We are a multidisciplinary team comprised of researchers and professionals largely based at the University of Oxford. Drawn together by a common passion, we aim to combine our diverse skillsets and interests to better understand the role water plays in weaving together communities and climate change. To contact us please email alice.chautard [at] gmail.com
Water has been a common thread throughout her career to date; Alice holds a BSc in Ecology and Environmental Management from McGill University, and a MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. She currently works as Communications and Knowledge Exchange Manager for REACH, an Oxford University programme funded by DFID aiming to improve water security for the poor in Africa and South Asia. Alice is also a photographer, using photography as a tool to communicate the science around water security, climate change and social justice. Twitter; email: Alice.chautard[@]gmail.com
Yolanda Clatworthy has an MSc in Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford. Ever since she was a small child swimming in the lakes of the Canadian Shield, she has been fascinated by the influence of water and the connections that it facilitates. While studying political science at McGill University she published a paper around the role of the canoe in mapping a Canadian identity, and has been investigating the intersections between people and place since. She recently co-founded a creative agency that highlights socio-environmental stories in the Pacific Northwest, and is looking forward to building on this experience by exploring the ways in which water weaves together communities, narratives, climate, and livelihoods in Nepal.
Justin is a recent graduate of the University of Oxford. He previously studied environmental anthropology and global environmental change at Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and as a Truman Scholar. He has conducted research in Kiribati, French Polynesia, and Vanuatu, and has participated in NSF and NASA research in California and Oman. For the NPS Centennial, Justin worked at Yosemite National Park. An exhibit of his environmental photography, In the Wake: Rising Seas, Vanishing Nations, was displayed in Baltimore in 2015. Instagram
In the early days of his fascination with audio, he carried a little dictaphone with him documenting different water sounds. Since, he has expanded his recording kit and has been working as a freelance sound engineer, musician and producer for documentaries, music and radio. Having cycled around Europe recording musicians (Record-and-Ride), co-founded a three day music festival engaging new audiences in social and environmental issues (Tandem Collective), and created immersive sound and music performances (Upcycled Sounds), the H20 project feels like a perfect continuation of his exploration into the wonderful lines between art and science, music and sounds, stories and social issues.
Ross Harrison is a British filmmaker, passionate about documentaries and our environment since a young age. His filmmaking work has led him to explore diverse subjects ranging from rainforest conservation to education inequality and tribal land rights, through projects in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Malaysia among others. Most recently he co-directed ‘Facing the Mountain’, about climate change and its impacts in the Indian Himalayas. The documentary process continues to excite him with its possibilities for storytelling and as a catalyst for social change. Website
Sushma is travelling around Nepal interviewing people on the tough lives that they have to endure. The research is to document stories of the people’s hopes and dreams, pain and suffering. Since the April 2015 earthquake Sushma has gained a vast knowledge and experience as a District Field Coordinator. Prior to this she worked as a translator with the Carter Center monitoring the 2013 Constitutional Assembly Elections. Sushma is also a social worker in the health care sector: health and hygiene education, basic first aid, promoting woman specific needs and concerns, teaching children up to the age of 10. She also carries out research for public bodies, and interpreting for international NGOs during Nepalese elections.