Funding: Grants and in bold- Fellowships, Awards, Scholarships
· PI – Policy Fund Support. Food for Our Own Good: harnessing geo-energy for a clean, climate-resilient, just and healthy food system in Leeds (£23,078, 2021 -ongoing). This is a top-up to the previous funding to continue advancing the proof of concept to get a big funding stream.
· PI -Michael Beverly Innovation Fellowship. ‘Food for Our Good’ exploring subsurface solutions to increase the resilience of the Leeds food system. Funded by the University of Leeds Alumni (£10,000, 2021-ongoing). This project aims to create a public-private research and innovation partnership that will explore cutting-edge technologies to produce food that is nutritious, climate resilient, clean and just. We will focus on geothermal sources to heat glasshouses and vertical farms to produce nutritious food. We will examine ways in which sustainable entrepreneurs could channel this healthy food to schools, care homes, hospitals, and food banks to encourage a business ecosystem that fuels a resilient, clean and kind food system.
· Co-I, Implementing Urban Agroecology as Green Infrastructure to increase socio-economic resilience in the face of climate change. Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Mexico (£2,000, 2020-2021). This project is to develop collaborations and provide training to Mexican students on this topic.
· Deputy PI, Environmental science to promote public health and wellbeing in the Climate Emergency. Funded by NERC through iCASP (£170,000, 2020-ongoing). Co-I of a project that aims to integrate environment data and a tool that I produced in a web-system and work with Public Health of the Leeds City Council and other Departments to enhance climate resilient decision-making in the Climate Emergency declared by the Leeds City Council. This project is to produce policy impact.
· Co-I, Improving flood risk communication through engagement tools. NERC through iCASP (£123,884, 2020-ongoing). Co-I of a project that aims to deliver engagement tools to promote resilient behaviours in communities vulnerable to flooding across Yorkshire. This project is to produce impact.
· PI, Bridging gaps to boost SMEs resilience: Closing the knowledge gap between Local Authorities, insurers, lenders and surveyors on the economic impacts of flooding and resilience efforts of SMEs. Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council through the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (£250,000, 2019-2021). PI of a project that aims to increase the flood resilience of SMEs by co-developing two tools with and for WYCA, EA, Flood risk managers of Yorkshire and the Humber, and the insurance industry. One tool is to assess the economic costs of flooding on SMEs so Authorities enhance their business cases; and the other one is to assess the effectiveness of SMEs flood resilience so lender, insurers, surveyors and brokers unlock insurance and lending processes for SMEs. This project produced social/policy impact, and two papers are in preparation.
· Co-I, Yorkshire Future Flood Resilience Pathfinder. Funded by EA (£574,000, Leeds share £185,000, 2019-ongoing). Co-I of a project that aims to increase the effective uptake of PFR across the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (YRFCC) area. communities, planning and construction professionals, the construction industry and the insurance sector to deliver behaviour change that will lead to the increase in the usage of property flood resilience measures (PFR) across the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (YRFCC) area. This project is to produce social impact.
· PI, Water efficiency standards for new developments. NERC through iCASP (£2.000, 2019). PI of an project where evidence was gathered evidence for the Leeds City Council for adopting a policy on water efficiency standard. The evidence was taken into account and the policy has full policy weighting in the determination of new planning applications in Leeds. This project was to produce policy impact.
· Co-I, The economic development and social welfare of smallholder farmers in Parana, Brazil. Funded by the British Academy (£120,000, 2018-2020). Co-investigator of a project that investigated the use of current and alternative bioenergy crops in small-scale farming communities to increase their welfare while also considering policy perspectives to advance overall Sustainable Development Goals. This project sought to produce two papers.
· Deputy PI, UK-Brazil workshop on financing climate-resilient development in small and medium-sized cities. British Academy Newton Fund (£50,000, 2018). Funding to organise a week-long workshop to build links between early career researchers between the UK and Brazil. This project was to develop research links.
· PI -UKRI Research and Innovation Fellowship. The Economics and Financing of Resilient Urban Infrastructure. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (£417,310, 2018-2021, success rate: 27%). I was awarded a UKRI Research and Innovation fellowship to focus on developing the economic case for investing in resilient urban infrastructure at a city scale, exploring the synergies between disaster risk reduction and improvements in health, well-being, and inclusive growth. This project is to produce policy impact and journal articles.
· Deputy PI, Triangle-City Cooperation: building climate-resilience in the Parana basin. Climate Compatible Development network (CDKN), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) (USD$456,070, 2016-2018, success rate: 5%). Co-investigator of the Triangle City Cooperation project which aimed to achieve climate compatible development in transboundary basins. Three cities were selected for this: Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Foz de Iguacu, Brazil, and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. We conducted vulnerability assessments of the three cities and through a participatory approaches, the project is providing the evidence of solutions that can be implemented to reduce climate risks and create development in 3 cities of 3 countries. I am the lead researcher coordinating a team of 3 partner organisations, 8 research assistants situated in the three countries. I liaise with ONU-Habitat, National and Local government to apply to the Adaptation Fund (https://triangle-city.leeds.ac.uk/). This project was strongly focused on impact, and numerous outputs were produced, e.g. policy briefs, reports, newsletters, information sheets, journal articles, and events.
· PI, Can ‘Flood Re’ increase the resilience of small businesses? Investigating flood insurance and other strategies to move forward. ESRC Centre for Climate change Economics and Policy (CCCEP): Innovation Fund (£10,000, 2016-2018). This project was to produce policy impact. I gathered evidence on the financial and practical means that small businesses have to manage the impacts of flooding, and the alternative strategies are available for them to reduce flood risk. The analysis of quantitative and qualitative data was presented in a reaction workshop, and it was written in the form of a report and sent to an EFRA Parliamentary call for evidence.
· PI, Economic Assessment of the 2015/16 Winter floods in Calderdale. ESRC Centre for Climate change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) (£2,000, 2016). I obtained a grant to conduct an Economic Assessment of the 2015 Boxing Day floods on SMEs in the Calderdale Borough. I developed a partnership with the Calderdale Council and a local NGO, which helped advertise the online survey that I developed. The outcome was a joint report which was used by the Flooding Commission of the Calderdale Council to seek funding towards the implementation of flood level protection. Also, it was used as evidence by the UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee and the Calderdale Flood Commission. This project was to produce practical knowledge.
· Co-I, Streaming: Getting the Social into Flood Policy. ESRC Festival of Social Science. Leeds, (£1,450, 2016)
· Co-I, Researchers in Development Conference series. Leeds Social Science Institute (£1,000, 2013 & 2012).
· Fieldwork grant for PhD project. Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds (£1,500, 2011).
· Young talented academics award: Beca Olmeca. National Autonomous University of Mexico (£19,000, 2009-2012).
·. PhD Scholarship. National Council on Science and Technology, Mexico. (2009-2013).