Environment, Geography, & Immunology

Cabot Institute for the Environment 

  • Role: Professor of Materials Chemistry. 

    Department: School of Chemistry, the Cabot Institute for the Environment, the Bristol Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information. 

    Expertise: He has a number of informal contacts with researchers in Botswana, Senegal and South Africa in the areas of sustainable materials for energy storage and water purification. He is a mentor on the African Academy of Sciences Mentorship scheme, which has been a fantastic opportunity to engage with early career researchers from across Africa. He is also involved in the organisation of the African Materials Research Society's international meeting in 2021. If you are active in the areas of sustainable materials for energy storage and water purification, please do feel free to contact me at: faulresearchgroup.com & email. 

    Email: charl.faul@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @FaulResearch  

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/charl-f-j-faul

    Role: Senior Research Associate, CONNECTED Network Manager. 

    Department: School of Biological Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: She is a plant molecular biologist by training with a strong interest in applied plant science and sustainable agriculture. She also has experience of public engagement and outreach work around plant science.

    CONNECTED is a vector-borne disease network based at, and led from, the University of Bristol, UK. It is funded by the UK government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) which supports research on global issues affecting developing countries. She works within the CONNECTED Network team to manage international pump-prime funded research projects, and develop and deliver training events and networking opportunities with a particular focus on international early career researchers.

    Email: diane.hird@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @CONNECTED_Virus, www.connectedvirus.net    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/diane-l-hird

    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.

    Email: john.macdonald@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/john-h-g-macdonald

    Role: Senior Research Associate. 

    Department: Bristol Dental School, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: Research collaboration with researchers and healthcare professionals in Cameroon; increasing access to diabetes support in black communities (e.g. Somalia). Most recently, she was co-PI on the Cabot Institute project: Palm Oil in Nutrition, health, and the environment: perceptions from the sub-Saharan setting.  

    Email: sarah.sauchellitoran@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @SarahSauchelli

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/sarah-sauchelli-toran

    Role: Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry. 

    Department: School of Chemistry, Cabot Institute for the Environment, Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Atmospheric and Global Change Chemistry, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. 

    Expertise: The Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group (ACRG) have worked in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape (Prof. Mike Davies-Coleman, Dean of Natural Science and Benjamin Meaker Fellow), and the South African Weather Service and the Department for Environmental Affairs to deploy a state-of-the-art instrument (GC-MS) at the Cape Point Observatory (CPO). These data provide the first continuous measurements of halocarbons of natural origin (terrestrial and aquatic) and through human activity. These halocarbons play a role in local and regional climate, some are ozone depleting substances and some are strong greenhouse gases. Therefore, this work provides the first assessment of such species for South Africa and has provided training and support for South African scientists.

    Email: d.e.shallcross@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/dudley-e-shallcross

    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.

    Email: peter.thomas@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @peterjmthomas     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/peter-thomas

    Role: Senior Research Associate in Mathematical Modelling and Health Economics. 

    Department: Bristol Population Health Science Institute, Bristol Medical School, Health Economics at Bristol, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: Her particular research interest is in the effectiveness of infectious disease control measures in low and middle income countries, whether in humans, wildlife, or domestic animals. She has previously worked in Kenya, Botswana, and South Africa.

    Email: josephine.walker@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @jogwalker10     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/josephine-g-walker

    Role: Professor of Zoology. 

    Department: Cabot Institute for the Environment, Infection and Immunity, School of Biological Science, Plant and Agricultural Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Change.

    Expertise: His work is contributing to enhanced food security in Southern Africa by increasing the ability to control endemic, production-limiting tick-borne disease (TBD) in livestock. He and his team are undertaking systematic tick collection and pathogen analysis to allow spatial distributions of TBD risk to be mapped. We are also working with local government veterinary departments to provide tick identification training and facilitate improved outbreak risk assessment and regional responses to risk. Quantifying risk will contribute to improved TBD management and improve both the productivity of commercial livestock production systems and the livelihoods of smallholder subsistence farmers, augmenting food security and resilience.

