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Dr James Cooper BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA

Reader in Environmental Hydraulics and School Director of Education Geography and Planning

    Biography

    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 am Chair of the UK Chapter of the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research.

    I am School Director of Education leading on education provision across two departments and five disciplines, and Chair of the School Education Committee. I have strong interests in active learning and authentic assessment, having received a University Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching Excellence, University Learning and Teaching Fellowship and two Faculty Learning and Teaching Awards.

    Personal Distinctions

    • University Learning and Teaching Fellowship (Competitive Fellowship, University of Liverpool 2019)
    • Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching Excellence (Prize, 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)
    • Convenor (Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, Syracuse, New York 2018)
    • International Scientific Committee Member: 9th International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics (Riverflow 2018) (International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research 2018)
    • Convenor (UK International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research Conference 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)
    • Keynote speaker (Keynote Speech, Contamination Expo 2016)
    • Awarded 'Outstanding reviewer' (Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 2016)
    • Honorary Research Fellowship (National Tsing Hua University 2016)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, Irstea, France (Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies pour l'environnement et l'agriculture) 2016)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, Southampton University 2016)
    • Awarded 'Outstanding reviewer' (Geomorphology journal 2015)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, National Tsing Hua University 2015)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, Durham University 2013)
    • Faculty Learning and Teaching Award (University of Liverpool 2013)
    • Convenor of session on 'From grains to landscapes: recent advances in understanding the links between surface topography, fluid mechanics and sediment transport ' (EGU 2013 2013)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, Loughborough University 2012)
    • Visiting Professor (University of Padova, Italy 2011)
    • Keynote Speaker (Keynote Speech, Int. Workshop on Hydraulics, Sediment Transport and Morphological Evolution of Gravel-bed Rivers 2011)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, University of Sheffield 2011)
    • Chair of session on ‘Laboratory experiments, instrumentation, and hydraulic modelling’ at 33rd International Association of Hydraulic Research Congress (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research 2009)
    • Keynote speaker (Invitation to Speak, E.U. workshop on the Physical Modelling of Ecological Processes in Environmental Hydraulics 2008)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, International Workshop on Wave Turbulence 2007)
    • Seminar (Invitation to Speak, University of Sheffield 2005)

    Administrative Roles

    • 2018-Present: Director of Education (School of Environmental Sciences)
    • 2016-Present: Senior Tutor (Department of Geography and Planning)
    • 2016-Present: Disability and Welfare Officer (Department of Geography and Planning)
    • 2013-2016: Director of Studies for Environmental Science (School of Environmental Sciences)
    • 2013-2016: XJTLU Lead for Environmental Science, and Lead Moderator for 2+2 XJTLU-UoL Environmental Science programmes (School of Environmental Sciences)

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