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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

prof. Ian Paul Holman, Ph.D.

Position: Visiting senior researcher

Branch: Department of social-ecological analysis

Workplace: ÚVGZ AV ČR, v. v. i.Bělidla 4aBrno603 00



Research Focus

He is an interdisciplinary hydrogeologist and spatial pedologist with expertise in sustainable water resource management.  Ian’s research mainly focusses on understanding how rural landuse and its management affects soil degradation, agricultural production and hydrological response (water resources and quality) at sub-catchment to national scales under current (EPSRC, Defra, WWF, Environment Agency, RSPB, National Trust) and future (DFID; NERC; BBSRC; EC) conditions.  He currently leads Cranfield research on adaptation within agricultural water management to drought and water scarcity for 3 NERC-funded projects.


1987-1990      BSc (Environmental Science) First class honours, University of East Anglia, UK

1990-1994      Ph.D. (Hydrogeology) at University of East Anglia, UK


1994-2001      Research Scientist, Soil Survey and Land Research Centre (York and Silsoe)

2001-2005      Lecturer. Institute of Water and Environment, Cranfield University, Silsoe

2005-2013      Senior Lecturer. School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University

2013-2014      Reader, School of Applied Sciences, Cranfield University

2014- date      Professor, Cranfield University


He is a member of the Natural Environmental Research Council Peer Review College.  He was an editorial board of Hydrogeology Journal (2012-15) and the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (2011-13) and was a founding Co-Chairman of the International Association of Hydrogeologist’s Working Group and (subsequently) Commission on Groundwater and Climate Change (2001-2011).  He is Cranfield PI on a range of national and European projects, including IMPRESSIONS (EU-FP7), EU-FACCE-JPI project MACSUR2

Brief scientometrics

Bibliography (05/16) ISI

Web of science: 64

H-index: 21

Total citations: 1248 (1109 without self-citations)