Telephone: +44 1904 432944
Title: Senior Research Associate
Role: Theme co-leader, Managing Environmental Systems
Expertise: agricultural development, water management, ecosystems services
Dr Barron is a research fellow in agriculture and water management at SEI and affiliated to Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her research is focussed on agriculture, water management and ecosystem servcies in the field to meso-scale landscapes for food production, livelihood improvements and agro-ecosystems sustainability. Dr. Barron is a theme co-leader of Managing Environmental Systems.
Dr Barron is now working on research in integrated resource management strategies actively incorporating on and off-farm water uses in field to meso-scale watershed. Of particular interest are the opportunities to enable desirable transformations of livelihoods and production landscapes for sustainable development, in view of uncertainty and complexity of global and local change. The research activities are being undertaken in several project partnerships, currently focussing on sites in Niger, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Zambia and Indiia. Through the CGIAR Challenge Programme Water and Food, she leads the projects Volta V1 and Limpopo L1 'Targeting and scaling out ' with partners (2010-2013).
Dr Barron has more than 15 years of experience with water and agricultural related research and development in sub-Sahara Africa, SE Asia and Australia. She has also several years of experience in higher education and learning support activities both in Sweden and in the African context. She has contributed to the CGIAR initiative "Comprehensive assessment of water for agriculture", Global Assessment Of Energy (GEA) and made contributions towards the Swedish Environmental Advisory Council on future fresh water and land requirements for food, and bioenergy.
She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management, Stockholm University, and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. She regularly provide expertise to various global and national bodies in research and development, including research councils, FAO, and UNEP. Through research work, Dr Barron supervises and mentors post-docs, PhDs and MSc MRes at various universities. Dr Barron is author/co-author on 25 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, as well as a number of policy documents.
Assessing impacts of agricultural water interventions in the Kothapally watershed, Southern India (Journal article - 2012)
A review of the recent literature on water harvesting in Sub-Saharan Africa (Book chapter - 2012)
Energy and Environment (Book chapter - 2012)