Supporting interdisciplinary PhDs

30th March 2020

Evidence for Development supports a number of interdisciplinary PhD students, whose work benefits from the use of quantitative household economy measurement and modelling. Our support includes supervision, training and development.

Wolf Ellis: Case studentship, EfD and King’s College London

Wolf, who is a former research officer at EfD, has progressed to the analytical and writing-up stage of his PhD, “Quantifying and contextualising impacts of food aid on living standards and food insecurity”. He is using household economy methods to better analyse the impact of ‘food aid’ through food banks and community meal services in the UK in this ground-breaking work, which is co-supervised by EfD and King’s College. Wolf’s research sites are in Southwark, one of London’s poorest boroughs.

Faith Mitheu: University of Reading

A Kenya based student, Faith is working on “A model for impact-based flood early warning in Uganda: linking data on hazard, vulnerability and exposure to develop impact-based early warning”. Faith joined the NIMFRU team in Katakwi in February where she observed FAMVAC meetings. She is now reviewing documentation from the FAMVACs and Radio Listening Groups, which will contribute to the identification of stakeholder Use Cases. Her work includes ‘hindcasting’ flood impacts in Katakwi over the Oct-November 2019 rainy season as well as contributing to work on the use of remote sensing in the identification of livelihood zones.

Chloe Brimicombe: SCENARIO Doctoral Training Programme

Chloe’s PhD research looks at Pan-African heatwave health hazard forecasting. It aims to ascertain the background and the risks and vulnerability associated with different heatwave factors related to health.  She is interested in policy and livelihoods aspects of this problem which is where EfD’s expertise and support comes in.

Moses Tumusiimi: University of Reading

Moses is a meteorologist working for the Uganda Met service (UNMA) and will be starting his PhD later in the year. The focus of his work is data integration within the IDAPS platform  and he will be looking at ways to enhance understanding of climate extreme events that impact on rural communities in Uganda, and  to develop new multidisciplinary thinking in relation to technological development and policy action for sustainable development.  EfD’s technical support will play an important role as Moses’ work gets underway.




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