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Professor James Cooper BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA

Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research Geography and Planning

    About

    Personal Statement

    My research lies within the area of environmental hydraulics, linked to the study of flow and sediment transport processes within fluvial, hillslope and estuarine environments. I study the critical factors that influence the mechanics of flooding, erosion and the transport of contaminated sediment. I have a mixed background in Geography (BSc) and Civil Engineering (PhD). I have previously worked as a PDRA at Sheffield, an ARCO Research Fellow in Environmental Fluid Dynamics at Hull and a Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bradford. I was Chair of the UK Chapter of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research.

    I am Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research, providing academic leadership across four Schools within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and Chair of the Faculty PGR Committee. I am also Chair of the University Digital Education Group.

    Previously I was School Director of Education leading on education provision across two departments and five disciplines, and Chair of the School Education Committee and School Board of Studies.

    I have strong interests in digital learning and authentic assessment, having received a University Learning and Teaching Fellowship, a University Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching Excellence, and two Faculty Learning and Teaching Awards.

    Prizes or Honours

    • Honorary Research Fellowship (National Tsing Hua University, 2020)
    • University Learning and Teaching Fellowship (Univesity of Liverpool, 2018)
    • Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching Excellence (University of Liverpool, 2018)
    • Commendation for ‘University Lecturer of the Year’ (University of Liverpool, 2018)
    • Awarded 'Outstanding reviewer' (Geomorphology journal, 2018)
    • Chair of UK Chapter (International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research, 2018)
    • Awarded 'Outstanding reviewer' (Journal of Hydrology, 2018)
    • Faculty Learning and Teaching Award (University of Liverpool, 2018)
    • Honorary Research Fellowship (National Tsing Hua University, 2018)
    • Vice-chair of UK Chapter (International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research, 2017)
    • Honorary Research Fellowship (National Tsing Hua University, 2017)
    • Awarded 'Outstanding reviewer' (Geomorphology journal, 2017)
    • Awarded 'Outstanding reviewer' (Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 2017)
    • Honorary Research Fellowship (National Tsing Hua University, 2016)
    • Awarded 'Outstanding reviewer' (Geomorphology journal, 2015)
    • Visting Professor Fellowship (University of Tsukuba, Japan, 2014)
    • Faculty Learning and Teaching Award (University of Liverpool, 2013)
    • Visiting Professor at University of Padova (University of Padova, Italy, 2011)

    Funded Fellowships

    • Visiting Professor at University of Tsukuba (European Commission, 2016)
    • Visiting Professor at University of Tsukuba (2014)
    • Visiting Professor at University of Padova (2011)
    • ARCO Research Fellowship in Environmental Fluid Dynamics (2005 - 2009)