Core Management Group

Professor Gavin Shaddick: Department of Mathematics
Director, UKRI CDT in Environmental Intelligence; Chair of Data Science & Statistics

  • Theory and application of Bayesian hierarchical models
  • Spatio-temporal modelling
  • Modelling global air quality and health

Professor Hywel Williams: Department of Computer Science
Deputy Director, UKRI CDT in Environmental Intelligence; Associate Professor in Data Science

  • Application of complex systems thinking
  • Problems in artificial intelligence
  • Earth system science, ecology, evolution, and social sciences

Calum MacLeod
Centre Manager, UKRI CDT in Environmental Intelligence

Daina Heaton
Centre Administrator, UKRI CDT in Environmental Intelligence

Dr Beccy Mitchell: Innovation, Impact and Business
Senior Impact and Partnership Development Manager – Environment, Sustainability and Food Security

  • Impact development
  • Research and innovation collaborations
  • Partnership development and income generation


Professor Richard Everson: Department of Computer Science
Director of the Institute for Data Science and AI; Professor of Machine Learning

  • Machine learning
  • Statistical pattern recognition
  • Multi-objective optimisation

Professor Tim Lenton: Department of Geography
Director of the Global Systems Institute; Professor of Earth System Science and Chair in Climate Change

  • Revolutionary transformations of the Earth system
  • Tipping points in the Earth system
  • An evolutionary ecosystem model

Professor Lora Fleming: European Centre for Environment & Human Health
Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health; Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human Health

  • Human health exposures and effects of harmful algal bloom toxins
  • Effects to human health of microbial pollution
  • Health disparities in the workplace

Professor Sabina Leonelli: Department of Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology
Deputy Director, Egenis; Professor of Philosophy and History of Science

  • Philosophy, history and sociology of data-intensive science
  • Open Science and open data policies and procedures
  • Philosophy and history of organisms as research models

Dr Sarah Hartley, Department of Science, Innovation, Technology, & Entrepreneurship
Senior Lecturer in Management

  • AI and data science governance and ethics
  • Qualitative analysis of environmental problems
  • Risk management

Professor Peter Challenor, Department of Mathematics
Professor of Mathematics

  • Statistical analysis of complex numerical models
  • Interpolation of noisy data
  • Estimation of the amount of renewable energy in the ocean

Professor Alberto Arribas, Department of Computer Science
Associate Professor in Computer Science

  • Ocean data assimilation
  • Use of coupled atmosphere-ocean models
  • Representation of uncertainties in the ensemble prediction system

Professor Peter Hopkinson, Department of Science, Innovation, Technology, & Entrepreneurship
Director of the University Exeter Centre for Circular Economy; Professor in Circular Economy

  • Circular Economy Business Model Innovation
  • Systemic initiatives for circular value creation
  • Take up and management of circular economy within organisations