Lecturer in Water-Food Security, University of Manchester; United Kingdom
Tim Foster’s research develops and integrates biophysical models and economic analysis to explore the dynamics of water-food-energy systems and design solutions to global water and food security challenges. He has particular expertise in the assessment and management of groundwater use for irrigation, and, to date, has worked extensively on these topics in the U.S. High Plains and California.
Foster is also the lead developer of AquaCrop-OS, a free, open-source software tool for assessing the impacts of water scarcity and climate change on crop production worldwide. Since release in August 2016, AquaCrop-OS has been downloaded by more than 230 researchers, policymakers, and farmers from 60 countries worldwide.
Foster joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Water-Food Security in 2016. Prior to this, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Robert B. Daughety Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in hydrology from Imperial College, London, along with a bachelor’s degree in physical geography from University College, London.