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Dr Gary Watmough

Interdisciplinary Lecturer in Land Use and Socio-Ecolgical

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Poverty in rural Africa and its relationships with environmental resources and ecosystem services (http://e3dtp.geos.ed.ac.uk/projects.html).

Research Interests

Broadly i'm interested in the linkages between land use and human development. My research is mainly focused on linking household survey datasets with remotely sensed satellite imagery to explore ecosystem services, rural poverty and local and regional ecological conditions.  

  • Land use change in rural regions  of South Asia and Africa and the links with household wellbeing
  • Non-timber forest products and use in rural livelihoods
  • Vulnerability of rural communities to local and regional shocks
  • Resilient Landscapes
  • Fine resolution remote sensing and object-based image analysis in rural regions
  • Developing applied techniques to map and monitor socio-ecological systems more efficiently for the sustainable development goals. 

Administrative Roles

School Ethics Committee, Geosciences

School contact person for the International Union of Forest Research Organisations

Collaborative Activity

  • Ecoinformatics and Biodiversity, Aarhus University, Denmark  - USES project
  • International Institute of Applied Systems Science, Austria - Using Remote Sensing for monitoring and evaluating international development projects
  • University of Florida/Columbia University, USA - USES project (analysing Millennium Villages Data
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) - REUSE project
  • GeoData, Southampton University - GULLS project


B.Sc. Lancaster University, Geography

M.Sc. Southampton University, Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis

Ph.D Southampton University, Exploring the spatial associations between socioeconomic variables and remotely sensed environmental metrics in Assam, Northeast India.

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