decker

Faculty of Law

Faculty and Research

Dr Decker's work focusses on water economics, policy and regulation. This includes the development of competitive water markets, pricing principles for water charging, approaches to access pricing, price controls and various other aspects relating to the economic regulatory framework. Most recently he prepared a report for the UK National Infrastructure Commission on analysis of the costs of water resource management options to enhance drought resilience, and he also worked on the development of pricing principles for water charging for the Australian National Water Commission. He has contributed to the OECD/Global Water Partnership’s work on drought action, the World Bank’s Water Partnership Program, and is a member of the International Water Association’s Working Group on regulation and resilience and the UK Competition and Markets Authority academic panel.

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Tess Doeffinger

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Tess is a DPhil working on water-related risks. Her doctoral research aims to operationalize the concept of water security through a diagnostic approach. She has a background in engineering and sustainable design.

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Dr Ellen Dyer

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Ellen leads on East African climate science for the REACH programme. Her research interests focus on the regional teleconnections of African precipitation, specifically in the Sahel and Congo Basin regions.

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Sophie Erfurth

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Sophie Erfurth is a hydrologist conducting research on common pool resource (CPR) governance in the context of fragile political systems. Her research strives to shed light on the evolution of water institutions in relation to political instability and hydroclimatic risks and contributes to coupled systems modelling and analysis of social and hydrological interactions.

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Safa Fanaian

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Ms. Fanaian’s DPhil research explores the utility of complexity theory in understanding water-risks and its governance within small riverine cities in the global south. The case studied is Guwahati city and its rivers in India, as Guwahati an emblem of urbanisation on the Brahmaputra River. Particular focus is given to water-risks that flow into the city from the river (inadequate water supply, urban floods), and those that flow from the city to the river (wastewater/sewage released into rivers).

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Dr David Favis-Mortlock

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

David Favis-Mortlock holds expertise in modelling soil erosion by water, including under future climate and land use.

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Rob Ferritto

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Research

Rob Ferritto's research interests include women's empowerment and gender equality at the intersection of sustainable development.

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Professor Robert Field

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty and Research

Robert Field’s well-cited 1995 paper on critical flux found great resonance in the water industries, with representatives of these industries contributing fully to 2002 and 2003 Oxford workshops on the topic. The subsequent 2006 review paper on critical and sustainable fluxes that he co-authored was the 5th most cited paper during 2006-2010 in the premier Journal of Membrane Science.

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Alex Fischer

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Alex Fischer's research focuses on water security and sustainable resource management. His current work explores how new data flows from sensors and smart-meters creates value and efficient decision-making for communities, investors and policy-makers, particularly in contexts of scare resources, high-variability and institutional fragility. Supervisor: Dr Rob Hope

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Ella Fleming

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Ella Fleming works on water scarcity, climate conflict and migration in Africa and studies its implications for UK security and defence.

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Professor J.S. Foord

Department of Chemistry

Faculty and Research

J.S. Foord is an expert in the chemistry of nanomaterials and surfaces.

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