Dr Alex Money

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Alex Money researches corporate water risk, with an interest in how companies disclose the risks and opportunities they face with regard to their water use, and whether this disclosure meets the expectations of investors in these companies.

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Dr Mohammad Mortazavi-Naeini

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Mohammad is post-doctoral researcher with expertise in water resources modelling. His main research interest is in addressing deep uncertainty in water resources planning. He is currently part of the MaRIUS project, working with Professor Jim Hall to develop catchment- and national-scale models, and to assess water systems vulnerability under drought conditions given future uncertainty associated with climate change and other factors.

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Anna Murgatroyd

School of Geography and the Environment

Research Associate in Water Security

Anna is currently part of the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub team, working to help improve water security for a resilient future. Her work is focused on the relationship between water security and sustainable development in Ethiopia, examining water secure development pathways against 21st Century climate change. She recently completed her DPhil at Oxford, titled ‘Adaptive water resources planning to manage London’s water supply’.

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Saskia Nowicki

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Saskia is working with the REACH water security programme and the Water Programme of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. She focuses on water-related health risks and trade-offs. Her doctoral research takes an interdisciplinary lens to rural drinking-water safety, engaging with risk assessment, environmental health literacy, and institutional pluralism literatures. Her empirical work has been focused in Kenya and Bangladesh.

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Amelie Paszkowski

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Amelie is a DPhil student studying the interplay between flood dynamics and geomorphological change in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta in Bangladesh, aiming to incorporate geomorphology into socio-hydrological modelling frameworks. Her research background is in hydrology and flood risk management, and her broader interests lie in sustainable living, nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction, and water security.

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Dr Jian Peng

School of Geography and the Environment

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Professor Edmund Penning Rowsell

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Edmund Penning-Rowsell has more than 45 years experience of research and teaching in the flood hazard field, analysing floods and investment in flood alleviation, river management, water planning, and landscape assessment. His research focuses on the social impact of floods, and the policy response from regional, national and international organisations.

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Christian Peters

Department of Engineering Science

DPhil Researcher

Christian’s D.Phil research focuses on enhancing the recovery of seawater desalination processes at lower energy consumptions. The objective is to achieve zero-liquid discharge desalination with membrane-based processes to offer a more sustainable and economical source of freshwater. Supervisor: Nick Hankins.

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Rebecca Peters

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Rebecca is a 3rd year DPhil candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment and member of Green Templeton College. With the UK-DFID funded REACH Water Security programme, her work examines processes of institutional change in the urban water sector, primarily focusing on water security risks for the garment industry in Bangladesh. Uniting her background in economics and ecology, her research examines relationships among government, society, and international industry. From 2016-2017 she served as a Research Associate and Luce Scholar at the Asian International Rivers Center (AIRC) in Yunnan, China. Previously as a Marshall Scholar her MSc in Development Economics (University of Manchester) focused on water redistribution in Mpumalanga, South Africa, and MSc in Water Science (Kings College London) on state-led water management in China. Rebecca holds a BA in International Development Economics and BSc in Society and Environment with a minor in Global Poverty from the University of California, Berkeley where she was the University Medalist. While at Berkeley she founded the Human Rights and Water DeCal course, and served as President of the Berkeley Water Group. As a BigIdeas @ Berkeley winner, Human Rights Law Fellow, and Strauss Scholar, she worked extensively in Latin America on gender and water-sanitation-hygiene issues. She enjoys backcountry hiking, learning languages, and live music performance of all genres. Supervisor: Prof Robert Hope

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Dr Helge Peters

School of Geography and the Environment

Researcher

Helge Peters is currently working on public engagement with urban water management in London.

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Professor Andrew Pollard

Department of Paediatrics

Faculty and Research

Current research activities include clinical trials of new and improved vaccines for children and adults, surveillance of invasive bacterial diseases and penumococcal vaccine impact in children in Nepal, studies of cellular and humoral immune responses to glycoconjugate and typhoid vaccines, and development of a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.

