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Donald John Charles Robertson


  • 75 Montrose Street, James Weir Building

    G1 1XJ Glasgow

    United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Donald is a first year PhD student working as part of the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme. His research is focussed on rural water resource management in Malawi with specific interests in the utilisation of water point mapping data.

Donald completed a BSc (Hons) Geology degree from the University of Manchester in 2015 where he began to develop an interest in Hydrogeology as a discipline. He would then go on to pursue this interest in 2016/17 with an MSc Hydrogeology at the University of Strathclyde. The MSc provided him with a good grasp of the science behind Hydrogeology as a discipline but also of the wider challenges faced around the world with regards to water resource management. As part of his MSc research Donald worked alongside research staff and other students to conduct his dissertation research in southern Malawi. Donald’s project focused on the implementation of small scale water supply technology within Malawi.

Today Donald is focussed on understanding and developing new ways to utilise water point mapping data, a commonly collected type of data across sub-Saharan Africa. Alongside the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme team Donald is investigating data managed on a new software platform called mWater. Using this data, he is hoping to use novel methods to help establish and quantify the relationships between rural water supply issues and the seasonality of rainfall patterns. He is also interested in the seasonal effects of borehole construction on long-term reliability and he is interested in water provision as a function of geology.

Teaching Interests

Donald has ongoing involvement in a number of teaching duties in support of the MSc Hydrogeology Programme at the University of Strathclyde. He performs a combination of teaching and marking in support of classes including; Aquifer Mechanics, Hydrogeology and the Virtually Integrated Project (VIP).


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