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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 Katarzyna Baran International Development Cooperation from below: recipients' perceptions of development cooperation in Haiti. Funding: Self.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Prof Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Martin Baur Leveraging remote sensing-based information on plant water status for ecosystem models. Funding: Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship. Prof Andrew Friend
Tatiana Bebchuk Which climate story does yew tell us: the potential of taxus baccata to reconstruct environmental changes of South-Eastern England in Middle Holocene. Funding: Hill Foundation Scholarship. Prof Ulf Büntgen and Prof Clive Oppenheimer
Image of person Corinne Benedek Using Sentinel-1 SAR data to map the fate of meltwater in the percolation zone. Funding: CISS award. Prof Ian Willis
Simon Billett UK soft power in India. Funding: FCO?. Prof Emma Mawdsley and Prof Tim Wilkinson
Image of person Prerna Bindra The aftermath: the human implications of conservation related relocations; and the institutions that shape them. Funding: Benefactor's Scholarship Award, St. John's College. 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.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
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. 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. Prof Ian Willis and Dr Frazer Christie and Dr Neil Arnold
Kate Brockie The characteristics, opportunities and aspirations of young women not in employment, education or training (NEET) in Bangladesh. Funding: ESRC DTP. Prof Bhaskar Vira and Dr Anna Barford
Image of person Emiliano Cabrera Rocha Genomic Utopia in the Jungle: Indigenous Knowledge, Instruments, and Infrastructure in the Remaking of the Amazon. Funding: Gates Cambridge. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Emilie Canova The Arctic and EUrope: two overlapping geopolitical regions . Funding: Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship. Prof Richard Powell
Image of person Tiffany Dang Dispossession By Design. Funding: Newnham College. Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Amandine Debus Using high-resolution Earth observation and socio-economic data to improve land-use classification and deforestation prediction in sub-Saharan Africa. Funding: NERC DTP (C-CLEAR). Dr Emily Lines and Emilie Beauchamp
Image of person Valerio Donfrancesco The political ecology of coexistence between people and large carnivores. Funding: ESRC DTP. Dr Chris Sandbrook
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.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Bronte Evans Rayward Animal Atmospheres and Scientific Practice on Bird Island. Funding: AHRC OOC DTP. Prof Richard Powell
Image of person Frédérique Fardin Vulnerability and adaptive capacity in mangrove forests and their fisheries. Funding: Nippon NERUS. 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. Dr Mia Gray
Image of person Xingran Gao (Thesis title will be available in due course.) Prof Michael Herzog
Image of person Premdeep Gill Studying antarctic seals by remote sensing. Funding: ESS DTP NERC. 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. Prof Bhaskar Vira
Image of person Ellen Gordon Street-level bureaucracy and inclusive governance in Ecuador. Funding: ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Ciara Greaves Icelandic volcanism, tree rings and human history. Funding: NERC DTP (C-CLEAR). Prof Ulf Büntgen and Prof Clive Oppenheimer
Image of person Abbie Greig Regulating ‘The Good Patient’: Organ Transplantation and the Regulation of the (Dis)embodied Self. Funding: Emmanuel College. Prof 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. Prof 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.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Prof Ash Amin
Image of person Madeleine Hahne Building Zion in the Anthropocene: The Complex Ways Religion and Geography Inform Climate Beliefs. Funding: Gates Cambridge. Prof Mike Hulme
Mathilda Hancock (Thesis title will be available in due course.) Prof Andrew Friend
Image of person Friederike Hartz Making the future possible? The IPCC, its philosophy and responsibilities in climate science and policy. Funding: OOC AHRC DTP and Pembroke College. Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Maximilian Hepach The climatic: A phenomenological approach to climate and its changes. Funding: AHRC and Cambridge European Scholarship - Cambridge Trust CCEIT. Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Coco Huggins A New Poor Law Politics? Exploring a Dickensian Discourse of UK Austerity from 2010 to 2020. Funding: ESRC DTP. Dr Mia Gray
Image of person Sarah Hughes Development finance: private finance and innovative financing models in a ‘beyond aid’ era. Funding: ESRC DTP. Prof Emma Mawdsley
Image of person Elizabeth Isaac The Shadows of The Horsemen:
 An analysis of spatiotemporal patterns of a trilogy of Y. pestis Pandemics and Subsistence Crises across Eurasia and the Mediterranean Littoral. Funding: Self-funding. Prof Clive Oppenheimer
