Dr Emma Ferranti BSc MSc PhD AFHEA

Dr Emma Ferranti

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Emma’s research interests include the impact of weather on infrastructure, green infrastructure, air quality, and GIS. She has a background in geography, earth and environmental sciences, and research experience in academia and consultancy. 

Qualifications

  • BSc (International) Geography / Geology (University of Leeds, 2001)
  • MSc Environmental Hazards (Lancaster University, 2006)
  • PhD Geography (Lancaster University, 2011)
  • Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy 2011

Biography

Emma was awarded her PhD in Geography from Lancaster University for her research that combined synoptic climatology and GIS to examine changing rainfall patterns in Northern England. After postdoctoral research posts in air quality with the Environment Agency and Lancaster University. In 2013, Emma moved to the University of Birmingham where she has worked as a Research Fellow on several different projects in GEES and School of Engineering. This includes holding Principal Investigator and/or Co-Investigator roles on national and international projects, and leading internal and external grant applications. To date, successful awards total £600k.

Emma currently holds an EPSRC Living with Environmental Change Fellowship (2018-2024, PI £321k) and a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (2016-2019, PI £90k).  

  • The EPSRC fellowship, Bringing the Mediterranean to Birmingham, examines the impact of extreme heat on the interconnected infrastructure of the Midlands, and considers sustainable and biophilic heat adaptation solutions that would make the region a better place to live. Project Partners include HS2, Network Rail, Highways England, Birmingham City Council, Worcestershire County Council, Staffordshire County Council, techUK, and Met Office.
  • The NERC MEDIATE fellowship facilitates knowledge exchange in the field of green and grey urban infrastructure. This includes regular workshops and meetings professional practitioners organised via the Trees & Design Action Group and West Midlands RTPI, and producing guidance documents for practitioners. First Steps in Urban Air Quality for Built Environment Practitioners (Ferranti et al., 2018) has had ~ 1,600 downloads January-September 2018.

Teaching

Emma is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has designed and delivered geography lectures, practicals, field trips, and tutorials. She previously convened the compulsory second year undergraduate module GGM203 Geomatics.

Postgraduate supervision

Emma currently supervises two students:

  • Rhiannon Blake: Engineering solutions to air pollution in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (EPSRC-funded)
  • Sarah Greenham: The impact of weather on interdependent infrastructure networks  (EPSRC-funded)

Research

Recent research projects include:

Since 2018: EPSRC Living With Environmental Change Fellow, University of Birmingham

Bringing the Mediterranean to Birmingham examines the impact of extreme heat on the interconnected infrastructure of the Midlands, and considers sustainable and biophilic heat adaptation solutions that would make the region a better place to live. Project Partners include HS2, Network Rail, Highways England, Birmingham City Council, Worcestershire County Council, Staffordshire County Council, techUK, and Met Office.

Since 2016: Engineering Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Several projects on transport resilience and adaptation to climate change including: visit to Rio de Janeiro to assess transport resilience with local partners through interviews; grant writing; journal article writing; workshop organisation; supervision of research assistants. She was recently awarded GEES pump-priming funds (£3K) and EPSRC GCRF IAA funding (£16K) for a project on mega-event legacies and sustainable, greener, climate-resilient cities (South Africa and Brazil).

Since 2016: NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Birmingham

The MEDIATE fellowship facilitates knowledge exchange on a wide range of topics (air quality, biodiversity, infrastructure developments) in the field of green and grey urban infrastructure. This includes regular workshops and meetings professional practitioners organised via the Trees & Design Action Group and West Midlands RTPI, and producing guidance documents for practitioners.

2014 - 2016: Summersense Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Working closely with Network Rail this project explored the impact of heat on the railway network and evaluated the potential for innovative heat-risk management.

2013: SUMNs Research Fellow, University of Birmingham

Managing the legacy of Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory (BUCL), including organising and delivering an end-user focused workshop, ultimately to ensure BUCLs long-term sustainability.

2012- 2013: Breathe Easier Research Associate, Lancaster University

Design and field tests of a new Passive Air Sampler to monitor particulates at Scunthorpe Steelworks, and investigate new analyses techniques (e.g. albedo, magnetic remanence).

Other activities

  • Member of EPSRC Peer Review Associate College
  • External Examiner for UCLan MSc Urban Forestry
  • Member Royal Meteorological Society
  • Member of GEES Equality and Diversity Committee

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Ferranti, E.J.S., Fontana Oberling, D., and Quinn, A. D., [submitted]. Transport resilience to weather and climate: A perspective from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Travel Behaviour & Society.

