Department of Aerospace Engineering
- Steve Eichhorn
Role: Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
Department: Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering.
Expertise/Projects: Has a FLAIR-funded project with Dr Anita Etale (University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa) on water pollution. Etale is developing nanomaterials to purify drinking water used by low income communities, often contaminated by chemical elements such as mercury and arsenic (https://royalsociety.org/news/2019/04/african-academy-of-sciences-and-royal-society-announce-recipients-of-FLAIR-scheme/).
School of Civil Engineering
- John MacDonald
Role: Professor of Structural Dynamics.
Department: Department of Civil Engineering, Cabot Institute for the Environment, Dynamics and Control.
Expertise: His recent focus has been on his role as Principle Investigator of PREPARE. Co-Investigator of PREPARE-Uganda and SAFER PREPARED. He has research interests in earthquake and wind risk in developing countries, focusing on structural engineering aspects of buildings and other structures.
Twitter: -Peter Thomas
Role: PhD student.
Department: Department of Civil Engineering, Bristol Doctoral College, Cabot Institute for the Environment.
Expertise: His current research is investigating whether the energy needs and priorities of refugee communities in Rwanda are being accurately considered, and to evaluate the appropriateness of renewable energy interventions and market-based delivery mechanisms made as part of the £10m Renewable Energy for Refugees Programme.
The research is funded by an EPSRC DTP scholarship and draws on a range of theories including those from engineering, the social sciences and anthropology.
School of Economics
- Leandro De Magalhaes
Role: Senior Lecturer in Economics.
Department: School of Economics, Centre for Structural Econometrics, Centre for Market and Public Organisation.
Expertise: Balaka, Malawi. Survey of entire village network of friends, kin, labour exchange, transfers of food and money. Household wealth, income, and consumption is recorded and linked to the social insurance network. Understanding this social network is paramount as taxes and transfers are negligible in dealing with the shocks these households face, e.g, adult and children health, childcare, weather, price shocks, etc..
His main interest is to create network of academics and students between Malawi and Bristol. This should enhance research capacity here and there.
Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Hilary Frank
Role: Research Associate.
Department: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, High Performance Networks Group (HPN).
Expertise: His current engagement is with the 5G CLARITY project which is incidentally an EU led project. He is happy to engage in frontiers that will deepen African's participation in 5G wireless communication.
Twitter: @laryfrankyPhil Taylor
Role: Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise, Professor Senior Team.
Department: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Expertise: He has broad interests, but particularly in Sustainable Energy. He leads the EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub, they have an international remit and an agreement with KNUST University in Ghana. In their work with KNUST in Ghana, he takes multidisciplinary approaches to find just transitions to net zero energy systems globally by 2050.
Centre for Innovation
- Anne Angsten
Role: PhD student.
Department: Centre for Innovation.
Expertise: She is a PhD student at the University of Bristol with a research focus on increasing savings uptake for rural customers using human-centered design and participatory methods. She spent the last 6 years working for social enterprises in agricultural finance and community driven-development in West & East Africa.
Twitter: -Mark Neild
Role: Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship.
Department: Centre for Innovation, School of Education, Bristol Doctoral College.
Expertise: He is a lecturer in Innovation, but also a PGR student (EdD) with a particular research focus on the practice of innovation across communities of practice through co-creation. He also runs a social venture with a focus on social inclusion through enterprise, which was born out of digital coaching of micro enterprises in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi, but now also works with the UK socially excluded.
His social venture is working with a partner in Uganda with the aim of researching a new pedagogy of innovation, in which UK professionals gain intersubjectivity with African entrepreneurs to co-create and execute transformation projects – this is his EdD thesis.
PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/mark-neildZibah Nwako
Role: Administrator for the Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Department: Centre for Innovation, Centre for Comparative and International Research in Education.
Expertise: She researches adolescents and young women on issues around wellbeing, GBV and gender justice in West and East Africa.
Her PhD research: Problematising the wellbeing of female undergraduate students in Nigeria and Kenya.
Current team project: Supporting student mothers in Nigerian higher education.
School of Mathematics
- Luca Giuggioli
Role: Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics.
Department: Department of Engineering Mathematics, Applied Nonlinear Mathematics, Animal Behaviour and Sensory Biology, Ecology and Environmental Change.
Expertise: He has received a MARM (Mentoring African Researchers in Mathematics) award from the London Mathematical Society, to develop ties and supervise PhD students on a project of common interest with the department of Mathematics and Informatics at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
His general interest is the theoretical development of models of moving and interacting entities, from animals and molecules to more abstract objects such as random walkers. In the context of animals, he works in the area of movement ecology.
Research and Development
- Kevin Higgins
Role: Global Bristol PhD Programme Manager.
Department: Bristol Doctoral College, Research & Development.
Expertise: Interested in equitable partnership models & implementation of collaborative research projects. He has previous experience of living and working in Tanzania delivering DFID and EC-funded education, health economics, and reproductive health programmes.