Image of person Pei Jiang Seeds of Struggle: A Political Ecology of Millet Growing in Aohan, China. Funding: Self-funding. 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. Prof Andrew Friend
Image of person Dino Kadich Young people at Europe’s margins: An intimate geopolitics of the future. Funding: GATES America. Prof Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Edward Kiely Mental Health in the ‘Holding Pattern’: The management of madness in austerity Britain. Funding: ESRC. Dr David Nally
Image of person James Kirkham Reconstructing water flow beneath past ice sheets. Funding: ESS DTP NERC. Prof Julian Dowdeswell
Image of person Ellen Kujawa Identifying data gaps and understanding policy in transboundary natural hazard management. Funding: Cambridge International Scholarship. Dr Amy Donovan
Image of person Robert Law Fast-flowing ice in Greenland: fibre opticbmeasurements and process based modelling. Funding: ESS DTP NERC. Prof 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). Prof Philip Howell
Image of person Stephen Lezak The new ‘Last Frontier’: Extraction and Adaptation in Rural Alaska. Funding: Cambridge International Scholarship. Prof Richard Powell
Image of person Rogelio Luque Lora The New Conservation Debate: Exploring Conservationists' Values and Viewpoints. Funding: Cambridge European Scholarship (CCEIT). Dr Chris Sandbrook
Image of person Debolina Majumder Labour informality and the urban landscape in Delhi. Funding: Smuts International Scholarship (Cambridge Trust). Prof 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. Dr David Nally
Image of person Elspeth Mathau Emerging agriculture and shifting landscapes in Northern Canada: implications for biodiversity conservation, regional and indigenous food systems, and biocultural adaption. Dr David Nally
Image of person Charlotte Milbank Wild Foods, Hunger and Nutrition – harnessing knowledge for sustainable food security. Funding: ESRC DTP. 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. Prof Bhaskar Vira
Image of person Elisabeth Mjaaland Early-life effects on later-life health outcomes: Influenza, seasonality and feeding methods in 20th century Derbyshire. Funding: ESRC DTP (IS). Prof Alice Reid
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. Prof Charlotte Lemanski
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.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Prof Alice Reid
Grace Mueller Entering heterogenous economies: labor market experiences of young women in Nepal. Funding: ESRC DTP and Cambridge International Scholarship. Prof Bhaskar Vira and Dr Anna Barford
Image of person Matipa Mukondiwa The Pursuit of Knowledge: coloniality and decoloniality in Zimbabwean Secondary Schools. Funding: Cambridge-Africa Trust. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Fleur Nash Understanding participation in and through conservation research and practice. Funding: ESRC DTP KeS. 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. Dr Ivan Scales
Image of person Alice Oates Instruments of scientific governance? Historical geographies of Halley Bay, 1956-present. Funding: AHRC CDA. Prof 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. Prof Mike Hulme
Image of person Tami Okamoto Territory and indigenous geographies in the Peruvian Amazon. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Michael Overton Governing Wildness: The more-than-human politics of rewilding landscapes. Funding: Self-funding. Dr Maan Barua
Image of person Jinheum Park Long-range impacts of the Youngest Toba Tuff (YTT) eruption, 74,000 years ago. Funding: NERC DTP (C-CLEAR) and Cambridge International Scholarship. Prof Christine Lane and Prof Clive Oppenheimer
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. Prof Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Peili Pey Urban green assemblage: a machinic approach to green cities. Funding: Self Funding. 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. Prof Matthew Gandy
Nicholas Pritchard (Thesis title will be available in due course.) Prof Philip Howell
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. Prof Alice Reid
Image of person Chloe Rixon Memory, Cinema and Polish Deathscapes: Re-membering the Holocaust. Funding: OOC AHRC DTP. Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Lily Marie Rubino Universal Access? Exploring everyday experiences of urban water insecurity in Newburgh, NY. Funding: Gates Cambridge. Prof Sarah Radcliffe
Image of person Graham Sadler Remote monitoring of Arctic pollution from oil spills. Funding: Self-funding. Dr Gareth Rees
Mushtari Saidikova Health effects of atmospheric aerosols in urban and volcanically-influenced environments. Funding: University of Central Asia Cambridge Scholarship. Dr Anja Schmidt and Prof Clive Oppenheimer
Image of person Udisha Saklani Dams, Development and Diplomacy: Deconstructing Indian dam-building in the Himalayas. Funding: MAC Scholarship at Newnham College. Prof Emma Mawdsley
Olivia Shears Building with Nature: the role of bio-physical linkages within coastal wetland restoration. Funding: ESS DTP NERC. Prof Tom Spencer
Image of person Hafsah Siddiqui The Politics of Mobilisation in Urban Pakistan. Funding: Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Prof 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.
