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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Professor Sir Paul Curran 

Visiting Professor

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Professor Sir Paul Curran is Visiting Professor within the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton.

Sir Paul is President of City, University of London. He joined City in 2010 having served previously as Vice-Chancellor at Bournemouth University and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. Following a period of significant progress City joined the University of London federation in September 2016.

A former NASA research scientist and advisor to the European Space Agency (ESA), his research in ecological Earth observation, involving the use of satellite sensors to monitor the environment, is published widely. With a focus on climate change, his recent research involved the estimation of terrestrial chlorophyll content at regional scales.

Sir Paul has received achievement awards from the Royal Geographical Society, Remote Sensing Society, NASA, ESA and the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and Honorary Doctorates from Grand École ESCP, Paris and Peter the Great University, St Petersburg, Russia. Her Majesty The Queen approved the award of the Patron’s Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, for his ‘international development of geographical science’ and he is a Freeman of the City of London.

Sir Paul is a member of the Board of Trustees for London Higher; a Member of Universities UK and its Research Policy and Innovation & Growth Policy Committees and President of the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society. He was Chair of the national Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB); Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Conversation UK; Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) Board and led the employers’ negotiating team in national pay negotiations; a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and its Remuneration Committee and Chair of its Audit & Risk Assurance Committee; Chair of the HEFCE, Higher Education Workforce Steering Group and a member of the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Board and its Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Sir Paul was Knighted in the 2016 New Year Honours for ‘services to higher education’.



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