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People in the Department: PhD students

People in the Department: PhD students

Below is a list of PhD students in the Department, undertaking graduate study.

Current students

Name Phd title and details Supervisor(s)
Image of person Isabel Airas The affective politics of political movements: structures of feeling, political resonance machines and hotspots. Funding: ESRC DTP. Began October 2017. Prof Ash Amin
Image of person Henry Anderson-Elliott To re-frame the conservation of polar bears in Svalbard, looking at the socio-cultural norms and values that structure the human relationships with the species. Funding: ESRC -College matched. Began October 2016.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Dr Michael Bravo
Image of person Katarzyna Baran International Development Cooperation from below: recipients' perceptions of development cooperation in Haiti. Funding: Self. Began October 2016.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Dr Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Martin Baur Leveraging remote sensing-based information on plant water status for ecosystem models. Funding: Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship. Began October 2020. Dr Andrew Friend
Image of person Corinne Benedek Using Sentinel-1 SAR data to map the fate of meltwater in the percolation zone. Funding: CISS award. Began October 2015. Dr Ian Willis
Simon Billett UK soft power in India. Funding: FCO?. Began October 2018. Dr Emma Mawdsley and ?
Prerna Bindra Inviolate for tigers: Can conservation-related resettlement meet the objectives wildlife conservation and social justice?. Funding: Cambridge Trust GREAT University of Cambridge Scholarship. Began October 2020. Prof Bhaskar Vira
Image of person Clare Elizabeth Bissell The Political Ecology of Trees and Birds in Ghana: People, power and perspectives driving landscape change in Kwahu East. Funding: ESRC - RSPB. Began October 2016. Prof Bill Adams and Juliet Vickery
Image of person Diane Borden ‘Apis-temologies’: More-than-human Temporalities of Pollination and Economics. Funding: Cambridge International Scholarship. Began October 2019. Dr Maan Barua
Image of person Karla Boxall Investigating annual and seasonal velocity variations of George VI Ice Shelf and its contributing glaciers. Funding: C-CLEAR NERC DTP. Began October 2020. Dr Ian Willis and Dr Frazer Christie and Dr Neil Arnold
Image of person Helen Brooks Can nature protect us from the coastal impacts of climate change. Funding: NERC. Began October 2016.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Dr Iris Möller and Prof Tom Spencer and Dr Katherine Royse
Emiliano Cabrera Rocha Genomic Utopia in the Jungle: Indigenous Knowledge, Instruments, and Infrastructure in the Remaking of the Amazon. Funding: Gates Cambridge. Began October 2020. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Tiffany Dang Dispossession By Design. Funding: Newnham College. Began October 2018. Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Rebecca Dell Melting, Ponding and Refreezing on Antacrtic Ice shelves. Funding: NERC. Began October 2017. Dr Ian Willis and Dr Neil Arnold and Dr Alison Banwell
Image of person Valerio Donfrancesco The political ecology of coexistence between people and large carnivores. Funding: ESRC DTP. Began October 2020.
