Using Earth observations to research human wellbeing in rural spaces
Peter K. Hargreaves, Tutor and PhD candidate in Atmospheric and Environment Sciences
Background: I’m an interdisciplinary PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. I work with remotely sensed satellite imagery and relate this to household survey datasets and measures of rural poverty and development to explore the role that remote sensing can play in future socio-ecological monitoring systems. The aim is to build understanding of how we can develop fine resolution remote sensing methods in order to improve the spatio-temporal understanding of poverty and development within and between different socio-ecological systems. I am currently constructing a household panel dataset for a region in southern Mozambique and working with very-high resolution imagery to proxy different measures of multi-level rural wellbeing through time.
Teaching: I am a tutor and demonstrator for various undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the School of Geosciences. Current teaching responsibilities include Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (MSc) and Applied Research Skills in Environment and Society (MSc). These are both core modules for the Environmental Sustainability MSc. I am also working with Gary Watmough and Iain Woodhouse to produce an online course as part of the Edinburgh Futures Institute DSTI Initiative titled ‘Satellite Data for Sustainable Development Goals’. This is currently under development and more information will be available in the near term.
For more information about my PhD research please see the section entitled Research. I’m working on finishing up some blog posts about my PhD experiences so far. A presentation and linked conference paper for the SPIE: Remote Sensing Digital Forum (September 2020) is available on the Publications and Conference Papers.
Applications CLOSED for SENSE Research Experience Placement for Summer 2021: This is a summer placement scheme funded by NERC, aimed at undergraduate students to address demographic and diversity-related challenges in the environmental sciences as well as thematic skills gaps (e.g. quantitative skills). Dr. Gary Watmough and I have an internship placement available which focuses on using very-high resolution satellite data to monitor and support human livelihoods in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The application deadline is at midnight on 23rd May 2021. See the section entitled Other Work for more information!
Otherwise please feel free to get in touch.
You can email me at: Peter.Hargreaves@ed.ac.uk