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Nick Mount

Faculty Digital Learning Director and Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Teaching Summary

I am Digital Learning Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences, with responsibility for leading strategy and implementation of digitally-enhanced learning and teaching practice across the Faculty… read more

Research Summary

I am the Water Lead for the £1.05 million Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society Doctoral Training Centre (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mathematics/prospective/research/mass/mass.aspx) and… read more

Selected Publications

I am Digital Learning Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences, with responsibility for leading strategy and implementation of digitally-enhanced learning and teaching practice across the Faculty and supporting the implementation of the wider University digital learning agenda. The role builds upon my long-held interests and experience in the application of digital technologies to support and enhance student learning.

I chair the Faculty of Social Sciences Digital Teaching and Learning Board and am a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Education and Student Experience Committee. I am also member of the University's Lecture Capture Project Board.

Current Research

I am the Water Lead for the £1.05 million Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society Doctoral Training Centre (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mathematics/prospective/research/mass/mass.aspx) and co-investigator on the £690,000 ESRC Newton-Caldas project 'Colombia River Stories: improving socio-environmental understandings for building sustainable peace'. This project brings together a multi-disciplinary team comprising academics, NGO staff and Colombian communities to understand the role of river systems in sustaining violent conflict in the Choco region of Colombia.

Much of my past work has been technical in nature and has focussed on how novel machine learning and artificial intelligence methods can be adopted to deliver improved predictions for river and hydrological systems. More recently, my research has focussed on the role of humans in hydrological and fluvial systems and the need for modelling approaches that can represent the interplay between physical and social systems. This is particularly true in context of flood risk management, where a 'physical system' focus on mitigating flood sources and pathways must be accompanied by a 'social system' focus on reducing the vulnerability of receptors to flooding so that overall resilience can be improved. To this end, I am pursuing new approaches to local flood risk management that combine participatory approaches with system modelling tools to deliver conceptual flood risk models that can represent and integrate both physical and social system knowledge. These models can then be used to support the identification and assessment of a diverse array of local flood risk interventions can highlight the potential of adapting socio-economic behaviours in addition to the value of engineering the physical system.

I currently supervise a team of 7 PhD students examining aspects of the hydrological and socio-hydrological system at scale ranging from catchment to global. The group is diverse having come to study at Nottingham from India, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Iran and Colombia.

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