Image of person David Durand-Delacre The making of the 'climate migrant': an analysis of a circulating label in France and the Sahel. Funding: Cambridge European Scholarship. Began October 2018. Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Annemarie Eckes-Shephard Improving our understanding of the role of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics in the global carbon cycle. Funding: Self. Began October 2016.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Dr Andrew Friend
Image of person Frédérique Fardin Vulnerability and adaptive capacity in mangrove forests and their fisheries. Funding: Nippon NERUS. Began October 2018. Prof Tom Spencer and Dr Mike Bithell
Image of person Melissa Fielding The Space in Between: Everyday Life and Activism in Women’s Experiences of Social Housing in Contemporary Britain. Funding: VC Award and King's College. Began October 2018. Dr Mia Gray
Image of person Xingran Gao (Thesis title will be available in due course.) Dr Michael Herzog
Image of person Premdeep Gill Studying antarctic seals by remote sensing. Funding: ESS DTP NERC. Began October 2018. Dr Gareth Rees and Peter Fretwell
Image of person Lucy Goodman Large scale water-management infrastructure in Central and South Asia - to what extent have policies been based on flawed or incomplete economic analysis driven environmental. Funding: ESRC DTP. Began October 2017. Prof Bhaskar Vira
Image of person Ellen Gordon Street-level bureaucracy and inclusive governance in Ecuador. Funding: ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship. Began October 2018. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Annette Green A political ecology of conservation and development corridors in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. Funding: ESRC. Began October 2016. Dr Chris Sandbrook
Image of person Abbie Greig Regulating ‘The Good Patient’: Organ Transplantation and the Regulation of the (Dis)embodied Self. Funding: Emmanuel College. Began October 2020. Dr Philip Howell
Image of person Anna Guasco Narrating cetacean conservation: histories, justice, and narratives of gray whale migration along the North American Pacific coast. Funding: Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Began October 2019. Dr Philip Howell
Image of person Maria Hagan Policing presence: the struggle for informal spaces of life for exiles in France in the shadow of an institutional alternative. Funding: VC Award and Wolfson College Scholarship and Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship. Began October 2018. Prof Ash Amin
Image of person Friederike Hartz An investigation into the political philosophy of the IPCC using notions of responsibility. Funding: OOC AHRC DTP and Pembroke College. Began October 2020. Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Maximilian Hepach Under the weather: towards a phenomenological genealogy of weather and climate. Funding: AHRC and Cambridge European Scholarship - Cambridge Trust CCEIT. Began October 2018. Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Sarah Hughes Development finance: private finance and innovative financing models in a ‘beyond aid’ era. Funding: ESRC DTP. Began October 2019. Dr Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Elizabeth Isaac Eurasian plague pandemics: Analysing past Yersinia pestis pandemics and historical climate conditions to inform modelling approaches to future large-scale pandemic geospatial modelling. Funding: Self-funding. Began October 2020.
Image of person Pei Jiang Seeds of Struggle: A Political Ecology of Millet Growing in Aohan, China. Funding: Self-funding. Began October 2019. Dr David Nally
Image of person James Johnston Conserving a Safe Operating Space for Terrestrial Ecosystem Functioning via Integration of Plant- and Animal-based Ecologies and Models. Funding: DAERA Postgraduate Studentship. Began October 2020. Dr Andrew Friend
Image of person Dino Kadich Young people at Europe’s margins: An intimate geopolitics of the future. Funding: GATES America. Began October 2019. Dr Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Edward Kiely Mental Health in the ‘Holding Pattern’: The management of madness in austerity Britain. Funding: ESRC. Began October 2018. Dr David Nally
Image of person James Kirkham Reconstructing water flow beneath past ice sheets. Funding: ESS DTP NERC. Began October 2018. Prof Julian Dowdeswell
Image of person Robert Law Fast-flowing ice in Greenland: fibre opticbmeasurements and process based modelling. Funding: ESS DTP NERC. Began October 2018. Dr Poul Christoffersen
Image of person Anna Lawrence Botanical Biopolitics: The Socio-Political Lives of Flowers in Victorian Britain. Funding: AHRC Isaac Newton Trust Studentship (Cambridge AHRC DTP and AHRC). Began October 2018. Dr Philip Howell
Image of person Stephen Lezak The new ‘Last Frontier’: Extraction and Adaptation in Rural Alaska. Funding: Cambridge International Scholarship. Began October 2019. Dr Richard Powell
Image of person Rogelio Luque Lora The New Conservation Debate: Exploring Conservationists' Values and Viewpoints. Funding: Cambridge European Scholarship (CCEIT). Began October 2018. Dr Chris Sandbrook
Image of person Debolina Majumder Labour informality and the urban landscape in Delhi. Funding: Smuts International Scholarship (Cambridge Trust). Began October 2017. Dr Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Joseph Alejandro Martinez Salinas Risk, Uncertainty and Rural Development in Colombia: Labour and Capital in Times of Food Security. Funding: COLCIENCIAS. Began October 2018. Dr David Nally
Image of person Charlotte Milbank Wild Foods, Hunger and Nutrition – harnessing knowledge for sustainable food security. Funding: ESRC DTP. Began October 2019. Prof Bhaskar Vira
Image of person Alice Millington ‘Amended Animation’: Engaging with the ‘More than human’ Topographies of Tibetan-Himalayan belief systems as a platform to approach climate change in the Himalayas. Funding: ESRC DTP IS. Began October 2019. Prof Bhaskar Vira
Priti Mohandas The Politics of Power: Understanding “transformation” through gender, energy and domestic space in Transitional Housing in Cape Town, South Africa. Funding: ESRC DTP. Began October 2020.
