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Mr MARK JWAIDEH profile picture
  • Student
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Although Mark’s PhD is fully funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), he also works as a flood risk consultant for U.K. Government Agencies. This work has given Mark eight years of valuable experience in governmental bodies through writing, applying and implementing flood policy at the strategic level in the U.K..

Prior to UCL ISR, Mark was a visiting researcher for the WHO Collaborate at Imperial College London, conducting research into the link between water management and infectious diseases in the Middle East. Mark obtained his MSc in Hydrology and Water Resource Management from Imperial College London and his BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography from Kings College London.

Mark intends to apply his interconnective environmental thinking in sustainable investing and financing, by supporting companies with harmonising, standardising and quantifying their ESG strategies across their portfolios. 

Research Summary

Mark is part of the Water and Food Resource Nexus research theme at UCL. His thesis project is to develop a global spatially-explicit index that identifies the environmental impact from crop commodities; the croP environmentaL impAct iNdicaTor (PLANT). PLANT takes advantage of new spatially-explicit estimates of environmental impacts for global agriculture due to the use of fertiliser, water, land and emissions of greenhouse gases. Mark builds the PLANT index using meaningful indicators with a transparent and standardised global methodology to support regional crop commodity environmental sustainability assessments. His work specifically works towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and aids decision making for long-term, multidisciplinary policy and research programs. PLANT also supports ESG strategies in their assessment of environmental risk supply chains for regional crop commodity combinations and facilitates agro-commodity trade financing and sourcing decisions.

Mark’s thesis additionally has a strong focus on developing biodiversity metric indicators for environmental impacts from fertiliser- and land-use using Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) methodologies. Where LCIA methodologies were lacking spatially explicit relevance, Mark developed new methodologies. LCIA is often used to determine the impacts of fertiliser use but lacks suitable methodologies to estimate the fate and transport of nutrients from soils, making crop and regional impact comparisons difficult to assess. Through this, Mark developed a new global spatially-explicit methodology to estimate the fate and transport of fertilisers from soils to fresh and marine water environments, for implementation within LCIA frameworks. The improvement and use of LCIA methodologies have been advocated by many international initiatives including the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). 

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