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Geography and Environmental Science

Mr Chris Hill 

Director of GeoData

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Chris leads GeoData, a research, applied research and enterprise group focused on the use of geospatial science in environmental and socio-environmental applications.

Chris is the Director of GeoData and works across its three themes, environmental applications, geospatial science and spatial data infrastructures. He is interested in all aspects of spatial data, processing and analysis within applied areas and has worked on integrating spatial data, earth observation data to map environmental vulnerability and risk. Much of this activity is applied to landscape scale processes and in low and middle income countries. International collaborations include many international bodies (e.g. World Bank, UN organisations) national Governments and NGOs as well as non-departmental and departmental bodies in the UK. His interests also include the geospatial audit, institutional capacity development and monitoring and evaluation.

He is representative of the South Coast Centre of Excellence established by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Research interests

  • Geospatial data analysis and spatial data infrastructures
  • Environmental application of GIS
  • International development programmes linking environment and poverty alleviation
  • Environmental and social science – food and water security, climate change and vulnerability to natural disasters
  • Fluvial hydromorphology, floodplain and catchment processes
  • Ecosystems Services

Research projects

DECCMA: Deltaic Environments, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration in the Context Adaptation 2014-2019/India, Ghana & Bangladesh/ IDRC+DFID (CoI)

Project BRECcIA: Building REearch Capacity for sustainable water and food security In drylands of sub-saharan Africa (BRECcIA). 2017-2021 GCRF GRoW NERC NE/P021093/1 (CoI)

BRAGS: Building Resilient Agricultural Systems: sustainable livelihoods in Mega Deltas under environmental change. BBSRC / GCRF (CoI) 2017/19

Strengthening Afghan institutions capacity for monitoring and analysing agricultural production systems 2018-2019. UN FAO FAAFG/002 (PI)

The Big Marine Data Project. Blue Marine Foundation / Lloyds Register Foundation 2018-2019 (PI).

Research group


Research project(s)

Agricultural Implications for Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) to Climate Change in Steppe Ecosystems

This work develops a repeatable process to identify and characterise Socio-Ecological Systems (SES) and their livelihood components, with a focus on the impacts of drought on rural livelihoods in the Steppe region of Central Turkey.

BRAgS - Building Resilient Agricultural Systems: sustainable livelihoods in Mega-Deltas under environmental change (GCRF/BBSRC)

Develop a stakeholder engagement strategy to generate policy relevant scenarios for rice agricultural systems in relation to (a) future water, nutrient and sediment supply; (b) delta-scale adaptations to agricultural practice, and; (c) local-scale adaptations to water and flood management practice.

Opportunities and trade-offs between the SDGs for food, welfare and the environment in deltas

Development of Integrated Assessment Models to addresses mapping the complexity of SDGs within a large-scale social-ecological system , as well as directly supporting the evaluation and development of policies and practises to deliver sustainable development in West Bengal, India.

Socio-ecological and food security future scenario development with policy makers

Development of workshop based socio-ecological and livelihood based scenario strategies in the agricultural sector of the developing South

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Mr Chris Hill
University of Southampton
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023 80592719

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