PhD thesis submitted for examination.
Dr Chris Sandbrook
Image of person Carolyn Smith Indigenous Cosmologies and Active Volcanism Across the Chile-Argentina Border. Funding: ERC IMAGINE. Dr Amy Donovan
Owain Smith A case study of Antillanca, Chile - Assessing risks posed by volcanoes with no historical eruptions. Dr Amy Donovan and Prof Clive Oppenheimer
Ilanah Taves Variations in Responses to Newly Situated Wildlife Among Disparate Cultural Groups in Urban Spaces. Funding: Self-funded. Prof Philip Howell
Image of person Lucy Thompson Stepping in Time and Space with Circum-Atlantic Performance: A Cultural and Historical Geography of Tap Dance. Funding: Internal Graduate Studentship, Trinity College. Prof Philip Howell
Image of person Benjamin Thurlow Science, geopolitics, and non-human agency: deconstructing the elite political discourse of COVID-19. Funding: ESRC DTP. Prof Alex Jeffrey and Dr Amy Donovan
Image of person Jonathon Turnbull A Radioactive Refuge: Caring for Contaminated Canids in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Funding: ESRC. Prof Bill Adams and Prof Matthew Gandy
Image of person Joanna Watterson Infrastructural entrepreneurship in the off-grid city: energy access and provision in Cape Town and Johannesburg’s post-apartheid townships. Funding: ESRC DTP. Prof Charlotte Lemanski and Prof Jaideep Prabhu
Image of person Hannah Wynton Explosive volcanism in the Kenyan Rift: a tephrostratigraphic perspective. Funding: NERC DTP. Prof Christine Lane and Prof Clive Oppenheimer
Image of person Naï Zakharia Gender and histories of Arctic field science, 1900-1950. Funding: OOC AHRC DTP and Cambridge European & Newnham College Scholarship. Prof Richard Powell

Recently approved for the PhD

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. 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. Dr Michael Bravo
Image of person Jean-Philippe Baudouin Winter rain, summer rain: adaptation, climate change, resilience and the Indus Civilisation (TwoRains). Funding: ERC (Archaeology). Prof Michael Herzog
Image of person Tanvi Bhatkal Making cities work for women: gender and urban planning in India. Funding: Self. Prof 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. Prof Alice Reid
Image of person Peadar Brehony Socio-ecological systems and drought in East Africa. Funding: Self. Prof Nigel Leader-Williams
Image of person Helen Brooks Can nature protect us from the coastal impacts of climate change. Funding: NERC. Dr Iris Möller and Prof Tom Spencer and Dr Katherine Royse
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. Prof Alex Jeffrey
Image of person Thomas Chudley Tracking water under the Greenland Ice Sheet with UAVs. Funding: NERC. Prof Poul Christoffersen
Image of person Samuel Cook Will fast glaciers accelerate under a warming climate?. Funding: NERC. Prof Poul Christoffersen
Image of person Annemarie Eckes-Shephard Improving our understanding of the role of terrestrial ecosystem dynamics in the global carbon cycle. Funding: Self. Prof Andrew Friend
Image of person Annette Green A political ecology of conservation and development corridors in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania. Funding: ESRC. Dr Chris Sandbrook
Image of person Sebastian Haug Investigating liminality: Turkey and Mexico in global development. Funding: Vice-Chancellor’s Award and ESRC. Prof Emma Mawdsley
Marta Lang Influencing industrial facility compliance: provincial environment agency practices in Vietnam. Funding: CIS. Prof Keith Richards
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
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 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 Timothy Reilly Governance of the Arctic and the oil and gas industry. Funding: Self-funded. Dr Gareth Rees
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. Prof Tom Spencer and Dr Mike Bithell
Image of person Morgan Seag Equal Opportunities on Ice: Gendered institutional change in 20th century Antarctic science. Funding: GATES. Dr Michael Bravo
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 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 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 Laura Trajber Waisbich Negotiating Accountability in South-South Cooperation for Development. Funding: CISS. Prof Emma Mawdsley
Yifu Wang Identifying conservation solution in data-poor environments - the Yangtze finless porpoise as a conservation case study (an advertised project). Funding: Self funding. Prof Nigel Leader-Williams
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

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