Dr Maria Rusca

Lecturer in Global Development

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My work focuses on political ecologies of water and hydroclimatic extremes, critical disaster studies, climate urbanism and experimental political ecologies. Although my research is firmly rooted at the intersection of development studies and environmental geography, I am committed to developing research at the nexus between social and natural sciences to further the fields of political ecology and development studies. I draw on multiple qualitative research methods and have developed novel interdisciplinary and film-based approaches to examine socionatural disasters, scenarios of societal responses to extreme events, and the urban metabolism of water quality inequalities and waterborne diseases. My work is published in high-ranking journals across geography, environmental science, geosciences and water resources.

I have over six years of extensive experience of working in diverse academic settings (UK, The Netherlands, Italy, Namibia and Sweden) and of developing a range of courses for students with different academic backgrounds both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

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