Professor Geoffrey Petts

Geoff joined the University of Westminster as Vice-Chancellor in 2007. He studied at Liverpool, Exeter and Southampton universities and gained his first teaching experience at the Dorset Institute of Higher Education, now Bournemouth University. He was appointed to a Lectureship at Loughborough University in 1979 where he was awarded a Chair in 1989 and became Head of Department in 1991. In 1994 he moved to Birmingham University, where he founded the Centre for Environmental Research and Training and became Pro Vice-Chancellor in 2001.

His research is at the interface of hydrology, geomorphology and ecology; it addresses the sustainable development of water resources and focuses on rivers and their ecosystem services. He was awarded the Busk Medal of the Royal Geographical Society in 2007, and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for River Science in 2009.

He holds honorary titles at the University of Uzbekistan and Beijing Normal University. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal River Research and Applications since its foundation in 1987. Currently, Geoff serves as President of the British Hydrological Society and Chair of London Higher. He was also Chair of PODIUM for London 2012.


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