Quinn, AD., Ferranti, E.J.S., Hodgkinson, S., Jack, A., Beckford, J., and Dora J. 2018. Adaptation as Business As Usual: A framework for climate-change-ready transport infrastructure. Infrastructures, 3(2), 10.

Ferranti, E.J.S., Jaroszweski, D., Lee, S., Chapman, L., Lowe, C., and Quinn, A.D., 2018. The hottest day on the railway network; insights and thoughts for the future. Meteorological Applications, 5, 195–208.

Ferranti, E.J.S., Chapman, L and Whyatt, J.D. 2017. A Perfect Storm? The collapse of Lancaster’s critical infrastructure networks following intense rainfall on 4th/5th in December 2015. Weather, 72: 3-7. *Top 20 downloaded article with 709 downloads in one year after publication*

Ferranti, E.J.S., Chapman, L., Lowe, C., McCulloch, S., Jaroszweski, D., Quinn, A. 2016. Heat-related failures on South-East England’s railway network: insights and implications for heat-risk management. Weather, Climate and Society, 8, 177-191.

Chapman, L., Muller, C.L., Young, D.T., Warren, E.L., Grimmond C.S.B., Cai, X.-M., and Ferranti, E.J.S. 2014. The Birmingham Urban Climate Laboratory: An open meteorological testbed and challenges of the smart city, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 96: 1545–1560.

Ferranti, E.J.S., Fryer, M. P., Timmis, R.J. and Sweetman, A., 2014.  Field-testing of a new flow-through directional passive air sampler for particulates in a complex source environment. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 16: 159-168       

Burt, T.P. and Ferranti, E.J.S., 2012. Changing patterns of heavy rainfall in upland areas: a case study from northern England. International Journal of Climatology, 32: 518-532.

Ferranti, E.J.S, Whyatt, J.D., Timmis, R.J. and Davies, G., 2010. Using GIS to Investigate Spatial and Temporal Variations in Upland Rainfall. Transactions in GIS, 14(3): 265-282.        

Ferranti, E.J.S., Whyatt, J.D. and Timmis, R.J., 2009. Development and application of topographic descriptors for conditional analysis of rainfall. Atmospheric Science Letters, 10(3): 177-184.

CONFERENCE PAPERS – REFEREED

Ferranti, E. J.S., Solera Garcia, M.A., Timmis, R..J. and Whyatt, J.D. 2010. Directional Analysis of Sub-Antarctic Climate Change on South Georgia 1905-2009.  EGU General Assembly 2010, EGU2010-5802-2, 2010, Vienna, Austria, 02 – 07 May 2010.

Ferranti, E.J.S., Whyatt, J.D., and Timmis, R.J. 2010. Using conditional analysis to investigate spatial and temporal patterns in upland rainfall.  EGU General Assembly 2010, EGU2010-5802-2, 2010, Vienna, Austria, 02 – 07 May 2010.

Burt, T.B. and Ferranti, E.J.S. 2010. Changing patterns of heavy rainfall in upland areas. SAC and SEPA Biennial Conference 2010, Edinburgh, Scotland, 31 March – 01 April 2010.

Ferranti, E.J.S., Whyatt, J.D., and Timmis, R.J. 2009. Developing Topographic Descriptors to study Orographic Processes under a Changing Climate. GISRUK 2009, Durham, England, 31 March – 03 April 2009.

OTHER

Ferranti, E.J.S., MacKenzie, A.R., Ashworth K., and Hewitt C.N. 2018. First Steps in Urban Air Quality. A Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) Guidance Document. UK: London. Available from: http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/3069/ *1,600 downloads Jan-Sep 2018*

Quinn, A.D., Jack, A., Hodgkinson, S., Ferranti, E.J.S., Beckford., J., and Dora, J. 2017. Rail Adapt: Adapting the railway for the future. International Union of Railways (UIC). France: Paris. Available from: https://uic.org/IMG/pdf/railadapt_final_report.pdf

Wilson, E. R., Ambrose-Oji, B., and Ferranti E.J.S. 2017. Widening engagement and diversity in forestry and forest science. Workshop Report. Royal Forestry Society, Banbury, Oxon. 19 pp.

Ferranti E.J.S., Chapman, L., Lowe, C., McCulloch, S., Jaroszweski, D., and Quinn, A. 2016. The impact of heat on the railway network. Rail Technology Magazine, Jun/Jul 2016. 

Ferranti, E.J.S., and McKenna, P. 2012. Daily irradiance and sunshine hours in North West England: a consultancy report undertaken for Placefirst. Lancaster University, Lancaster.