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Eloise Biggs

Dr Eloise Biggs

Associate Lecturer
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M004)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2707
+61 8 6488 1037
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PhD in Geography, University of Southampton
BSc in Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton
Key research
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.
Funding received
2016-17 Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) (AU$250,000; CI): “Using the Environmental Livelihoods Security (ELS) framework for developing climate-smart landscapes: a preliminary investigation for informing agricultural policy in the South Pacific” (with Universities of Sydney and South Pacific)

2015-16 Pacific-Europe Network for Science Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net) Plus (€9994): “The Role of Geospatial Information for Assessing Environmental Livelihood Security in the South Pacific” (with Universities of Sydney (PI), Stirling, Auckland, Western Australia and South Pacific)

2015-18 Asia-Pacific Network for Climate Change (APN) (US$120,000): “Climate Change Adaptation in Post-Disaster Recovery Processes: Flood-Affected Communities in Cambodia and Fiji” (with Universities of Auckland (PI), Sydney, Western Australia, South Pacific and Cambodian Ministries)

2014-16 UKIERI DST-British Council (£71,177.50; PI): “Climate-smartening Assam’s tea plantation landscapes: defining socio-ecological ‘safe spaces’ for future sustainability” (with Tea Research Association)

2014-15 World Universities Network (£29,548; PI): Research development fund “Developing a spatial framework to assess environmental livelihood security” (with Universities of Western Australia, Sydney and Auckland, IWMI and APN)
Fellow of the UK higher education academy
Previous positions
Lecturer in GIS, Geography and Environment, University of Southampton, UK (2009-2016)
GEOG2201 Geographical Information Systems (unit coordinator)

ENVT5511 Advanced GIS for Environmental Management (unit coordinator)

GEOG3302 Geographic, Environment and Planning Fieldwork (teaching staff)

Current PhD Students:
Andrew MacLachlan - Urban sprawl and implications for city heat island effects in Perth, WA
Joanna Wilkin - Understanding social networks using mobile detail records following natural disasters (Nepal)
Vidushi Patel - Agent-based modelling of the WA bee industry
Thi Hong Van Le - Transformational climate change adaptation in Vietnam
Current external positions
Member of World Universities Network climate change steering committee

Visiting academic at the University of Southampton, UK
Current projects
Environmental livelihood security in the South Pacific - Fiji and Tonga

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.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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