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Dr Neil Macdonald BSc, MSc, PhD

Reader in Geography Geography and Planning


Personal Statement

Reader in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty

Neil has published over 50 publications in international peer reviewed journals, with research grant awards totalling over £1.25M with funding from NERC; EPSRC; ESRC; AHRC; British Academy and the Carnegie Trust and was part of the team that secured £5.29M for the EPSRC and ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments within the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty (EP/L008181/1). A number of projects have been undertaken in collaboration with industrial partners, including Severn-Trent, United Utilities, River Ribble Trust, SEPA and the Environment Agency. He currently has a research team of six PhD students and one PDRA working with him, focused on floods, droughts and past weather extremes. He sat on the main committee of British Hydrological Society 2007-13 and led an EU working group on historical floods (eCOST ES0901) and is on the steering group of the recently formed PAGES group exploring palaeo-floods.

Personal Distinctions

  • Five keynote presentations at International meetings (Keynote Speech, EGU; PAGES; British Association (BA); EnvironmentAsia; HEX 2014)
  • >20 invited International presentations (Invitation to Speak, variety of bodies and groups since 2005)

Administrative Roles

  • Discipline Lead for Geography BA and BSc programmes (2016-)
  • Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, Technical Committee, (2011-present)
  • Programme Director of the MSc in Environment Science (2010-2016)
  • School PGT Programme Director (2015-2016)
  • Programme Director the BSc in Environment Science (2010-2013)

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