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 School of Geography and the Environment

Water Research

ECI’s water programme addresses the risks of water insecurity at river basin to global scales. We research water scarcity, floods and their impacts on ecosystems, society and the economy. Our work spans analysis of the climatic drivers of water-related risks, impacts and adaptation responses, and the governance of water systems.

Risks of Floods and Droughts

Jim HallThe work on risks of floods and droughts involves developing risk analysis methodology to inform adaptation and planning decisions.

Led by Jim Hall

Water Security

Jim HallThe ECI is developing risk based approaches to the management of water security events such as floods, scarcity and water quality. Professor Jim Hall also co-chair's the Global Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth.

Led by Jim Hall

Coastal change

Jim Hall The ECI are involved in forecasting the environmental risks to Britain's coastlines and offering new approaches to managing these changes in a sustainable way.

Led by Jim Hall

Water Resource Stewardship

Oxford Martin School logoSustainable management of water resources is one of the focal points of the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship.

Oxford Impacts case study

Calculating the risks of coastal flooding and cliff erosion.
New insights could bring a step change in our understanding and management of the coast.

Network Affiliations

Oxford Water Security Network


Research Team

Jim HallProfessor Jim Hall
Director of the ECI, Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks

Dr Helen Gavin
Project Manager: MARIUS project

Dr Michael Gilmont
Research Fellow in Global Assessment of Water Security (UK)

Dr Wee Ho Lim
Research Fellow in Global Water Security

Paul SayersPaul Sayers
Researcher, FoRUM

Mike SimpsonMike Simpson
Postdoctoral Research Assistant, CREDIBLE

Karis McLaughlinKaris McLaughlin
Oxford Water Network Coordinator

Professor John Boardman
Emeritus Fellow

Dr David Favis-Mortlock
Senior Visiting Research Associate

Doctoral Research

Edoardo Borgomeo: 'Water resources adaptation decisions in the context of climatic non-stationarity and variability'

Iliana Cardenes Trujillo: 'Saving energy and saving water: a comparative study in policy and regulation'

Linda Geaves: 'Responses to changing flood risk: The impact of stakeholder choices, motivations and information upon vulnerability'

Franziska Gaupp: 'Global risks to food supplies of correlated droughts'

Balqis Rehan Mohammed: 'Developing robust decision making strategies for dealing with uncertainties in flow variability for hydrological extremes'

Kevin Wheeler: 'Cooperation or Conflict in Trans-boundary Rivers with the Emergence of climate variability: a case study of the Nile River'