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Jo-Anne Geere

Jo-Anne Geere

Research Group Leader; Lecturer in Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences

Email: Jo.Geere@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)1603 591011​

Dr Jo-Anne Geere is a Physiotherapy Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences. Jo-Anne’s current research focuses on the health impacts of fetching water, and community based collection of water access and health data using mobile devices. She has also conducted secondary analyses of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICs) to explore relationships between household water access and public health. She has been involved in research investigating domestic and informal work in Kenya and South Africa, particularly as it affects people in low-income regions or with disability.

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Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter

Professor in Medicine

Email: Paul.Hunter@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)1603 591004​

Paul Hunter is Professor of Medicine in the Norwich Medical School. Paul’s key research interests include the epidemiology of emerging infectious disease especially that linked to environmental factors; the spread of infection by drinking water, but also recreational water contact and food; zoonotic diseases; risk assessment and risk communication; and in conducting case-control and other epidemiological studies in the UK, Europe and the developing world.

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Jamie Bartrum

Jamie Bartrum

Professor at University of Leeds and at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Water Security Steering Group Member

Email: J.K.Bartram@leeds.ac.uk

Dr Jamie Bartram is a professor at the University of Leeds, UK and Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in science, by the University of East Anglia in 2022; the University of Surrey Vice-Chancellor's Alumnus Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 and the International Water Association Grand Award in 2004. Jamie was the Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Director of the Water Institute at UNC. He served as the first Chair of UN-Water and for 10 years as coordinator of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization headquarters, where he led reform of its international monitoring and standard-setting activities and the development of a series of influential communities of practice. Jamie is author of 350 academic papers books and book chapters, on aspects of global monitoring, water supply, sanitation and hygiene, informed by over 30 years’ experience of international policy, research and advisory work in public health and disease prevention, especially in environment and health and water supply and sanitation, and by work in more than 60 developing and developed countries worldwide.

Mark Zeitoun

Mark Zeitoun

Professor of Water Security and Policy

Email: M.Zeitoun@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 3232​

Mark Zeitoun is Professor of Water Security and Policy in the School of International Development. Mark’s research on environmental policy and politics follows three themes: transboundary water conflict and cooperation, at international, sub-national and trans-national levels; water policy and social justice issues; and urban water supply and treatment during and immediately following armed conflict. The topics are interpreted with theory from numerous disciplines, including political economy, political ecology, justice, law, politics, and hydrology. Mark has a particular interest in the role that power asymmetry plays, and a geographic focus on the Middle East and Africa.

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Jessica Budds

Jessica Budds

Senior Lecturer in Geography and International Development

Email: J.Budds@uea.ac.uk

Tel:+44 (0)1603 59 2339​

Dr Jessica Budds is an Associate Professor in Geography and International Development at the School of International Development. Jessica’s work focuses on the relationship between economic development, water governance, and access to water among low-income groups in the Global South, particularly in South America. She explores how economic change influences the nature of water flows, infrastructure, institutions, policies, and dominant representations of water, often in ways that promote or sustain financial investment and political power.

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Roger Few

Roger Few

Professorial Research Fellow

Email: R.Few@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 3439​

Roger Few is a Professorial Research Fellow in Environment, Risk and Development at the School of International Development. Roger’s key research interests centre on the linkages between hazards, environmental change, poverty, and social justice. Much of his work focuses on the social conditions that shape vulnerability and adaptation to hazards in lower-income settings, including the health, wellbeing, and livelihood implications of water stress and hydro-meteorological extreme events. His work connects water security with the fields of climate change, disaster management, and population health. His work also focuses on strengthening community participation in environmental management.

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Diane Bunn

Diane Bunn

Lecturer in Health Sciences in the School of Health Sciences

Email: D.Bunn@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)1603 591966​

Diane Bunn is a Lecturer in Health Sciences in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia and her background is in nursing. Her main research area is investigating hydration care for older people living in care homes, using collaborative approaches. The UEA Hydrate Group have undertaken a number of studies, using different methodologies, to investigate ways of improving hydration care for older care home residents using evidence-based approaches.

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Tim Osborn

Tim Osborn

Professor of Climate Science in the School of Environmental Sciences

Email: T.Osborn@uea.ac.uk

Tel:+44 (0)1603 592089​

Tim Osborne is Professor of Climate Science in the School of Environmental Sciences. Tim’s main research interests are concerned with identifying variations in climate as observed, modelled and recorded in climate proxies and understanding their causes in terms of natural and anthropogenic climate processes. This understanding provides the basis for making projections of possible future climate change.

