Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Peter Hargreaves

Research interests:

Rural development
Remote Sensing
Social-ecological Systems
Land Systems for Sustainability
Rural Livelihoods

Career history:

I completed an undergraduate BSc (Hons) in Ecological and Environmental Science from the University of Edinburgh in 2015, and subsequently completed a MSc in Ecosystem Services, again from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. Since beginning PhD study in 2018 I have taught on a number of environment and sustainability related courses across the School of Geosciences. I recently undertook a part time role assisting in course design for an online credit-bearing course titled ‘Satellite Data for Sustainable Development Goals’. I have also undertaken research assistant roles during PhD study, most recently as part of a Scottish Funding Council SFC-GCRF COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant. Based in southern Zimbabwe, the project was titled ‘Using geospatial data and techniques in response to COVID-19 social distancing requirements in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’. In February 2022 I was awarded Associate Fellow of AdvanceHE (AFHEA).

Active research projects:

Using Earth Observations to engender a social-ecological systems perspective on livelihoods and wellbeing in rural Africa.

This project entails working with very high resolution (VHR) remotely sensed satellite imagery and relating this to measures of wellbeing derived from household survey datasets for rural communities in southern Mozambique. The objectives are to investigate the role that remote sensing (RS) can play in monitoring socioeconomic conditions at fine spatio-temporal scales by: (i) examining the performance of RS metrics when predicting different measures of rural poverty; (ii) exploring the integration of disparate datasets (e.g. optical and SAR data etc.,); (iii) developing a multi-level monitoring system that incorporates interactions between poverty and capital endowments; and (iv) testing the ability of RS metrics to proxy poverty through time.

Recent publications:

Wells, G.J., Ryan, C.R., Ribeiro, N., Artur, L., Bowers, S., Fisher, J.A., Hargreaves, P.K., Junior, J.F., & Farao, A. 2022. Risks of mistaking tree harvesting for deforestation. Nature Climate Change. In press.

Hargreaves, P.K. and Watmough, G.R., 2021. Satellite Earth observation to support sustainable rural development. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 103, p.102466.

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