Research Associate: Dr Megan French

Research associate

Address: UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Phone No: 020 3108 1102
Extension: 51102
Megan French

Research Interests

My main research interests relate to water management and risk assessment. I am particularly interested in combining science with the social context of water management, and hence in undertaking hydrological studies in regions that are susceptible to pressures from population growth and development activities such as agriculture and mining. My interests therefore extend to geochemistry and hydrogeology as applied to water balance studies and pollutant transport. I am currently involved in research on the Bolivian Altiplano, which is a potential water-risk hotspot because development practices and environmental change are negotiating the availability and quality of water resources in this region. The project therefore focuses on developing an understanding of the factors (anthropogenic and natural) that control water availability and quality (e.g., abstraction and pollution by mining), in order to contribute to supporting communities at risk. Social, political, and economic drivers are particularly prevalent in Bolivia and confirm the need for scientific research for the advancement of awareness, promotion of sustainability, and contribution to policy decision-making. The project will develop a review of the water resource situation on the Altiplano and undertake field studies to gather data as a means of quantifying quality and quantity for study sites, with the aim of integrating this information into risk assessments and water resource management strategies.