    Email: richard.wall@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/richard-l-wall

    Role: Lecturer in Climate Science. 

    Department: School of Geographical Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: She is a climate scientist, with expertise in African climate systems and contemporary and future climate change. The goal of her research is to improve understanding of the impacts of climate change, to support sustainable and equitable societal transformation in changing environments.

    She is particularly interested in developing research to support adaptation to changing hydroclimate risk in Africa, and developing science to inform international climate change policy.

    Email: rachel.james@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/rachel-james

 

School of Geographical Sciences 

  • Role: Lecturer. 

    Department: School of Geographical Sciences. 

    Expertise: His research focuses on urban processes in Africa, including their relation to questions of food security and health, and the various ways in which these links have been problematized and governed. At Bristol he has worked closely with Prof. Susan Parnell as part of the IUSSP Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development project funded by the Gates Foundation. That research focused on the evolution of the intellectual and practical links between urban development, family planning and reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa and the global South. As part of the interdisciplinary PEAK Urban project, he is currently researching the past and present trends of national urban reform in South Africa.

    He has previously worked to enhance African planning education and urban research through the Association of African Planning Schools and the African Urban Research Initiative. He is also an honorary research associate at the African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town).

    Email: james.duminy@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/james-duminy

    Role: PhD student. 

    Department: Bristol Doctoral College, School of Geographical Sciences. 

    Expertise: PhD research exploring everyday ambivalent practices and experiences of togetherness in Cape Town, South Africa.

    Email: caramazetti.claassen@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/geography/people/cara-m-claassen/index.html

    Role: Lecturer in Climate Science. 

    Department: School of Geographical Sciences, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: She is a climate scientist, with expertise in African climate systems and contemporary and future climate change. The goal of her research is to improve understanding of the impacts of climate change, to support sustainable and equitable societal transformation in changing environments.

    She is particularly interested in developing research to support adaptation to changing hydroclimate risk in Africa, and developing science to inform international climate change policy.

    Email: rachel.james@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: –    

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/rachel-james

 

Infection and Immunology 

  • Role: Reader in Microbiology. 

    Department: School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Infection and Immunity. 

    Expertise: His research focuses on bacterial infections, in particular mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, and on the detection of bacteria. He has several contacts at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), and have recently secured funding for a two-year project working with KEMRI on methods development for TB detection in resource-limited settings.

    Email: Jim.Spencer@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: @Spencer_D60     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/jim-spencer

     

    Role: Professor of Regenerative Medicine. 

    Department: Bristol Veterinary School, Animal Welfare and Behaviour, Infection and Immunity, Cabot Institute for the Environment. 

    Expertise: His interest is in sustainable livestock production in ODA and LMI countries, with previous projects in India and sub-Saharan Africa. He has current projects: Smallholder Dairy Cooperatives in Addressing Sustainable Development Goals in ODA countries and Digital Solutions for Rural Challenges in Africa.

    Email: John.tarlton@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -     

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/john-f-tarlton

    Role: Professor of Zoology. 

    Department: Cabot Institute for the Environment, Infection and Immunity, School of Biological Science, Plant and Agricultural Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Change.

    Expertise: His work is contributing to enhanced food security in Southern Africa by increasing the ability to control endemic, production-limiting tick-borne disease (TBD) in livestock. He and his team are undertaking systematic tick collection and pathogen analysis to allow spatial distributions of TBD risk to be mapped. We are also working with local government veterinary departments to provide tick identification training and facilitate improved outbreak risk assessment and regional responses to risk. Quantifying risk will contribute to improved TBD management and improve both the productivity of commercial livestock production systems and the livelihoods of smallholder subsistence farmers, augmenting food security and resilience.

    Email: richard.wall@bristol.ac.uk

    Twitter: -

    PURE: https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/persons/richard-l-wall