Professor Robert M. Kalin

Robert M. Kalin BSc MSc PhD CEnv FICE FRSC FGS

Professor of Environmental Engineering for Sustainability


Professor Kalin’s academic and professional interests are focused on Environment Science and Engineering to underpin the global sustainability agendas.  His work ranges from hydrogeology and Paleohydrology of local to regional scale groundwater systems, study of global biogeochemical cycles and climate change, to site specific biogeochemistry of water treatment, contaminated land and groundwater (including engineering design of sustainable remediation methods), development of new chemical analysis techniques for soil, air and water that to better understand risk to humans and the environment.

Christina Fraser

Christina Fraser is a PhD Candidate funded through the Climate Justice Fund Water Futures Programme at the University of Strathclyde. Her research is focused on developing methodologies and frameworks to assist in transboundary aquifer assessments alongside the validation and conceptualisation of these groundwater bodies to effectively inform policy creation. Her research is aimed towards assisting Malawi and its neighbouring countries to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 through effective groundwater management of their transboundary aquifers.

Laura Kelly

Laura Kelly is a PhD research student at the University of Strathclyde. Her research (Groundwater – Surface Water Interactions in Malawi) is focused on groundwater-surface water interactions (namely river baseflows) in Malawi.


Declining trends in rivers baseflows can have significant negative impacts on a countries population, ecosystem and economy. Such trends are suspected in Malawi, however, little evidence exists to verify these claims. Laura aims to fill this crucial gap in knowledge by determining temporal changes in river baseflows in Malawi. Her research will be a key element in helping the Malawian government achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 .

Jonathon Truslove

Jonathan Truslove is a PhD research student at the University of Strathclyde funded by the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme, working towards the sustainability of rural water point in Malawi. 


His research explores the local circular economy within rural communities and developing the systems surrounding rural water points that emphasise preventative maintenance for sustainability.  This research is aimed towards assisting Malawi to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 with methodology that is applicable to both the wider developing and developed worlds rural water supply. ​

Marc J. Addison

Marc is a PhD researcher at the University of Strathclyde, department of civil and environmental engineering. His research interests concern the relationships between continental rift-related alkaline igneous intrusions and groundwater chemistry in southern Malawi. He has a particular interest in water-rock interactions with specific volcanic rocks to determine the potential origins of various groundwater-related health issues facing Malawians, including; salinity, iodine and fluoride contamination. Groundwater salinity is the main focus of his research as this particular issue is prevalent in southern Malawi. Many boreholes drilled for drinking water produce highly saline groundwater and there is currently no consensus on the source of contamination. This research hopes to have wider implications all over the world where saline-contaminated groundwater is found in inland aquifers. Marc is funded by the Scottish Government: Climate Justice Fund, Water Futures Programme which works in assisting Malawi to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’.

Donald Robertson

Donald is in the first year of his PhD at the University of Strathclyde. Donald’s areas of interest are in hydrogeology and groundwater sustainability. Supervised by Prof Robert Kalin. Donald has been working closely with the Scottish Government supported Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme in support of his PhD research.


Donald’s background is in Geology having completed a BSc (Hons) Geology degree at the University of Manchester before moving onto the MSc Hydrogeology course at the University of Strathclyde.



Donald is currently on a voluntary suspension of his studies as he takes up a short term contract with the CJF team at the University of Strathclyde to support both the wider programme team but also his studies.

Sean MacLeod

Shaun is a Field Hydrogeologist for the Climate Justice Fund: Water Futures Programme at the University of Strathclyde. He works in Malawi conducting borehole drilling supervision, borehole forensics, borehole rehabilitation and borehole decommissioning. Prior to this, he completed an MSc in Hydrogeology from the University Strathclyde, a BSc in Geology & Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen and volunteered on an International Citizen Service WASH project in Tanzania.

Strategic partners:

Holly Clark

Holly is a PhD candidate in her first year of study at the University of Strathclyde, based in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Her research is funded by, and is part of the Climate Justice Fund Water Future Programme delivered by the Scottish Government in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde. 



Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of Glasgow and a Masters of Science in Hydrogeology from the University of Strathclyde. She also has 4 years experience working as a hydrogeologist and project manager on a variety of water and waste sector projects for the engineering consultant Mott MacDonald. 


Project partners:

Jamie Rattray

Jamie Rattray is a recently graduated Hydrogeologist who is working as a Field Hydrogeologist at the University of Strathclyde. His current work focuses on the continuing effort to improve Water Resource Management in Malawi, helping Malawi to fulfil SDG6. This position is predominantly based in Malawi in which he undertakes borehole forensics, drilling supervision, borehole rehabilitation and decommissioning. This work aims to showcase an informed data driven approach (via mWater application) to Water Resource Management that will allow Malawian and Scottish Government to see the potential for a similar course of action on a regional or country-wide scale for Malawi in future.


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