Leeds University

Fellowships in water@leeds

'Breathing Underwater' by Sophie Anna Bellin

water@leeds hosts research fellows from around the world and we welcome enquiries from anyone interested in pursuing a fellowship with us.

Fellowships can last from a few weeks to a few years. The information below showcases some of our recent and current fellows, most of whom have been awarded visiting fellowships to build collaborative links with us.

For fellowship opportunities, please visit the fellowship opportunities page.

Cheney Fellowships

The University of Leeds' Cheney Fellowships Scheme, the result of a generous donation from Peter and Susan Cheney, enables talented researchers working in selected fields to undertake a period of research at the University of Leeds. During this time they can spend time thinking, talking, collaborating and developing new ideas with academic colleagues, including staff and research students. water@leeds is hosting a number of Cheney Fellows in 2014/15:

Professor Neil Coles

Prof. Coles is Winthrop Research Professor, Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia (UWA) and was awarded a PhD in Catchment Hydrology from University of WA in 1995, and an MBA from Melbourne University in 2009. After leaving the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA, where he conducted extensive research for over a decade into water supplies for agricultural industries and farming communities, he was appointed as the Director of the WA  State Centre of Excellence for Ecohydrology (at UWA) from 2009-2013,. Since 2013, he has been a visiting research professor at the Institute of Agriculture UWA. 

Neil has extensive experience in water resources management and has a strong background in geology, hydro-geology, catchment rainfall-runoff modelling, soil water dynamics, water policy, water harvesting and soil conservation techniques. Neil has nearly 30 years of experience garnered through learning and applying these capabilities to the agricultural and water resources sectors, the mining industry, and hydrological research in Australia, UK, China, US, Korea and Europe. He leads and collaborates with an experienced and enthusiastic network of local, national and international researchers, governments and educators on water related issues.

His research is currently focussed on ecoservices, valuing natural capital, catchment monitoring using innovative technologies and developing evidentiary based water policy.  In early 2015 he will undertake travel to the US, Germany and Sweden as part of the Endeavour Executive Fellowship program sponsored by the Australian Government, and will evaluate current research in water related fields within these countries with a view to developing networks and research partnerships. 

Email neil.coles(at)uwa.edu.au

Dr Nikolai Friberg 

Nikolai Friberg has more than 20 years research experience within the field of freshwater ecology. His main focus of research has been on applied issues and how anthropogenic disturbance impact freshwater communities with emphasis on:
• Influence of habitats and anthropogenic stressors (organic pollution, pesticides etc.) on stream biota and ecosystem processes 
• Influence of riparian areas and catchment land use on stream communities and biological structure
• Effects on climate change on stream ecosystem structure and functioning in sub-Arctic and Arctic streams
• River restoration ecology

He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters, scientific reports, and scientific articles in Danish and EU deliverables. He has  participated in a number of EU funded projects over the past 15 years and worked in close collaboration with hydrologists, geographers, chemists and social scientists in these and other projects.
He is currently a research manager for the Section for Freshwater Ecology with more than 20 scientists at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in Oslo, Norway. Previous employment has included the National Environmental Research Institute and Aarhus University in Denmark and the Macaulay Institute (now James Hutton Institute) in the UK.  

Dr Leonie Pearson

Leonie Pearson is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Canberra (Australia) Murray-Darling Basin Futures Collaborative Research Network. She holds an honorary position at The Melbourne University, is the recipient of the Cheney Fellowship from the University of Leeds in 2015 and is Secretary (and past President) of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics. As an ecological economist she works with multiple disciplines to address wicked problems of sustainability in a variety of planning contexts; water, landscape, community, protected areas and urban. Her background in policy, academia and consultancy and her strong project leadership and management skills have resulted in policy changes, over 80 national and international academic publications and commercial reports, as well as leadership of conferences, workshops and field trips. Currently her broad research interests are focused on the changing dynamics of human and environmental needs for resources (e.g. water) and how resilient or transformative these dynamics are for our institutions.  

Dr Adrian Unc

Adrian Unc is Associate Professor of Soil Science at Memorial University Newfoundland. His research focuses on molecular, conventional, and modelling tools in an interdisciplinary context, to assess the impact of human activities on the microbiology of soils and waters and the microbiology of the soil-plant continuum with the aim of ensuring environmental quality, human health and agricultural sustainability. The research is relevant to the assessment and development of environmental standards and practices, health risk assessment and mitigation, waste treatment and disposal, nutrient management practices and impacts, remediation of degraded environments, and more generally the rural/urban environmental interface.

Dr Shunsuke Managi

Shunsuke Managi is Associate Professor of Resource and Environmental Economics at Tohoku University, Japan. His research has focused on diverse areas of resource economics and policy, including examinations of: policy instrument choice; competitiveness effects of regulation; diffusion of energy and environmental technologies; and depletion of natural resources.

Prof Junguo Liu

Junguo Liu is a Professor at Beijing Forestry University and a Cheney Senior Fellow at the University of Leeds. His main research interests include hydrology and water resources, wetland research, ecosystem services and management, coupled ecological and social systems, water–food relationships, and the impacts of climate change on water, food, and ecosystems. Junguo has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and serves as an editor of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) and the Journal of Water and Climate Change. He is an expert consultant for many international organisations and NGOs, including UN-Water, UNEP, WWF, IUCN, and the Water Footprint Network, as well as for private companies such as Nestlé. He has research experience in China, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Germany and others and is the recipient of a string of awards, including the prestigious Outstanding Young Scientists Award from the European Geosciences Union (2009), the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award (winner in the field “Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management”) (2011), and the Young Researcher Gold Award awarded by China Science Daily (2012).