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Johanna Forster

Johanna Forster

Lecturer in the Environment and International Development in the School of International Development

Email:J.Forster@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2808​

Dr Johanna Forster is Lecturer in the Environment and International Development in the School of International Development. Johanna is an environmental social scientist, with expertise in interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research that crosscuts contemporary international development issues around marine and coastal resource management and governance, climate change, hazards and risk. Johanna specialises in understanding multi-level perceptions, knowledge and incentives and the associated implications for environmental decision-making and governance.

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Bruce Lankford

Bruce Lankford

Emeritus Professor in the School of International Development

Email: B.Lankford@uea.ac.uk

Bruce Lankford is Emeritus Professor of Water and Irrigation Policy in the School of International Development. Bruce’s main research areas are irrigation and water resources planning and management; river basin management; irrigation systems analysis (focussing on irrigation efficiency); community-based irrigation; irrigation design-management interactions; and natural resource games and gaming. His main country experience covers Tanzania, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, and Swaziland.

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Diana Bell

Diana Bell

Professor of Conservation Biology, School of Biological Sciences

Email: D.Bell@uea.ac.uk

Diana Bell is Professor of Conservation Biology in the School of Biological Sciences. Diana has eclectic research interests mainly at interdisciplinary boundaries. Much of her current research concerns emerging zoonotic diseases such as SARS, COVID-19, HPAI H5N1 and Ebola and the impacts of introduced pathogens and wildlife trade on biodiversity loss. This has included collaboration to sequence the genomes of the endangered Mauritius Pink Pink Nesoenas mayeri (Mohammed Albeshr) and the protozoan Trichomonas gallinae (Abdul alrefaei) which has jumped from columbids to finches causing substantial mortalities.

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Oliver Springate-Baginski

Oliver Springate-Baginski

Senior Lecturer

Email: Oliver.Springate@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2410​

Dr Oliver Springate-Baginski is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Development. Oliver’s primary research interest is the political economy and political ecology of forest governance reform in developing countries. He mainly focuses on issues of: 1) democratisation, policy and reform rights reform and the associated political empowerment of forest users, 2) livelihood development and poverty alleviation at the forest – agricultural interface, and 3) integrated biodiversity management in forest management.

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Vasudha Chhotray

Vasudha Chhotray

Senior Lecturer

Email: V.Chhotray@uea.ac.uk

Tel:+44(0)1603 592326​

Dr Vasudha Chhotray is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Development. Vasudha is a political scientist interested in the politics and governance of natural resource use and extraction, and the larger politics of development, welfare and citizenship in India. Vasudha has worked extensively on the relationship between natural resources and politics, both at the micro and macro levels. She likes to understand how development policies come about in a range of different political and bureaucratic settings, the types of norms and power relationships that drive them, and the effects they produce. Vasudha also works on broader issues of citizenship, certification and identity documents, marginalisation and access to state power.

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Richard Cooper

Richard Cooper

Lecturer in Environmental Sciences in the School of Environmental Sciences

Email: Richard.J.Cooper@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)1603 591299​

Dr Richard Cooper is a Lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences, specialising in a wide variety of catchment science research. Richard most recently worked on the DEFRA-funded River Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment project which aimed to evaluate the extent to which on-farm mitigation measures can cost effectively reduce the impact of agricultural pollution on river ecology whilst maintaining food production capacity. Richard’s research has included work on nitrogen and phosphorus enrichment, pesticides, biobeds, cover crops, reduced tillage regimes, indirect nitrous oxide emissions, invasive signal crayfish and sediment fingerprinting.

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Mark Tebboth

Mark Tebboth

Lecturer in the Environment and International Development

Email: M.Tebboth@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1603 59 2861​

Dr Mark Tebboth is Lecturer in the Environment and International Development in the School of International Development. Mark is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research addresses issues related to how people and populations respond to and adapt to risks arising primarily from global environmental change. Within this broad area of research, Mark has particular interests in human migration and mobility and forced displacement, vulnerability, resilience and adaptation, and disaster risk reduction and risks linked to a changing global climate.

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Rosalind Bark

Rosalind Bark

Lecturer in Ecological Economics in the School of Environmental Sciences

Email: R.Bark@uea.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)1603 591833​

Dr Rosalind Bark is a Lecturer in Ecological Economics in the School of Environmental Sciences. Rosalind’s research interests focus thematically on water resources management in times of change and integrating ecosystem services (including cultural ecosystem services) in decision-making. This has involved using non-market methods to monetarily value urban green space, instream flows and ecosystem services in water scarce environments, market-based instruments design as part of basin scale water resources management reform and restoration, as well as, several studies on sustainable agriculture.

