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Dr James Cooper BSc (Hons), PhD, FHEA

Reader in Environmental Hydraulics and School Director of Education 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 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 and School Board of Studies. I have strong interests in active 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)
    • Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching Excellence (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 (University of Padova, Italy, 2011)

    Funded Fellowships

    • University Learning and Teaching Fellowship (University of Liverpool, 2018 - 2019)

    Other Personal Distinctions

    • 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)
    • 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)
    • 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)