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Geography and Environmental Science

Dr Eloise Biggs 

Visiting Academic in Geographical Information Systems

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Dr Eloise Biggs is a Visiting Academic in Geographical Information Systems within Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

She joined Geography and Environmental Science in February 2009, following the completion of her PhD in Geography from the University of Southampton. Ellie is primarily interested in the spatial analysis of environmental data to investigate water resources management under a changing climate. Her research adopts a human-environment focus which explores topics such as water security and water vulnerability.

PhD (2009) Geography, University of Southampton
BSc (2004) Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton

2009 – present Lecturer, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton


Research interests


Ellie’s research interests mainly encompass the spatial and temporal analysis of environmental data, predominantly within the fields of water resources and climate change. The focus of her doctoral research was on hydrological modelling of rural catchments and the spatiotemporal analysis of hydroclimatological time-series data. The latter has also influenced research investigating precipitation change (extreme events) in Nepal. Her current research uses spatial mapping to look at changes in water vulnerability, water (in)security, poverty and environmental change. Ellie is also working on projects which look at environmental risk/vulnerability, the links between climate and tea production, and also the synergies between the water-energy-food nexus and sustainable livelihoods.

Tea and climate change

This project is funded under the UKIERI-DST initiative and is a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Tea Research Association. The project is exploring tea production and climate change in Assam, India, and is attempting to (i) determine what impact climate is having on tea production, (ii) ascertain what role tea plays within the landscape of Assam, and (iii) provide information for moving towards more climate-smart agriculture for managing tea landscapes.



Water-energy-food security and sustainable livelihoods

Funded by the World Universities Network (WUN) this project is pushing the conceptual boundaries of incorporating livelihoods within the water-energy-food nexus to facilitate sustainable development agendas. The research is providing the grounding for developing a framework to spatially analyse changes in the nexus-livelihood interface, which will ultimately assist in development decision-making in the South-East Asia and Oceania Region, particularly under the threat of climate change. The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Southampton, Western Australia, Sydney and Auckland.


Research group

Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

  • Geography and Environment Marketing and Publicity
  • ESRC DTC Environment, Energy and Resilience Pathway Coordinator
  • Member of World Universities Network (WUN) steering committee on climate change
Dr Eloise Biggs
University of Southampton University Road Southampton SO17 1BJ Room: 2084 Extn: 29655 Email: Twitter: @EllieMBiggs
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