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Stephen Dorling

Stephen Dorling

Professor of Meteorology, School of Environmental Sciences

Email: S.Dorling@uea.ac.uk

Stephen Dorling is Professor of Meteorology in the School of Environmental Sciences. Stephen is a Chartered Meteorologist with many interests in how weather and climate interface with environmental problems. Stephen’s main current research activities address science, which tackles the major over-lapping security challenges facing the world in food, water and energy.

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Teresa Armijos Burneo

Teresa Armijos Burneo

Lecturer in Natural Resources & International Development in the School of International Development

Email: T.Armijos@uea.ac.uk

Dr Teresa Armijos Burneo is Lecturer in Natural Resources and International Development in the School of International Development. Teresa’s research explores the relationship between humans and the environment by looking at the politics of natural resource management, hazards and risk from a citizenship, human rights and environmental justice perspective.

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Kevin Hiscock

Kevin Hiscock

Professor of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences

Email: K.Hiscock@uea.ac.uk

Kevin Hiscock is Professor of Environmental Science in the School of Environmental Sciences. Kevin’s research interests include the application of stable isotope methods and dissolved gases in hydrogeological investigations. Kevin has employed stable isotopes of water and noble gases to understand groundwater recharge and flow processes and has developed nitrogen isotope methods to demonstrate the sources and fate of nitrate in several aquifer systems, both in the UK and internationally. A special interest has been the evaluation of the production and consumption of nitrous oxide in groundwater and the contribution by aquifers of this greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.

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Virginia Newton-Lewis

Virginia Newton-Lewis

Senior Policy Analyst - Water Security, Water Security Steering Group Member

Virginia joined WaterAid in 2018 as a Senior Policy Analyst focusing on Water Security. Since transferring to Stockholm last year, she has combined her water security work with directing the policy and advocacy team in Sweden. Currently, she also leads the working group tasked with developing future scenarios for WaterAid’s next global strategy. Prior to joining WaterAid, Virginia worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the engineering consultancy Arup. She holds a PhD on rural-to-urban water allocation from the University of East Anglia, an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford, and an MSci. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Helen He

Helen He

Senior Lecturer Hydrology & Climate Change Rsch, School of Environmental Sciences

Email: Yi.He@uea.ac.uk

Dr Helen He is Senior Lecturer in Hydrology and Climate Change Research at the Tyndall Centre. Helen’s key research interests are theoretical hydrology: understanding physical processes of rainfall and runoff as well as conceptualisation of processes, development of a catchment classification scheme and regionalisation, analysis of sensitivity and estimation of hydrological model parameters, and non-stationary extreme flood analysis. Ensemble hydro-meteorological forecasts: development of a hydro-meteorological model cascade by using Ensemble Prediction Systems, development of an in-stream nutrient prediction system, and improving communication and use of ensemble probabilistic predictions. Hydro-climatic prediction: precipitation downscaling, and assessment of impacts and adaptation.

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Iain Lake

Iain Lake

Professor, School of Environmental Sciences

Email: I.Lake@uea.ac.uk

Dr Iain Lake is Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences. His principal research examines the impact that the natural environment has upon human health. Such research is often statistical using time series approaches to associate health outcomes (e.g. waterborne disease outbreaks) with weather events (e.g. extreme rainfall), or medical geography focussed to examine whether the environment plays a role in the spatial distribution of disease. Another key strand of my research is using GIS to link health outcome data with environmental conditions. Iain’s research focuses on three themes: gastroenterology; climate change and health; and focuses upon the role that river flooding may play in transferring persistent organic pollutants into the food chain.

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Dave Tickner

Dave Tickner

Chief Adviser - Rivers at WWF-UK, Visiting Fellow at UEA, Water Security Steering Group Member

Dave Tickner is Chief Freshwater Adviser at WWF, based in the UK. He advises on international river conservation and water resource programmes, leads a portfolio of research projects, and engages governments and the private sector on water and sustainability issues.

Dave began his career in the UK’s environment ministry before completing a PhD in ecological sciences. He joined WWF as a policy advocate and then led its influential programme for the Danube River. He has served in non-executive and advisory roles with Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (a not-for-profit company) and Standard Chartered.

