Dr Tim Foster, Lecturer
Tim Foster is a Lecturer in Water-Food Security in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research develops and integrates crop and hydrologic models, earth observation techniques, and economic analysis to evaluate farmers' decision-making about land, water and energy use in crop production, and design policies solutions to support resilient agricultural water management and climate adaptation. His work is highly interdisciplinary, and involves collaborations with hydrologists, economists, and agronomists from academia, government, and policy organisations worldwide.
Dr Ben Parkes, Postdoctoral researcher
Ben is a Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research is focused on analysis of crop-climate interactions in the developing world. Currently, he is working on the group's NERC-ESRC funded project to design improved weather index insurance contracts for smallholder farmers in India . More broadly, his research is also evaluating the impacts of climate change on people's lives, including the health implications of increasing extreme heat events.
Tom Higginbottom, Postdoctoral researcher
Tom is a Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research uses Earth-observation and geospatial analysis to evaluate physical and human drivers of environmental change. His current research is investigating the impact of dams on agriculture in developing nations as part of the GCRF FutureDams project. Previously, his research has evaluated deforestation in Indonesia, woody cover change in African savannahs, and habitat mapping in England.
Tom Kelly, PhD researcher
Tom is a PhD researcher in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester. His research is focused on the applications of machine learning methods in agriculture, particularly for crop yield estimation and irrigation decision support. His research is funded by NERC National Productivity Investment Fund scholarship, as part of EAO Doctoral Training Program. Tom is supervised by Dr Tim Foster, together Prof David Schultz (SEES) and Prof Julien Harou (MACE) at Manchester.
Sarah Redicker, PhD researcher
Sarah is a PhD researcher in the Global Development Institute (GDI) at the University of Manchester. Sarah's research seeks to understand how dams have impacted agricultural livelihoods, and explore how irrigation systems can be managed sustainabily in water-scarce developing countries. Previously, Sarah was a masters student at the University of Passau in Germany where she obtained a degree in Development Studies . Sarah is jointly supervised by Dr Tim Foster (MACE) and Dr Ralitza Dimova (GDI)
Oluseun Adeluyi, PhD researcher
Seun is a PhD researcher in the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) at the University of Manchester. Seun's research is focused on the application of remote sensing and crop growth modelling for estimating biomass and yield of rice crops in Nigeria, and optimising use of water and fertiliser inputs in these production systems. Seun is supervised by Dr Angela Harris (SEED), in collaboration with Dr Gareth Clay (SEED) and Dr Tim Foster (MACE)