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Research interests

Phil Ashworth is a Professor of Physical Geography specialising in river morphodynamics and sedimentology.

Scholarly biography

Phil Ashworth commenced as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) in September 2017. He is also Professor of Physical Geography specialising in river morphodynamics and sedimentology.

As an Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Phil reports directly to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Tara Dean. He is responsible for ensuring that the actions arising out of the new University Research and Enterprise Strategic Plan are supported and implemented effectively to maximise the scale, quality, impact and international reach of the University’s research and enterprise. Phil leads development of the new Centres of Research and Enterprise Excellence (COREs), provides strategic leadership on the investment of quality-related (QR) income (>£5m) and manages the Research Services budget (£2m) and Brighton Doctoral College budget (£1m). He is a member of the newly formed Executive-led 'Securing our Future' Group that makes recommendations on the size and shape of the university in the immediate and near-future. Phil is also Chair of the recently-formed Joint Clinical Research Office based in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and serves on the Strategy Board of the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre. He works with Schools to motivate staff to produce excellent research and enterprise and is a core member of the REF2021 leadership team, including the joint Medical School.

Phil is an international scholar in the earth, physical and environmental sciences with H-Index of 44 and over 4900 citations. He currently works on landscape evolution and sedimentation across a range of scales including the largest rivers and estuaries in the world. His research has been supported by over £5m of funding including 14 grants from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Phil has strong links with the petroleum industry and recent projects include working on the Albertan Oil Sands in Canada.

Phil has a strong association with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) where he was one of only 14 UK scientists invited to chair all the Responsive Mode grant panels (2010-2014). He has also chaired panels for Directed Programmes, Strategic Capital Equipment, International Opportunities and Global Partnerships. Phil is currently a NERC Core member of the Peer Review College and a member of the UKRI Future Leaders Peer Review College. He also recently served on the EPSRC AI CDT panel. Phil was a council member and trustee of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) (2014-2017) and is a co-author of a recently published Benchmark Review of UK Physical Geography produced in association with the RGS. He was made a Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology in 2014. Phil was appointed to the REF2021 UoA14 Geography and Environmental Studies sub-panel who have helped draft the Guidance on Submissions and Criteria and Methods in 2018.

Phil is a keen advocate of research dissemination through different media and has outputs on ResearchGateYouTube, and Twitter and has published articles in the Times Higher Education.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Stirling

External positions

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship panel: Deputy Chair

21 Jan 201922 Jan 2019

UKRI Future Leaders Peer Review College

11 Jan 2019 → …

UKRI EPSRC AI CDT Panel

6 Nov 20188 Nov 2018

REF2021 UoA14 Sub-panel Member

1 Mar 20181 Apr 2022

NERC Peer Review College Core member

9 Nov 2017 → …

Fellow BSG (10% of membership)

1 Sep 2014 → …

Fellow RGS, Royal Geographical Society

2013 → …

NERC Pool of Grant Panel Chairs

20102014

Keywords

  • GB Physical geography
  • Rivers
  • Sediments
  • Floods
  • Channel pattern
  • Erosion
  • Deposition

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Research Output 1986 2018

Hydrodynamic modelling of tidal-fluvial flows in a large river estuary

Sandbach, S. D., Nicholas, A. P., Ashworth, P., Best, J. L., Keevil, C., Parsons, D. R., Prokocki, E. W. & Simpson, C. J., 27 Jun 2018, 212, p. 176-188

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
hydrodynamics
estuary
sediment transport
river
modeling

Morphology and spacing of river meander scrolls

Strick, R. J. P., Ashworth, P., Awcock, G. & Lewin, J., 9 Mar 2018, 310, p. 57-68 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
meander
spacing
river
floodplain
geometry

Quantification of bedform dynamics and bedload sediment flux in sandy braided rivers from airborne and satellite imagery

Strick, R. J. P., Ashworth, P., Sambrook Smith, G. H., Nicholas, A., Best, J. L., Lane, S., Parsons, D., Simpson, C. J., Unsworth, C. & Dale, J., 3 Dec 2018, 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
airborne sensing
braided river
bedform
bedload
satellite imagery

The adaptation of dunes to changes in river flow

Reesink, A., Parsons, D., Ashworth, P., Best, J., Hardy, R., Murphy, B., McLelland, S. & Unsworth, C., 5 Sep 2018, 185, p. 1065-1087

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

river flow
dune
sediment
flow velocity
kinematics

The impact of non-equilibrium flow on the structure of turbulence over river dunes

Unsworth, C., Parsons, D., Hardy, R., Reesink, A., Best, J., Ashworth, P. & Keevil, G., 24 Aug 2018

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
dune
turbulence
river
turbulent flow
flow field

Activities 2013 2013

NERC bedforms project site

Phil Ashworth (Participant)
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