Image of person Papa Momodou Jack The Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI) Scheme: The role of ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status in explaining differential health outcomes in Ethiopia. Funding: GATES. Began October 2018. Dr Alice Reid
Image of person Matipa Mukondiwa The Pursuit of Knowledge: coloniality and decoloniality in Zimbabwean Secondary Schools. Funding: Cambridge-Africa Trust. Began October 2020. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Fleur Nash Understanding participation in and through conservation research and practice. Funding: ESRC DTP KeS. Began October 2019. Dr Chris Sandbrook
Alasdair Neilson Embedding Green Capitalism: The Impacts of Biofuel Industries on Social Difference in Kenya's Great Rift Valley. Funding: ESRC matched with Pembroke. Began October 2018. Dr Ivan Scales
Image of person Alice Oates Instruments of scientific governance? Historical geographies of Halley Bay, 1956-present. Funding: AHRC CDA. Began October 2019. Dr Richard Powell
Image of person Noam Obermeister Misaligned or mismanaged? Exploring the role of expectations and tacit negotiations in expert advice - the case of environmental science-policy in the UK. Funding: ESRC. Began October 2018. Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Tami Okamoto Territory and indigenous geographies in the Peruvian Amazon. Began October 2018. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Michael Overton Governing Wildness: The more-than-human politics of rewilding landscapes. Funding: Self-funding. Began October 2019. Dr Maan Barua
Image of person Catriona Parpworth Brexit as rupture or just more of the same?: women’s everyday lives within and beyond the ‘lost decade’. Funding: ESRC DTP. Began October 2020. Dr Francesca Moore
Image of person Peili Pey Urban green assemblage: a machinic approach to green cities. Funding: Self Funding. Began October 2018. Prof Ash Amin
Image of person Ben Platt London in the 'Anthropocene': morphogenetic landscapes and environmental power. Funding: AHRC (OOC) DTP Scholarship and Cambridge Trust. Began October 2019. Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Viviana Pupeza Cecil Rhodes’ Cape to Cairo and Urban Transformations, 1890 - 1961. Funding: German Academic Scholarship Foundation. Began February 2020. Dr Charlotte Lemanski
Image of person Sarah Rafferty Infant and early childhood mortality decline in London, 1870-1929: a spatial and temporal analysis of its patterns, inequalities and policy impacts. Funding: AHRC. Began October 2018. Dr Alice Reid
Image of person Timothy Reilly Governance of the Arctic and the oil and gas industry. Funding: Self-funded. Began October 2015.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Dr Gareth Rees
Image of person Chloe Rixon Memory, Cinema and Polish Deathscapes: Re-membering the Holocaust. Funding: OOC AHRC DTP. Began October 2020. Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Martin Rogers Mind the gap: exploiting satellite technology for coastal climate change adaptation in the data-poor 'gap' of intertidal zones. Funding: NERC Dream CDT. Began October 2018. Dr Iris Möller
Image of person Lily Marie Rubino A confluence of change: water insecurity, Wayuu women & place in La Guajira, Colombia. Funding: Gates Cambridge. Began October 2020. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Graham Sadler Monitoring environmental disturbance, degradation, and recovery in polar regions with satellite imagery: Driving towards sustainable development of natural resources. Funding: Self-funding. Began October 2020.
