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Daniel Adshead

DPhil - ITRC

Environmental Change Institute

Daniel’s doctoral research looks at informed decision-making within cross-sectoral infrastructure systems, with a focus on performance indicators, adaptive pathways modelling, and governance structures. He has a research background in development economics and environmental management, and broader interests in sustainable development, water security, and climate adaptation.

E: daniel.adshead@ouce.ox.ac.uk

Dr Ariell Ahearn

Departmental Lecturer and Course Director of MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance

School of Geography and the Environment

Ariell’s current research aims to understand the relationship between social systems, resource distribution and governance frameworks in regions undergoing economic transformation. She specializes in qualitative research, using methods such as ethnographic participant observation, interviewing, mapping and immersive field work to document and analyze the conditions that inform human decision-making and organization.

E: ariell.ahearn@ouce.ox.ac.uk
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Dr Atif Ansar

Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management

Saïd Business School

Atif’s research focuses on delivering major infrastructure and integrated real estate programmes cheaper, faster, and with greater sensitivity to the needs of end-users. He has published on the economic costs of large dams.

E: atif.ansar@bsg.ox.ac.uk
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Dr Cathy Baldwin

Research Affiliate

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Cathy is an applied anthropologist and consultant specialising in the social, cultural and health and well-being aspects of, and effects that communities experience from urban development, planning and infrastructure, environmental management, and adaptation to climate change.

E: cathy.baldwin@anthro.ox.ac.uk
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Dr Paola Ballon

Honorary Research Associate

School of Geography and the Environment

Paola is a Research Associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and former Researcher in Development Economics of the REACH – Improving Water Security for the Poor programme (DFID, 2015-2022), and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, Oxford University, U.K. She is an econometrician with expertise in the measurement and statistical analysis of multidimensional poverty, female empowerment and water-security.

E: paola.ballon@ouce.ox.ac.uk
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