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, Research Fellow
Ben is the Ekpe Research Fellow in the Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. His research is focused on assessing impacts of climate variability and change on rural and urban communities globally. His current research within the group is developing new models of crop-climate interactions in India to support design of agricultural insurance contracts. His broader research is evaluating the impacts of climate change on people's lives, including the health implications of increasing extreme heat events.
Dr Tom Higginbottom, Postdoctoral Researcher
Tom is a Postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. 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.
Dr Roshan Adhikari, Postdoctoral Researcher
Roshan is a Postdoctoral researcher in the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on issues at the intersection of development economics and natural resources, include the impacts of climate change and related adaptation measures. Currently, he is working on two projects within the group focused on agricultural systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which examine the role of irrigation technologies and infrastructure investments on agricultural water security and rural livelihoods in these regions.
Dr Mehdi Afshar, Postdoctoral Researcher
Mehdi is a Postdoctoral researcher in Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. His current research uses combinations of crop models, satellite remote sensing, and in-situ imagery to help improve field-level crop yield estimation for agricultural insurance in India. More broadly, Mehdi's research has focused on the impact of data fusion and assimilation processes for water resource planning and risk assessment using satellite soil moisture products and hydrology models.
Tom Kelly, PhD researcher
Tom is a PhD researcher in the Dept. 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, 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 supervised by Dr Tim Foster (MACE) and Dr Ralitza Dimova (GDI).
Chris Bowden, PhD Researcher
Chris is a PhD researcher in the Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering
at the University of Manchester. His research is centred on improving the resilience of
wheat and rice production in India to climate change effects, specifically using a
combination of crop and climate models. Previously, Chris' research has focused on improving wheat yields in the UK, both as a MSc researcher at the John Innes Centre and as a wheat breeder for Limagrain. Chris is supervised by Dr Tim Foster and Dr Ben Parkes (MACE)
Karolina Brown, PhD Researcher
Karolina is a PhD researcher in the Dept. of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester. Karolina's research is evaluating the representation of agriculture in water resource systems models, and identifying how agricultural model uncertainties influence water-food-energy-environment policy design. Previously, Karolina was a Civil Engineering student in the Dept. of MACE and spent time working in engineering consultancy. Karolina is supervised by Dr Tim Foster (MACE) and Dr Ralitza Dimova (GDI)
Oluseun Adeluyi, PhD Researcher
Seun is a PhD researcher in the Dept. of Geography 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)