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 Ellie Fox

Ellie Fox

PhD Student

 Amory c360


Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK


In 2022, I started my PhD at the University of Exeter. My research is titled ‘Investigating the relationships between mountain cryosphere change and water availability, access and use for communities in the Semi-Arid Chilean Andes’. This project is funded by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence. The research sits at the intersection of glaciology, political ecology, and critical physical geography.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the changing interrelationships between mountain glaciers and society, and the application of interdisciplinary methodologies to study and address changes in these areas. Specifically, my research examines these complex interrelationships in the context of the changes to water availability, access and use in glacier- and rock glacier-fed catchments in the Semi-Arid Chilean Andes.

Prior to beginning my research, I completed a training year as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence at the University of Exeter, where I trained in machine learning for earth observation, and studied critical perspectives on the use of big data and machine learning for addressing environmental challenges.

In 2021, I graduated from the University of Cambridge with First Class Honours with Distinction in BA Geography. My dissertation, titled 'An exploration of processes of de/politicisation in the French Citizens’ Convention on Climate', achieved a First Class with Distinction, and was awarded the Royal Geographical Society’s Climate Change Research Group award for best undergraduate Human Geography dissertation (2021).

Supervisory team: Dr Steven Palmer (Lead Supervisor), Dr Ernesto Schwartz-Marin, Dr Sally Rangecroft, and Professor Stephan Harrison.


BA Geography – University of Cambridge

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Research interests

Glacier retreat; political ecology of glaciers and water; participatory environmental governance; water resource security, access and justice; remote sensing; interdisciplinary methods

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