Meet the educators

Several educators and researchers from Cardiff University have contributed to this course, bringing expertise from across the variety of disciplines that are linked to water security.

The educators who will be leading the course online are:

Professor Steve Ormerod

A photograph of Professor Ormerod Professor Steve Ormerod is among the world’s leading applied freshwater ecologists. He researches global change effects on rivers, lakes and wetlands, and is involved heavily in environmental policy.

Professor Isabelle Durance

A photograph of Professor Durance Professor Isabelle Durance is the director of the Cardiff University Water Research Institute that brings together researchers across the natural and social sciences to address the challenge of water for people and ecosystems.

Dr Adrian Healy

A photograph of Dr Healy Dr Adrian Healy is a Research Associate at Cardiff University working at the interface of cities, water and resilience. His research explores how individual choices can shape the resilience of cities and society.

Course mentors

Here are the mentors who’ll be joining and supporting you during the course.

You can follow them by using the links to their FutureLearn profiles. You’ll then be able to see all the comments they make.

Maria Warter

A photograph of Maria Warter Maria Warter is a PhD student studying the effects of drought on riparian forests in California and Arizona. She is passionate about our environment and what we can do to preserve it for the future.

Nia Thomas

A photograph of Nia Thomas Nia Thomas a PhD student in the school of Biosciences at Cardiff University. Her area of research is conservation genetics & molecular ecology & she is studying population structure in UK otters (Lutra lutra).

Emanuel Zarate

A photograph of Emanuel Zarate Emanuel Zarate a PhD student at Cardiff University, studying groundwater resources in drylands.

Haydee Martinez-Zavala

A photograph of Haydee Martinez-Zavala Haydee Martinez-Zavala a PhD research student in Environmental Engineering. MSc and BEng in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. 5 years of teaching experience in online courses and Climate Change.


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The Challenge of Global Water Security

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