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Research interests

biogeomorphology and ecohydrology; urban ecosystems and biodiversity; reconciliation ecology; warfare ecology; invasive species; river management

Research interests (short)

biogeomorphology and ecohydrology; urban ecosystems and biodiversity; reconciliation ecology; warfare ecology; invasive species; river management

Biographical details

Rob Francis earned a BSc (Hons) in Landscape Ecology (1st class) at De Montfort University in 2000. After a year spent working for the Surrey Wildlife Trust, he began a PhD in Geography at the University of Birmingham, completing ahead of time and starting a Lectureship in Ecology at King’s College London in 2004. His PhD focused on biogeomorphological processes relating to riparian trees in natural European rivers (most particularly the River Tagliamento in Italy), and this remains a key research area, alongside more recent work on urban ecology and the environmental impacts of warfare. Rob has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and three books. He is currently Reader in Ecology, and Pro-Dean (Academic Portfolio) in the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy.

Rob teaches several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in urban ecology, biogeography and the natural environment in the Department of Geography, and is also Chair of Undergraduate Examinations.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Ecology, De Montfort University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

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