Dr May Sule

School of Geography and the Environment

Senior Research Associate in Water Quality, Climate and Health

Dr May Sule’s current research aims to integrate health into water security methodologies and tools as well as the delivery of safe drinking water and climate resilient water supplies. Her research interests also focus on sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), health, NTDs and behaviour change. She has a keen interest in stakeholder engagement and equity.

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Jesper Svensson

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Jesper’s doctoral research investigates an array of both institutional, infrastructural and biophysical features of water reallocation projects in Northern and Northwestern China and how the interrelations produce resource outcomes. His goal is to advance empirical insights on the determinants of collective action at different levels in the hierarchical governance structure in China. Supervisor: Dr Dustin Garrick.

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Vance Z H Tan

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Vance Zong Hao Tan GMICE is a Sultan’s Scholar and D.Phil candidate at St Edmund Hall and the Environmental Change Institute. His D.Phil study is supported by a scholarship awarded by His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in 2016. Vance is a Graduate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, member of the ITRC-MISTRAL research consortium and he holds an MEng degree in Civil Engineering (1st Class Honours) from the University of Warwick. He has received training at various engineering organisations including Arup (Brunei), the Public Works Department (Brunei) and Hampshire County Council. His current research focuses on the strategic assessment of long-term plans for flood risk adaptation at a national scale.

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Lisa Thalheimer

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Lisa’s research focuses on the attribution of extreme weather events and human mobility particularly in areas of scare resources. She furthermore investigates the nature and quantification of different drivers within this nexus such as economic and political ones, as well as policy implications for sustainable development. Supervisor: Dr. Friederike Otto.

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Professor Dave Thomas

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

David Thomas is a geomorphologist by training and pursues research interests in arid environmental systems, Quaternary climate and environmental change, and contemporary and future climate change and development.

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Professor Ian Thompson

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty and Research

Ian Thompson investigates the role of micro-organisms including the development of bioreactors for treating industrial effluent, metal recovery and water recycling, and exploitation of microbial-nanomaterial interactions for killing water-borne pathogens.

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Patrick Thomson

School of Geography and the Environment

Senior Researcher

Patrick Thomson leads the Smart Handpumps research programme at OUCE, investigating the application of novel technology to increase the sustainability of rural water supply and improve public health. He previously worked in international development, living for a number of years in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the South Caucasus. Patrick is a Chartered Engineer, having started his career in aerospace engineering.

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Irene Torreggiani

Department of Archaeology

DPhil Researcher

Irene's research links people and water in prehispanic Nicaragua, through an interdisciplinary approach. Since 2018 she has been integrating geoarchaeological, storytelling and palynological techniques in reconstructing the paleoenvironmental changes of the Mayales River Valley and how human population adapted to these changes. The Project is working closely with local communities and researchers in creating the Pollen Atlas for the riparian Dry Tropical Forest and in understanding the past and the future of the aquatic environment of central Nicaragua.

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Johannes Wagner

School of Geography and Environment

DPhil Researcher

Johannes Wagner's research examines the payment behaviors of rural consumers and facilities in sub-Saharan Africa to attract non-traditional funding. He focuses on policy and governance issues informing how rural consumers pay for water across service delivery models, payment methods, and political spaces using both qualitative and quantitative methods. His work will contribute to global knowledge on performance-based models for reliable rural water services and is part of NEWAVE.

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Professor Richard Washington

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Richard researches the drivers behind extremes in rainfall and how these are represented in the climate models that we rely on for prediction. He specialises in African climates.

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Dr Adam Webster

Blavatnik School of Government

Faculty and Research

Adam is a Departmental Lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. He has a particular interest in how public law affects and shapes contemporary legal problems. His past research has touched upon transboundary water rights.

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Till Weidner

Department of Engineering Science

DPhil Researcher

Till is a Systems Engineering DPhil candidate and investigates circular urban agriculture approaches on a city and global scale. He applies material and energy flow analysis, mathematical modelling and optimisation, life cycle assessments, and spatial analysis. His interest is around the circular (bio)economy, bioplastics and resource recovery from waste and wastewater.

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Dr Kevin Wheeler

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Kevin researches cooperation and conflict in transboundary river management and the implications on water security of vulnerable populations, with case studies of the Colorado and Nile Rivers.

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Professor Paul Whitehead

School of Geography and the Environment

Faculty and Research

Paul Whitehead is Professor of Water Science and Fellow of St Peter's College, Oxford. He previously was Director of the NERC-funded Macronutrients Cycles Programme with expertise in the dynamic behaviour of water ecosystems and the interactions between hydrology, ecology, and water quality.

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Charles Wight

School of Geography and the Environment

DPhil Researcher

Charles Wight is a DPhil student at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on understanding how water sharing mechanisms can maximize benefits to both the environment and people. His work draws on synergies from hydrology, governance, and economics. Prior to Oxford, Charles was the lead freshwater scientist for the Global Water Markets team at The Nature Conservancy (TNC). At TNC he worked with local field units in water scarce areas in Latin America and the United States to develop projects and strategies aimed at delivering environmental benefits via water markets. Charles holds a Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he developed an environmental vulnerability index to assess dam impacts in the Amazon basin. He also holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Philosophy, from The University of Texas at Austin. As a consultant, Charles has worked for USAID, International Rivers, InfoAmazonia, and The Strauss Center for International Security and Law. His work has been published in Nature, World Development, and Environmental Research Letters.

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Dr Beccy Wilebore

Department of Zoology

Faculty and Research

Beccy is a quantitative ecologist with a particular interest in geospatial science and spatial modelling. Her current work uses a land surface model to estimate rainfall runoff at high resolutions across Europe, and estimate the effect of landcover change on the provision of water-related ecosystem services.

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Professor Andrew Wilson

Faculty of Classics / School of Archaeology

Faculty and Research

Andrew Wilson explores the role of ancient water supply (irrigation, water mills, public supply) and the growth and contraction of the Roman Empire.

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Dr Tim Woollings

Department of Physics

Faculty and Research

Tim Woollings works on atmospheric dynamics, studying mid-latitude features such jet streams, storm tracks and weather regimes. He studies the fundamental physics of these features but also more applied aspects, such as investigating how predictable different regimes are, how they respond to climate change and how well these features are represented in weather and climate models. Tim is part of the project IMPETUS: Improving Predictions of Drought for User Decision-Making.

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Dr Aidong Yang

Department of Engineering Science

Faculty and Research

Aidong’s interests lie in developing methods and tools for modelling biochemical processes and related systems and in applying models and other systems engineering approaches to support the development of sustainable energy, engineering and manufacturing systems. He is currently active in two particular areas: biological systems engineering and the food-energy-water nexus.

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