Professional background: I have a PhD in Hydrology, a MEng in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Water Resources Science.
What attracted you to HR Wallingford? While finishing my PhD, I started to look for an opportunity that was not too far from academia, but not too close either! HR Wallingford bridges the gap between academia and industry, so here we get the best of both worlds. The diversity of project work, from consultancy to collaborative research, was a key reason I wanted to work here.
What are you working on? Right now I’m working on two projects funded by the UK Space Agency that aim to use satellite technology to help countries meet their sustainable development goals. I’m leading D-MOSS, a project that is developing a dengue fever forecasting system for Vietnam and the South East Asia region. It is a large project (over £5 million) with multiple project partners and has been the most exciting project I’ve worked on so far. It’s given me the opportunity to grow professionally, and it is fulfilling to have the chance to make a difference in countries that are suffering from this rapidly expanding disease.
It is very rewarding to have the chance to make a difference in countries that may be suffering from extreme weather, such as droughts and floods. It’s amazing to know that your work actually makes people’s lives better.
What’s the best thing about working at HR Wallingford? The people that work here and the opportunities to learn and grow professionally. It feels good to be part of a dynamic and diverse team, and the company is small enough to have a strong sense of community within the workplace. The working environment is nurturing and my colleagues are collaborative, friendly and welcoming. You get support to drive your professional development and HR Wallingford’s set up is unique to prepare you for a great outcome in the early stages of your career. The fact that we are independent and we invest in research makes this a unique place to be.
What do you enjoy most about your role? I particularly enjoy solving complex problems, and the opportunity to learn new things. I also enjoy spending time overseas and working with people from different backgrounds. It is very rewarding to have the chance to make a difference in countries that may be suffering from extreme weather, such as droughts and floods. It’s amazing to know that your work actually makes people’s lives better.
Gina in action
Gina and colleague Sajni exploring dinner options while working in Malaysia.
Gina working with partners in Uganda to improve flood forecasting using Earth Observation technology.
Gina presenting progress on the Drought and Flood Mitigation Services for Uganda project at the EGU Conference in Austria.