Marta Ponti

Marta Ponti


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde looking at the impact of flooding on industrial activities in terms of potential dispersion of hazardous substances. In particular, I'm interested in the relationship between flooding and the discarded materials able to degenerate and release microplastics (MPs) in flood waters such as plastic, rubber, textile, and mix and undifferentiated materials. The location of waste management facilities in flood-prone areas makes them a potential significant contributor to the total amount of microplastics in the marine environment. The primary focus of my studies lies in the UK which regularly experiences severe flooding events.

I'm currently working as a Research Assistant (March, April and May) on the project "A roadmap for implementing the SDGs using space data" with Chris White.

My research is supervised by Dr Christine Switzer (University of Strathclyde, UK), Dr Douglas Bertram (University of Strathclyde, UK), Chris White (University of Strathclyde, UK) in close collaboration with Deonie Allen for her expertise in microplastic pollution.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Planning, Politecnico di Milano

31 Jul 201131 Jul 2013

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

External positions

Project Manager, Blue Remediation Ltd, Glasgow

1 Oct 2019 → …


  • microplastic pollution
  • waste management facilities
  • GIS
  • floods
  • municipal solid waste