Biography

I joined the School of International Development at UEA in May 1994 as a lecturer in Natural Resources.  Prior to that I worked for two major organisations - the Commonwealth Development Corporation (where I was based in Swaziland on the IYSIS project) and then Hunting Technical Services Ltd (now HTSPE).  From 1994 to 2001 I both taught on UG and PG courses and undertook my doctoral research.

My doctoral research considered design-management interactions on large-scale canal irrigation systems, with a focus on Southern Africa. This work attempted to characterise and model the factors that influence the performance of irrigation schemes with a view to providing guidance on system evaluation and best practices for rehabilitation.

During 2001 to 2006 I was as Team Leader for a DFID-KAR project in Tanzania called RIPARWIN - Raising Irrigation Productivity and Releasing Water for Intersectoral Needs. See this website for more details

During the period 2006 to 2010, I became Head of School, DEV at the University.  

I am also a Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers (FICE) and work with the UK section of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) as its Chair from 2011 to 2014.

Career

2011 – present Professor of Water and Irrigation Policy, School of International Development, UEA, UK

2005 – 2011 Senior Lecturer in Natural Resources, School of International Development, UEA, UK

2006 – 2010 Head of School, School of International Development, UEA, UK

1994 – 2005 Lecturer in Natural Resources, School of Development Studies, UEA, UK

1990 – 1994 Consultant & Irrigation Agronomist, Hunting Technical Services Ltd, UK

1985 – 1989 Irrigation Agronomist, Commonwealth Development. Corporation, Swaziland

1983 – 1984 Assistant Soils Agronomist, Commonwealth Development. Corporation, Swaziland

Academic Background

I acquired my PhD (reading Irrigation Design & Management) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1998. Prior to that I gained my Masters of Science in Irrigation (Distinction) also from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1992. My BSc in Soil Science (Hons) is from University of Reading, graduating in 1985.

 

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