Ben Parkes

Ben Parkes


Personal profile


I am a research fellow in climate impacts with a focus on the developing world. My interests are in climate impacts, whereby we understand the broad scale changes caused by climate change but need to focus on how these changes affect human livelihoods. I apply climate change projections to various impact models to assess the impacts, these impacts are important for policy makers. These impacts also provide the general public with a tangible definition of how climate change will affect their lives.

Research interests

I am familiar with technical computing in MATLAB, including large dataset analysis, plotting and mapping. I have also used several crop models, GLAM, ORCHIDEE-Crop and APSIM. I typically run crop models as part of future climate simulations to identify vulnerable regions and assess the efficacy of adaptation methods.

When not working on agriculture I have an interest in other climate impacts, including heat stress impact on people. In this topic I analyse climate model outputs and estimate the intensity and frequency of heat stress events in the developing world.

My current project title is "Climate resilient livelihoods" whereby I am focusing on providing information to policy makers to reduce vulnerability of people in the developing world to climate shocks. One aspect of this includes using crop residue as a source of bioenergy.

As an intense user of data from models, I am interested in uncertainties and am keenly aware of the value of bias correction.

Below is list of project ideas I'm looking to collaborate on:

  • Mixed low air quality and heat stress events
  • Bioenergy from crops and crop residue
  • Bias correction methods as a source of uncertainty


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Climate Impacts of Marine Cloud Brightening, University of Leeds

Feb 2009Jul 2012

Award Date: 11 Jul 2012

Master of Physics, The University of Manchester

Sept 2004Jul 2008

Award Date: 1 Jul 2008

Areas of expertise

  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • Climate change
  • Climate impacts
  • Agronomy
  • Heat stress

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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