Our people

Institute Director

Professor David Hannah

Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability)
Director of the Birmingham Institute for Sustainability and Climate Action (BISCA)
Professor of Hydrology, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

David is a physical geographer with interdisciplinary research interests focusing on three complementary themes within hydroclimatology (interface between hydrology-climatology): (1) hydroclimatological processes within alpine, Arctic, mountain and glacierized river basins; (2) climate and river flow regimes; and (3) river energy budget and water temperature dynamics.



Professional Services staff

Ms Jessica Mylchreest

Head of Institute Operations, BISCA


Jessica leads on the non-academic management of the Institute, enabling BISCA to undertake world-leading interdisciplinary research, develop strategic partnerships and deliver an exciting and innovative programme of education activities. 

Jessica works alongside the BISCA Director to shape and influence the strategic direction of the Institute. 

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Mrs Emma J Robinson

Operations Coordinator, BISCA


Emma supports the Head of Institute Operations with the day-to-day running of the Institute and the 'Elm House Hub', contributing to the outstanding delivery of the Institute's research, teaching and other interdisciplinary activities.

Emma is the first point of contact for day-to-day Institute/Elm House Hub queries and provides Senior Personal Assistant support to the Institute Director.




Jessica and Emma support the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science and AI (IIDSAI), and the Birmingham Institute for Sustainability and Climate Action (BISCA). BISCA and IIDSAI are co-located in Elm House, a new collaborative working space for interdisciplinary research.

As a shared operations team, based in the Elm House Hub, they facilitate the effective and efficient operation of both Institutes and activity in the Elm House offices, meeting, teaching and collaborative spaces. 

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