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Dr Kristofer Chan is an interdisciplinary researcher, principally focused on the environment, hydropolitics and development. He is highly competent with satellite remote sensing, GIS, and open-source environmental sensor design, in addition to social science methodologies.

Initially trained as an environmental consultant, Kris has extensive fieldwork research experience in Southeast Asia, South and Central America.

He has earned a BSc (Honours) in Geography from the University of Durham, a MSc in Conservation from the University College London, and attained his PhD from the Department of Geography at King’s.

Prior to joining King's, he taught at the London School of Economics, in addition to teaching and working as a laboratory technical assistant in the King’s Department of Geography.

Kris is additionally a research assistant on Shifting In/equality Dynamics in Ethiopia: from Research to Application (SIDERA) – investigating environmental change and livelihood impacts in the dryland region of the Omo river basin.


  • Environment and development contestation
  • Environmental remote sensing
  • Hydropolitics in Southeast Asia
  • Local ecological knowledge
  • Open-source environmental sensors

Kris’ primary research investigates the environmental and social impacts of hydroelectric dams, combining remote sensing techniques with interviews of locally-affected communities.

He was also successful in helping secure a Newton Fund research grant to study the human/environmental conflict in the Boyacán Páramos, Colombia. He will be working on the Post-conflict Reconciliation of Environment and Livelihoods in Boyacá Páramo (POR EL Páramo) project ( until 2021.




Further details

See Kris' research profile