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Visiting Academics and PhD Students

Dr Glenn Watts

Visiting Senior Research Fellow

Theme Expert Climate Change and Resource Use

Environmental Agency


Primary Staff Sponsor: Professor Mike Hulme


Glenn Watts works in the Evidence Directorate of the Environment Agency, leading a research team of 11 specialising in climate change and resource efficiency. His special interests are in climate change impacts and adaptation in the water sector, particularly concentrating on water supply and drought management. In previous roles for the Environment Agency he was responsible for water resources planning and drought planning and management. He led the development of the Environment Agency’s 2001 water resources strategy and introduced the approach to water supply and drought planning that is still used by water companies in England and Wales.

Glenn holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from the University of Bristol, where he modelled the hydrology and geomorphology of semi-arid agricultural terraces. He sits on the steering groups of research projects funded by NERC and EPSRC, and was a member of an ESRC-funded climate change working party. Glenn has acted as an external adviser for a World Bank water resources project in Brazil, and was one of two UK experts on the water panel for the international Belmont Forum.


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