Image of person Udisha Saklani Dams, Development and Diplomacy: Deconstructing Indian dam-building in the Himalayas. Funding: MAC Scholarship at Newnham College. Began October 2018. Dr Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Morgan Seag Equal Opportunities on Ice: Gendered institutional change in 20th century Antarctic science. Funding: GATES. Began October 2016. Dr Michael Bravo
Olivia Shears Building with Nature: the role of bio-physical linkages within coastal wetland restoration. Funding: ESS DTP NERC . Began October 2018. Dr Iris Möller
Image of person Hafsah Siddiqui The Politics of Mobilisation in Urban Pakistan. Funding: Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Began October 2019. Dr Charlotte Lemanski
Image of person Trishant Simlai The political ecology of conservation militarisation in India: Social and political implications of using surveillance technologies for conservation. Funding: Various. Began October 2017. Dr Chris Sandbrook
Image of person Carolyn Smith Indigenous Cosmologies and Active Volcanism Across the Chile-Argentina Border. Funding: ERC IMAGINE. Began October 2020.
Image of person Laura Trajber Waisbich Negotiating Accountability in South-South Cooperation for Development. Funding: CISS. Began October 2017.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Dr Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Jonathon Turnbull A Radioactive Refuge: Caring for Contaminated Canids in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Funding: ESRC. Began October 2018. Prof Bill Adams and Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Hannah Wynton Explosive volcanism in the Kenyan Rift: a tephrostratigraphic perspective. Funding: NERC DTP. Began October 2019. Prof Christine Lane
Naï Zakharia Gender and histories of Arctic field science, 1900-1950. Funding: OOC AHRC DTP and Cambridge European & Newnham College Scholarship. Began October 2020.

Recently approved for the PhD

Name Phd title and details Supervisor(s)
Image of person Misbah Khatana Aamir Negotiating gendered space: Exploring forces that influence the construction of labour markets in Pakistan. Funding: Cambs Trusts. Dr Mia Gray
Image of person Jean-Philippe Baudouin Winter rain, summer rain: adaptation, climate change, resilience and the Indus Civilisation (TwoRains). Funding: ERC (Archaeology). Dr Michael Herzog
Image of person Tanvi Bhatkal Making cities work for women: gender and urban planning in India. Funding: Self. Dr Charlotte Lemanski
Image of person Lander Bosch On shape and being shaped: the relation between overweight and obesity in London's schoolchildren and the energy-expending characteristics of their built environment. Funding: ESRC DTP. Dr Alice Reid
Image of person Peadar Brehony Socio-ecological systems and drought in East Africa. Funding: Self. Prof Nigel Leader-Williams
Image of person Edward Bryan "Let them come to Berlin": Critically Examining the Geopolitical Significance of John F. Kennedy's visit to West Berlin on 26 June 1963. Funding: Trinity Hall. Dr Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Han Cheng Politics of knowledge construction in China's international development cooperation. Funding: CSC Cambridge Intern. Sch. Dr Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Thomas Chudley Tracking water under the Greenland Ice Sheet with UAVs. Funding: NERC. Dr Poul Christoffersen
Image of person Samuel Cook Will fast glaciers accelerate under a warming climate?. Funding: NERC. Dr Poul Christoffersen
Image of person Hannah Cubaynes Whales from space: studying ballen whales by satellite. Funding: MAVA Foundation. Dr Gareth Rees and Peter Fretwell
Image of person Ragnhild Dale Local content or dreams at sea? The performance of resource management in Sápmi and the Norwegian North. Funding: GATES. Dr Richard Powell and Dr Piers Vitebsky
Ben Gardiner City-Level Resilience and the Role of Sectoral Structure. Prof Ron Martin
Sebastian Gibson The Pleistocene History of the Birmingham District. Funding: Self-funded. Prof Philip Gibbard
Image of person Wenkai Guo The location and dynamics of Arctic treeline and its relationship with circumarctic snow cover variability. Funding: Cambridge Trusts, Trinity Henry-Barlow Award, Self-funding. Dr Gareth Rees
