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Research interests

My research focuses on the impacts of hydrological extremes (floods and droughts – hydro-hazards) on society. It explores the interactions between flow, river form, society vulnerability and resilience aswell as ecosystem services and the issue of climate related uncertainty.

Fluvial, sediment transport, morphological and ecosystem modelling: issues for design uncertainty assessment 



2017- present: Professor Water Management (Heriot-Watt University)

2015-2017:      Asssiociate Professor in Water Management

2010-2015:      Asssistant Professor in Water Management

  • PI EPSRC: Water Resilient Cities (Early Career Fellowship) 2016-2021
  • PI EPSRC: Transferring research understanding of climate change uncertainty in flood hazard to industry 2016
  • CoI NERC: Sustaining Himalayan Water Resources in and Changing Climate 2016-2019
  • PI EPSRC: Accounting for Climate Change Uncertainty in Flood Hazard prediction 2015-16
  • PI CREW funded: Learning from Community led flood risk management 2015
  • CoI (PI HWU) EPSRC: Transforming Water Scarcity through Trading (TWSTT) 2011-2015
  • CoI EPSRC: Methodologies for creation of 4th generation flood maps (2014-2015)
  • CoI CREW funded: Land Management for Increased Flood Resilience (with Dundee University) 2013-15
  • CoI CREW funded: Natural Flood Management (NFM) Knowledge System (2011-12)


2007-2010: Senior Lecturer UNESCO-IHE: Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

  • Project Leader: Power2Flow: Hydropower to Environment transfers in the Zambezi Delta: Funded by Dutch Government
  • Alexandria Lake Mariout Integrated Management (ALAMIM) Hydrodynamic and ecosystem modelling of Lake Mariout, Alexandria, Egypt: EU Funded SMAPIII ICZM Project
  • Zambezi Basin: Sustainable Hydropower and E-Flows WWF-TNC partnership project: Technical Advisor Flood/Hydraulic management
  • High Altitude Wetlands: WWF funded small research project
  • Scientific Advisor to Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN)
  • Mekong River Commission Flood Management and Mitigation Programme, Component 2: Structural Measures and Flood Proofing

2003-2007: Senior Environmental Modeller Jacobs (Glasgow)

  • involved in a wide range of projects from flood risk, water quality and sediment modelling to Environmental Impact Assessment

Graduated from University of Glasgow in 1999 with MEng in Civil Engineering with Geology and 2004 with a PhD on “Morphological sustainability of estuarine barrages”.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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