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Senior Lecturer in Risk, University of Liverpool

Dr Macdonald is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool, his interests focus on four principal themes: (i) flood and drought frequency; (ii) the reconstruction of long hydrological and meteorological series from multiple sources, including proxy datasets; (iii) development of novel approaches and techniques to better understand and manage flood risk; and, (iv) the implementation of strategic drainage approaches, which focus on the practicalities of interdisciplinary collaboration across traditional boundaries (social, physical and environmental sciences). He has worked within the UK and EU. He current sits on the main committee of the British Hydrological Society and the British Institute at Ankara (British Academy) and is the UK representative on the EU eCOST Floodfreq programme.


PhD “The application of historical flood information in reassessing flood frequency in Britain” 2004 University of Dundee
MSc 2000 Environmental Assessment and Monitoring in Drylands, University of Sheffield
BSc 1999 Geography, University of Salford

Professional Activities:

British Hydrological Society
International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
British Society for Geomorphology
European Society of Environmental History
British Institute at Ankara
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Risk, University of Liverpool