Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Associate







507Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





In 2016 I received a PhD from Imperial College London where I now work as a Research Associate. My main research interests surround understanding the many complex links and feedbacks between the human and natural environments. This involves spending time with a wide variety of stakeholders including farmers, property developers, NGO’s, City Councils and regulatory bodies.

I am currently working on the NERC funded CAMELLIA project (Community Water Management for a Liveable London) where I focus on understanding the intersections between urban development and natural capital.  I explore how natural capital can improve the lives of stakeholders while enhancing resilience to environmental and societal change.

My work also focuses on understanding the challenges faced and opportunities available to water users, particularly in developing regions of the world. I have extensive field experience and use real world insights to develop modelling tools for improving understanding and testing potential solutions. I have previously worked on NERC and Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences funded projects collaborating with researchers in the UK and India, examining water management under uncertainty in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. I have also helped develop the WISA (Water Initiative South Asia) network, connecting a wide variety of researchers, policy makers and industry specialists from the UK, South Asia and the Middle East.

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O'Keeffe J, Moulds S, Scheidegger JM, et al., 2020, Isolating the impacts of anthropogenic water use within the hydrological regime of north India, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Vol:45, ISSN:0197-9337, Pages:1217-1228

O'Keeffe J, Moulds S, Bergin E, et al., 2018, Including farmer irrigation behavior in a sociohydrological modeling framework with application in north India, Water Resources Research, Vol:54, ISSN:0043-1397, Pages:4849-4866

O'Keeffe J, Buytaert W, Mijic A, et al., 2016, The use of semi-structured interviews for the characterisation of farmer irrigation practices, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Vol:20, ISSN:1607-7938, Pages:1911-1924

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