Image of person Sebastian Haug Investigating liminality: Turkey and Mexico in global development. Funding: Vice-Chancellor’s Award and ESRC. Dr Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Thomas Jackson Paradiplomacy in the Russian Federation: A Critical Geopolitics Perspective. Funding: ESRC-College matched. Dr Alex Jeffrey
Katy Jeary Land sparing and its impact on local forest biodiversity, local land users and their food security. Funding: CHESS. Dr Chris Sandbrook and Dr Mike Bithell
Image of person Judit Kuschnitzki Negotiating Statehood: A Study of the Yemeni Diplomatic Service. Funding: ESRC and College Matched Funding Award with some CT's. Dr Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Michael McCarthy Rubble Matters! How can we map the thickness of debris on Himalayan Glaciers?. Funding: NERC. Student at BAS. Dr Hamish Pritchard and Dr Ian Willis
Image of person Amy McGuire The Quaternary climate of the eastern Mediterranean: insights into changes in climate and environment and their impact on human populations. Funding: Department. Prof Christine Lane
Image of person Marcus Nyman Plants, food and the repurposing of urban nature: the geographies of foraging and landscape in London. Funding: ERC grant. Prof Matthew Gandy
Francisco Oliveira Filho A new paradigm for the Brazilian Amazon: environmental law enforcement, land use dynamics and the rural environmental registry (CAR). Funding: Cambridge Trusts. Prof Nigel Leader-Williams
Image of person James Pollard Temporal and spatial patterns of shoreline change and exposure of coastal communities and ecosystems to future flood risks. Funding: NERC DREAM DTC. Prof Tom Spencer and Dr Iris Möller
Image of person Emily Potter Melting Himalayas: using a regional climate model to simulate the effect of future climate change in the 'Water Tower of Asia'. Funding: BAS NERC award. Dr Ian Willis and Dr Andrew Orr
Image of person Simon Price Geology and geotechnical properties of Quaternary sediments in the English South Midlands. Funding: EPSRC Industrial Case Studentship. Prof Philip Gibbard
Image of person Nida Rehman Urban Vectors: The Politics and Practices of Public Health in Lahore. Funding: Rethinking Urban Nature ERC grant. Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Adam Searle Celia's ghost: Liminality and authenticity in de/extinction. Funding: VC Award and King's College. Prof Bill Adams
Image of person Rachel Seary Mangroves, fisheries and community livelihoods. Funding: Nippon Nereus Fellowship. Prof Tom Spencer and Dr Mike Bithell
Image of person Saba Sharma The state and ethnic violence in Assam, India. Funding: GATES. Prof Bhaskar Vira
Image of person Sipke Shaughnessy The politics of conservation, identities and livelihoods in Mukogodo Forest, Kenya. Funding: ESRC. Dr Liz Watson
Image of person Hyesop Shin Assessing health vulnerability to air pollution in megacities using agent-based modelling. Funding: Self. Dr Mike Bithell
Image of person Oliver Taherzadeh Global hydrology and the resource nexus. Funding: Vice Chancellor's award. Dr Mike Bithell and Prof Keith Richards
Image of person Makoto Takahashi The Improvised Expert: examining how expert authority is claimed and contested in conditions of low public trust, with empirical reference to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. Funding: ESRC. Dr Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Praveen Teleti Antarctic and Southern Ocean climate change reconstructed from historical records. Funding: Nehru Trust and Christ's College Bursary. Dr Gareth Rees and Prof Julian Dowdeswell
Image of person Rebecca Vignols Understanding future changes in Northern Hemisphere snow. Funding: NERC - BAS award. Dr Gareth Rees and Dr Gareth Marshall
Image of person Sibylla Warrington Brown Intersectional economic inequalities under plurinational agendas: indigenous women's work and citizenship in post-neoliberal Bolivia. Funding: ESRC +3. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Karen Wong-Pérez Understanding the links between the Natural Environment and local perceptions of Poverty, Human Well-being and Environmental fairness in San Felipe, Yucatan, Mexico. Funding: CONACYT-Cambridge Trust. Prof Bhaskar Vira

Note: only those students who have given their consent to be listed online are listed above.