Former members

Ellie Tighe – University of Southampton

E TigheEllie Tighe has spent the last six months researching migration and the ‚Äėleft-behind‚Äô in the Mahanadi river delta, India. This qualitative study has involved semi-structured interviews with household members left-behind, looking at migration-livelihood interactions and household capacity to cope with shocks and stresses. Ellie is part of the EU-CASCO collaborative network, helping to build a sustainable partnership of EU and Indian researchers. Ellie holds a PhD from the University of Southampton.

Dr Valentina Lauria – Plymouth Marine Labs

Valentina_LauriaDr. Valentina Lauria is a marine ecologist, her research focuses on the temporal and spatial effects of fisheries and climate change upon marine food webs using modelling techniques to predict future effects upon marine ecosystems. Her work within the DECCMA project involves a comparative analysis of fisheries and socio-economic structure in three populous deltas at risk of climate change.

Grace Remond – MET Office

Derek Clarke – University of Southampton

Derek ClarkeDr Derek Clarke’s research includes analysis of water resources, irrigation water management, groundwater and soil-vegetation-salinity problems in the coastal zone. He has skills in simulation of tides and floods in estuaries and flood risk, including climate change and sea level rise. He led the team that wrote the first Windows version of CROPWAT, the United Nations’ standard design software for irrigation water use. He was closely involved in the design and setup of the DECCMA project and is contributing to knowledge in salinity accumulation in deltaic regions.

Carol McSweeney – MET Office

Renato Cumani – FAO

Nina Hissen – University of Dundee

Nina HissenNina Hissen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Dundee and is currently supporting DECCMA’s Work Package 1 with a focus on stakeholder participation and engagement. Nina’s research interests include transboundary water governance and its relevance for climate change adaptation.

Tracy Cull – Kulima

Tracy CullTracy Cull is a geographer with extensive experience of designing and delivering training courses, both within tertiary institutions and customised professional short courses. She has particular interests in taking a gender-sensitive approach and has experience with climate change adaptation in Africa.  As well as supporting the integration of gender across the DECCMA consortium, Tracy is particularly involved in WP1.

Prof. Manuel Barange – Plymouth Marine Labs

Manuel BarangeProf. Manuel Barange is Director of Science at PML and Honorary Professor at CLES, University of Exeter. Recently, he has focused his research on the impacts of climate change and economic globalization on marine-based commodities, on the contributions of marine ecosystems to food production, and on the interactions between natural and social sciences in fisheries, ecosystems and climate change. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications.  In DECCMA he leads the PML team, which will conduct a comparative analysis of marine environmental change in the four deltas, from ocean physics to fish production.

Andres Payo-Garcia – University of Southampton

Andres PayoAndres Payo is a Research Fellow on Coastal Integrated Modelling at Southampton University and a Senior Visiting Research Associate at the ECI, Oxford University. He is a coastal system modeller, with experience in large scale and long term assessment of coastal erosion and flooding in Bangladesh, UK, Japan, Spain and USA. Andres is working on the quantitative-modelling coastal systems for the DECCMA project.


Kishore Dhavala – BC3

Alex Chapman – University of Southampton

Alex ChapmanAlex Chapman is a Research Fellow interested in the evaluation of adaptation to climate change. He has previously focused particularly on the application of system dynamics models to evaluating action in delta regions. His PhD thesis at Southampton looked at river dykes as adaptations in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta.   Alex will be developing criteria for evaluating adaptation success in the DECCMA project.

Dr Sophie Day – University of Southampton

sophieday_mugshotDr Sophie Day has over a decade of environmental social science research experience in both academia and consultancy. Her expertise lies around the interplay between the social, policy and technical challenges facing long-term adaptation to climate change ‚Äď particularly in complex coastal contexts at local to international scales. Sophie is working to produce deliverables for Work Task 6.3, ‚ÄúTheorise interactions between autonomous household adaptation and planned adaptation‚ÄĚ, for the ‚ÄėAdaptation‚Äô work package (WP6).

Dr Ian Macadam – MET Office

Ian MacadamIan is a member of the Met Office’s Climate Information for International Development team. His role is to deliver and apply scientific research around climate modelling for a wide range of customers, including international meteorological services, governments and Non-Government Organisations. This work involves developing techniques for analysing and quantifying the impacts of climate change and associated risks. His role in DECCMA is to provide climate model data to the project and advise on its use.

Sikhululekile Ncube (Skhue) – University of Dundee

SkhueSkhue Ncube is an Environmental Scientist with a keen interest in water resources management. She has conducted research on the Zambezi and Limpopo River Basins in Southern Africa. Skhue has worked in various projects involving stakeholder engagement in Zimbabwe. Her PhD focusses on mapping and assessing changes in ecosystem services in the Tweed catchment in Scotland.  Skhue is currently focussing on stakeholder mapping and barriers to implementation under Work Package 1 of the DECCMA project at the University of Dundee.

Ramazan Sayan (Caner) – University of Dundee

Caner_PhotoR.¬†Caner Sayan has an inter-disciplinary background in social sciences with a focus on environmental governance. His research interests include environmental justice, political ecology and the nature-society nexus, in particular on water management practices. In the DECCMA Project, Caner supports Work Package 1 at the University of Dundee, while¬†he is¬†personally¬†interested in Work Package 3’s work on displacement, abandonment and¬†resettlement.

John Latham – FAO

jlathamJohn Latham has 25 years experience in research, development, application, technology transfer and capacity building programmes in developing and developed countries. Focused on GIS and remotely sensed data from earth observation satellites for environmental and natural resources management. Skilled in training and technical cooperation networks implementation, and in advocating design and implementation of programs that are conducive to indigenous technology development. He will be working on Work Package 2 on the DECCMA Project.

Dr. Colette Mortreux – University of Exeter

CMortreuxDr. Colette Mortreux is an early career human geographer studying climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Her research explores the ways in which attitudes to climate risk and adaptation decisions are embedded in people’s daily lives, shaped by their circumstances, their experiences and values. Colette’s role on the DECCMA project is to examine the political economy of resettlement and to engage directly with communities so as to develop scenarios of displacement, abandonment and resettlement at a local scale. This will involve key informant interviews with stakeholders, historical and political analysis, and qualitative fieldwork with resettled and/or threatened communities.