Marta Ponti

Marta Ponti


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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've recently concluded the position as Research Assistant (March, April and May 2022) on the project "A roadmap for implementing the SDGs using space data" with Christopher White.

My research is supervised by Dr Christopher J. White (University of Strathclyde, UK),  Dr Douglas Bertram (University of Strathclyde, UK), Dr Deonie Allen (University of Strathclyde, UK), and Dr Christine Switzer (University of Strathclyde, UK).

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Planning, Urban Planning and Policy Design, 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


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