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Laura Rival

Oxford Department of International Development

Associate Professor Anthropology of Nature, Society and Development

Laura Rival has extensively worked in Latin America and particularly with indigenous people, investigating their conceptions of the environment. Adopting an anthropological approach, her research develops a new theoretical conceptualisation of nature and society, where water plays an important part.

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Michael J Rouse

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Michael Rouse has extensive knowledge and experience of water governance and regulation, including all aspects of audit and enforcement, and the governance issues related to both public sector management and privatisation. Research interests include institutional structures, regulation, finance, subsidies, water charges, cost recovery, public participation, and drinking water safety and regulation, with an overarching focus sustainable water services delivery.

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Mohammed Sarafaz Gani Adnan

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Adnan is a DPhil working on the Bangladesh stream of the REACH programme. His research has concerns climate change, environment and disaster risk. Supervisor: Prof Jim Hall.

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Dr Paul Sayers

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Paul Sayers (CEng MICE) has over 20 years of national and international experience of managing the water environment and related risks. His research interests include strategic management of natural hazards, infrastructure systems and societal impacts, in particular relating to flooding, coastal erosion and water scarcity.

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Ranu Sinha

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Ranu’s doctoral thesis investigates whether investments in irrigation infrastructure enhance water security and welfare benefits at a sub-national scale by drawing on data from a decadal, World Bank funded, irrigation investment program in Madhya Pradesh, India. Supervisors: Dr Rob Hope & Dr Simon Dadson.

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Dr Louise Slater

School of Geography and the Environment

Associate Professor in Physical Geography; Chair, Oxford Water Network

Louise Slater’s research focuses on understanding and predicting changes in floods and fluvial systems in the context of contemporary shifts in climate and land cover. She uses data-driven methods to disentangle the different drivers of flooding and fluvial change across a variety of climates and land use types.

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Dr Troy Sternberg

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Extensive travel led to Troy's interest in desert regions, environments and people. Thoughts on how arid lands functioned and why there was such great diversity and extent led to his DPhil on pastoral environments in the Gobi Desert (Oxford, 2009). Research focused on extreme climate hazards (drought, dzud), environments (water, steppe vegetation, desertification) and social dynamics (pastoralists, social-environmental interaction, mining and communities). Since 2005 Troy has continued to research in Mongolia; in 2010 northern China and in 2015 Central Asia became additional study sites. More recently work on drought and the Arab Spring has stimulated interest in how environmental factors contribute to contemporary conflict and displacement. In 2018 this led to visits to the Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, Al-Shati Camp, Gaza and Colombia where 1 million+ Venezuelan refugees now reside. In 2016 Troy was part of a key investigation in to how infrastructure affects environmental and social viability in the Gobi Desert. Driven by the $12 billion Oyu Tolgoi mega-mine (copper, gold) and Chinese development, the research highlighted the forces of change, contradictions between modernisation and tradition and how community perception and physical landscapes evolve over time. This led to his current work on the ESRC-GCRF Inclusive Societies 'Gobi Framework: Mediation model for sustainable infrastructure development'. Troy has received awards and scholarships from the Royal Geographical Society, British Academy, Oman-Thesiger Desert Fellowship, British Science Association, UK-China Visiting Scholars, US Fulbright Fellow, the EU's 'Drylands Facing Change' and the UK Special Talent visa. He feels travel is an integral part of geography and encourages engagement and understanding of our globalised world

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Professor Philip Stier

Department of Physics

Faculty and Research

Philip’s research addresses physical climate processes in the context of anthropogenic perturbations to the earth system as the underlying cause of climate change and air pollution. Focal points of Philip’s research are cloud and aerosol physics, their interactions and their role in the climate system, which he addresses with a combination of modelling, theory and observations.

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Dr Abi Stone

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Abi Stone investigates the dynamics of dryland systems, including environmental change, landscape dynamics and groundwater resources.

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