Leeds University

Projects and groups

Current and recent water research projects are listed below.

Further details can be found on members’ personal web pages via links from the ‘People’ tab.

Current projects:

  • Julia Martin-Ortega (2016) Applying ecosystem services-based approaches to water resource decision making: studying the risk of nature commodification in Mexico’s last free-flowing river. British Academy: Newton Advanced Fellowships.
  • Pippa Chapman, Joseph Holden, Richard Grayson and Les Firbank (2015-2018) SoilBioHedge: harnessing hedgerow soil biodiversity for restoration of arable soil quality and resilience to climatic extremes and land use changes. NERC-BBSRC-ESRC, £1m.
  • Doug Parker, Piers Forster and John Marsham (2015-2019) Improving climate models for Africa (IMPALA). NERC-DfID, £3m. 
  • Christian Berretta (2015-2016) Controlling diffuse pollution in urban areas using biofiltration systems. White Rose University Consortium £10,979.
  • John Marsham and Doug Parker (2015-18) Interaction of Convective Organisation and Monsoon Precipitation, Atmosphere, Surface and Sea (INCOMPASS). NERC, £356,269.
  • Doug Parker and Peter Knippertz (2014-18). DACCIWA: Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in west Africa. EU, £1,600,000.
  • Lindsay Stringer (2014-16). Philip Leverhulme Prize, £70,000.
  • John Marsham and Doug Parker (2014-2017) SWAMMA (Saharan West African Monsoon Multiscale Analysis). NERC, £665,000
  • Mitchell, G.,Brown, L.,Tillotson, M., Guan, D. (2014-2017) Complex Value Optimisation for Resource Recovery. NERC, £1,167,574.00.
  • Holden, J. (2012-2016) Impact of plastic mesh tracks on blanket peat. North Pennines AONB Partnership, £83,000.
  • Benning, L., Peacock, C. (2012-2016) Marie Curie ITN – MINSC. EU, £1,100,000.
  • Parker, Spracklen, Marsham (2013-2016) Vegetation-Rainfall Feedbacks in Africa (VERA). NERC, £464,702.


Past Projects:

  • Blyth, A., Collier, C., Gadian, A. (2012-2015) MICROphysicS of COnvective PrEcipitation (MICROSCOPE). NERC, £419,310.
  • Lee Brown and Graeme Swindles (2014-15). Peatland Ecological and Hydrological Dynamics in the Artic (Peat-Arc). EU Interact, £24,078.
  • Wright, Guan (2013-2015) Delivering and Evaluating Multiple Flood Risk Benefits in Blue-Green Cities. EPSRC, £270,000.
  • Wright, Guan (2012-2015) Organisational Operational Response and Strategic Decision Making for Long Term Flood Preparedness in Urban Areas. EPSRC, £165,000.
  • Holden, J., Baird, A., Chapman, P. (2012-2015) Understanding the role of pools in carbon cycling in northern peatlands. NERC, £504,995.
  • Baird, A., Holden, J., Chapman, P. (2011-2015) Lowland peat greenhouse gas forcing SP1210. Defra, £211,186.
  • Peakall, J. (2012-2015) Realistic Sedimentary Bedform Prediction: Incorporating Physical and Biological Cohesion (COHBED). NERC, £131,361.    
  • Joseph Holden, Sheila Palmer and Lee Brown (2014) EMBER
  • Doug Parker (2013-15) NCAS Doppler Lidar. NERC, £350,000.
  • Tillotson, M. (2012-13) EPSRC Pathways to Impact: Water Sector Hub.EPSRC, £23,000.
  • Evans, Crawford, Guan, King, Morgan, Camargo-Valero, Fletcher, Noakes, Sleigh, Tillotson, Wright. (2012-13) Strengthening cross-disciplinary research activities to improve both the reach and quality of investments in water supply and sanitation services for poor people in low- and middle-income countries. EPSRC, £17,895.
  • Ross, Carmargo-Valero, Stewart, Mortimer, Key, Tillotson, Velis, Upham, Williams. (2012-13) Recovery and Reuse of Nutrients from Secondary Raw Materials for Supporting Sustainable Food and Biofuel Production. EPSRC, £28,930.          
  • Evans, B., Steinberger, J. (2012-13) Public health and Social Benefits of at-house water supplies. DfiD, £20,563.
  • Woulds(2012-2013) Tracer studies of biological sampling of chemosythesisers. NERC, £51,893.
  • Grayson, R., Holden, J. (2012-2013) Stean moor monitoring. Environment Agency/Yorkshire Water, £32,000.     
  • Fleskens, L. (2011-2014) Water scarcity through trading. EPSRC, £96,452.
  • Palmer, S., Holden, J. Brown, L. (2011-2013) Impacts of wildfire on water quality; the Marsden moor case study. Yorkshire Water. 
  • Holden, J. Tillotson M. Palmer, S., Baird, A., Chapman, P. (2011-2013) Influence of burning, vegetation management, intake sediments and pipe blocking on raw water colour. Yorkshire Water.
  • Holden, J., Grayson, R., Kay, P., Brown, L., Palmer, S. (2011-2013) Catchment monitoring for AMP5. Yorkshire Water.
  • Brown, L., Holden, J. (2011-2013) Biodiversity of upland blanket peat bog pools. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
  • Holden, J. Hirst, V. (2011-2014) water@leeds KE Fellowship for Viki Hirst.NERC, £158,820.
  • Wright, N. (2011-2013) Reducing vulnerability, bringing together engineering and social science perspectives. Fellowship to work between Civil Engineering and Sustainability Research Institute - discipline hopping award. EPSRC/ESRC, £65,500.
  • Palmer, S., Chapman, P.J., Holden, J. (2010-2013) Greenhouse gas emissions associated with non-gaseous losses of carbon from peatlands. Defra, £44,921.       
  • Kirkby, M., Irvine, B. (2011-2015) ToPoMan. EU, £204,970.
  • Arnold, S., Sitch, S. (2010-2013) Export of Ozone and Precursors from Europe and Impacts on Air Quality, Climate and Ecosystems. NERC  , £313,670.
  • Kirkby, M., Fleskens, L., Irvine, B., Beharry-Borg, N. (2011-2015) Water Harvesting for Rainfed Africa: investing in dryland agriculture for growth and resilience. EU, £249,380.
  • Holden, J., Chapman, P., West, J. (2010-2013) KTP with Dinsdale Morland Services NERC/TSB, £170,175.
  • Baird, A., Chapman, P., Holden, J. (2010-2014) Role of grip blocking in methane emissions. Defra, £1,065,519.
  • Peakcock, C. (2010-2013) Resolving Past Changes in Ocean Oxygenation: Utility of Chromium Isotopes. NERC, £46,552.
  • Holden, J., Slack, R., Lightfoot, S., Beharry-Borg, N., Kay, P., van Alstine, J. (2009-2013) ACCWA - Approaching Climate Change for Water Resource Adaptation. WUN, £59,482. See www.accwa.net
  • Paavola, J. (2006-2010) GoverNat: Multilevel Governance of Natural Resources: Tools & Processes for Water & Biodiversity Governance in Europe. European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme,£249,473. Seehttp://www.governat.eu/
  • Holden, J., Reed, M., Termansen, M., Chapman, P.J., Kirkby, M.J., Irvine, B., Hubacek, K., Burt, T.P., Prell, C. (2009-2010) Sustainable uplands: communicating and learning to live with change. ESRC (£101,235). Seehttp://sustainableuplands.org/
  • Milner, A.M., Brown, L.E. & Robertson, A. (2006-2008) The influence of major FLOOD disturbance on River EcoSystem Evolution Trajectories (FLOODRESET) in recently deglaciated terrainNERC urgency award number NE/E003729/1.
  • Reed, M. Hubacek, Dougill A., Holden, J. and Kirkby, M.J. and other EU partners (2007-2012). Desertification, mitigation and remediation of land (DESIRE). EU, €8m.
  • McDonald, A.T. (2004-2008) WAND: Water Cycle Management for new Developments. EPSRC.
  • Parker, D., Birch, C.,  Brooks, B., Garcia-Carreras, L., Heard, D., Hobby, M., Marsham, J., McQuaid, J. (2004-2013) AMMA: African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis. NERC/EU. See: http://www.amma-international.org/

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