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New co-lead for world-class water research at the University of Bristol

Dr Katerina Michaelides

Press release issued: 14 July 2020

Congratulations to Dr Katerina Michaelides who has been appointed to co-lead the Cabot Institute for the Environment's world-class Water research theme alongside existing theme lead Professor Thorsten Wagener.

Katerina is a hydrologist, based in the School of Geographical Sciences and researches dryland environments. She has a history of interdisciplinary working – particularly at the intersections of  hydrology, climate science, social science, development, and food security.

Katerina is currently leading three major projects on climate impacts on the water balance in East African drylands, including Bristol’s contribution to a major international Horizon 2020 project to help tackle food and water insecurity in the Horn of Africa Drylands.

Cabot Institute theme leaders play an important role in building communities of engaged researchers and devising strategy for their theme and the Cabot Institute as a whole.

Katerina said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to be involved in the leadership of the Cabot Water theme. I am especially looking forward to working with everyone to put on some exciting events, to broaden our theme membership, and to increase collaborative opportunities both within the Water theme and across the Cabot themes.

"I also look forward to meeting colleagues across the University with an interest in water and to learning about their research expertise. If you’re not already a member of the Water theme, but you’re interested in water, please do get in touch for a chat about how the theme can help you. If you are already a member, please do get in touch to say hi and to discuss how we can improve things going forward.”

You can contact Katerina at if you have thoughts or ideas on how the Water theme could develop and expand. 

Further information

Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2020 lists the University of Bristol's Water Resources research as 1st in the UK and 10th in the world. Water research in Bristol is linked up through the Water theme within the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute for the Environment. The water theme brings together researchers and academics across all career stages and from all University faculties. This ranking is an indicator of their exceptional performance and of the high-quality Water research performed across the University.

Find out more about the Water Research Theme at the Cabot Institute for the Environment.

Find out more about Dr Katerina Michaelides.

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