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Vidayshree Diana Misir

Vidayshree Diana Misir


I was raised in the hinterland town of Bartica, Guyana on the banks of the Essequibo River. At age eleven I began high school in the capital Georgetown, later graduating from the University of Guyana with a B.Eng Civil. However, growing up surrounded by the beauty of the Essequibo River and watching the rain race across the river to our town had only given me a fascination with water. This led to my M.Tech Hydrology at IITRoorkee, India. Having worked with the Water Resources Section of the Hydrometeorological Service, Ministry of Agriculture, I’ve had a firsthand view of the distressing effects of too much and too little water at unexpected or prolonged periods of time. This has developed a curiosity in me to study water, climate and climate change with the hope of unearthing information that would assist Guyana future planning.


Department of Geography

PhD Project

Understanding the impact of climate and climate change on water and food security in Guyana



Supervisory Team

Dr Isabella Bovolo (Department of Geography)

Prof Riccardo Scarpa (Business School)

Prof John Wainwright (Department of Geography)

Dr Paulette Bynoe (University of Guyana)

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The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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