How would you explain your research?
I explore the risks that future climate change poses to society, such as the effects on global water resources, human health and food security.
What inspired you to pursue this area?
A growing body of work, when I did my A levels (many years ago!), showing that the climate is changing and that something needs to be done.
How will your research affect the average person?
My research is sometimes used to inform national and global-scale policies on dealing with climate change, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making society more resilient to risks such as flooding.
How does your research influence your teaching?
I base a lot of my teaching on my own research, and research conducted by colleagues who I work with internationally.
What's been the greatest moment of your career so far?
My research on global climate change risks was highlighted by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences – a group of 14 UK government departments and research funders working in international development. They rated it as one of the top 20 examples (out of around 7,000 projects) of research conducted in the UK that is 'improving the lives of people around the world'. This research was also used to inform international climate discussions at a United Nations meeting.
What's the biggest challenge in your field?
Pulling together an integrated picture of all the possible interactions and feedbacks that might take place across the globe at different spatial scales and throughout society, as a result of a changing climate.
What advice would you give to someone considering an undergraduate degree in geography?
Study what you love and are passionate about.