My research is highly interdisciplinary, linking aspects of geography, social science and biology and is focused on the links between people and the environment in which they live. My PhD, undertaken at Cardiff University, investigated the temporal change in air pollutants at an urban site in Swansea, UK. The PhD was a joint project between environmental science and biochemistry, and involved collecting particulate matter (PM), establishing its physical and chemical properties, and then testing the bioreactivity of different size fractions in vitro.
Following my PhD I moved to the University of Hertfordshire (2011 - 2014) to undertake a post-doctoral position working on an EU FP7 project called TRANSPHORM (www.transphorm.eu). The project focused on the contribution of traffic to PM concentrations across Europe, and the links with public health. In January 2014 I moved to the University of Southampton (School of Geography and Environment) to work on Groundwater 2030 (http://blog.soton.ac.uk/groundwater2030/), a project investigating long term change in pollution in shallow hand dug wells in Kisumu, Kenya. I then moved to the School of Social Sciences (also at the University of Southampton), where I analysed household survey data as part of the Energy for Development project (http://www.energyfordevelopment.net/). This project investigated the impacts of off-grid solar electricity on the wellbeing of the local population.
When addressing these research areas, I am interested in using local knowledge to solve local problems, with a particular focus on community engagement from the start. I am interested in using techniques like participatory mapping and volunteered geographic information (VGI) to understand and solve complex issues.
Current research interests include:
- Air quality
- Water quality
- Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) access
- Water-energy-food nexus
- Sustainable livelihoods
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