In addition to his WWF role, Dave is currently a Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia (UK) and an Associate Editor of the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science. He also sits on the UK government’s Darwin Expert Committee. Dave has published widely on water and environment issues and is on Twitter @david_tickner.

Judith Omasete

Judith Omasete

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Consultant, Water Security Steering Group Member

Judith is a UEA graduate from the MSc Water Security and International development. She has worked with international development INGOs for 20 years in Africa and in the UK. She currently works for Migrant Help supporting victims of modern slavery access healthcare, legal and other support to rebuild their lives. She is also a British Red Cross Norfolk Emergency Response volunteer and is training to be a WASH delegate with the International Federation for the Red Cross Emergency Response Unit.

Rob Rogers

Rob Rogers

Broads Authority as Director of Operations, Water Security Steering Group Member

Rob works for the Broads Authority as Director of Operations. His role is to manage the three statutory purposes of the National Park (Conserving and enhancing the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Broads, Promoting opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Broads by the public, Protecting the interests of navigation)His directorate includes the Construction, Maintenance &Ecology team, Ranger Services, and the Safety Team. A qualified Civil Engineer, he specialises in restoration of fresh water environments.

The Broads Authority works in collaboration with many organisations andRob is currently leading the National Lottery Heritage Funded project,Water Mills & Marshes, a 5 year multi-million pound project with 55 public and private partner organisations thathave come together to deliver an ambitious and far-reaching programmededicated to the preservation and promotion of the Broads

Ellice Parkinson

Ellice Parkinson

Postgraduate researcher in the School of Health Sciences

Email: Ellice.Parkinson@uea.ac.uk​​

Ellice is a first year PhD researcher in Health Sciences. Ellice is investigating low-intake dehydration for older adults and exploring dehydration in long term care settings. During her PhD, Ellice aims to observe, explore and understand the complex factors which might contribute to low-intake dehydration among care home residents. Prior to the PhD, Ellice worked in mental health settings and worked as a Research Fellow contributing to Huntington’s Disease research.

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Harsh Vasani

Harsh Vasani

Postgraduate researcher in the School of International Development

Email: H.Vasani@uea.ac.uk

Harsh's research lies at the intersection of geopolitics and environmental security. For his PhD he is looking at the governance of transboundary water resources in Himalayan South Asia.

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Iris Caixia Man

Iris Caixia Man

Postgraduate researcher in the School of International Development

Email: Caixia.Man@uea.ac.uk

Caixia is a postgraduate researcher in the School of International Development at UEA. She received her bachelor's at Sun Yat-sen University and master's at Renmin University of China, and her research works on water governance within agrarian transition in China.Drawing from the perspective of political ecology, her research is going to characterize neoliberal water reforms in rural areas, unpack the institutional dynamics and power relations of 'neoliberalizing water'embedded in the transformation towards modernized agriculture,and probe their impacts on restructuring hydrosocial relations and rural waterscape.

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Felipe De Jesus Colon Gonzalez

Felipe De Jesus Colon Gonzalez

Research Fellow in the School of Environmental Sciences

Email: F.Colon@uea.ac.uk

His research focuses on the intersection between climate and health, and on how environmental, demographic, and socioeconomic factors interact to determine the risk of infectious disease transmission. He has contributed papers to the IPCC Report of Working Group II and the Special Report on the impacts of global warming at 1.5 degrees. He is amember of the WHO Expert Group on Using Climate and Weather Information for Predicting and Preparing for Cholera and Vector-Borne Diseases. He is a Research Fellow at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia working on Health Protection Research Unit on Emergency Preparedness and Response.

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Chyna Dixon

Chyna Dixon

Postgraduate researcher in the School of International Development

Email: Katherine.Dixon@uea.ac.uk

Chyna is a PhD researcher in the School of International Development. Her research examines how acequia* systems of water-sharing and governance influence adaptive capacity, by exploring the situated vulnerabilities, capabilities, and resilience opportunities of water sharing communities in the face of political and ecological change. *Acequias, here, refer to community governed irrigation systems in northern New Mexico. Prior to joining UEA, Chyna worked as a practitioner-researcher in northern New Mexico and received both her MSc and her BA from Clark University.

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Ailin Xu

Ailin Xu

Postgraduate researcher in the School of International Development

Email: Ailin.Xu@uea.ac.uk

Ailin is a Year 1 PhD student in the School of International Development at UEA. Her research focuses on the urban environment and the politics of everyday water infrastructure governance in the Chinese urban society of Shenzhen. Before joining UEA, she did my Master of Social Sciences in Nonprofit Management at the University of Hong Kong.

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