Water, Sanitation and Health at University of Leeds

University of Leeds conducts research into water, sanitation and health across the globe, and across many disciplines. Our researchers are often affiliated with transdisciplinary groups, such as the Centre for Global Development and Water@Leeds.

This blog is a place to hear from our students, staff and alumni about their experiences as researchers, learners and practitioners.

The Nakuru Accord: Failing better in the WASH sector

Transparency and accountability are necessary for achieving sustainable, positive impacts from water, sanitation and hygiene.

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Providing education and menstrual products alone will not allow women and girls to menstruate hygienically and with dignity - we also need to challenge negative, restrictive social norms.

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Students on our Master of Science (WASH Engineering) conduct research projects into pertinent global issues, often undertaking overseas placements with NGOs and other agencies.

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Our researchers conduct world-leading research into the technical, social, environmental, institutional and economic components of water, sanitation and health.

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Check out the latest blogs from our students, staff and alumni

Claire Rosato-Scott, PhD Candidate, talks about how she is using her corporate experience to manage her PhD workload.
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Dr Sally Cawood, Research Fellow in Urban Sanitation, sums up her experiences from the latest Faecal Sludge Management and African Sanitation conferences.
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Claire Rosato-Scott, PhD Candidate, talks about how she came to be studying for a PhD on incontinence in an engineering school...
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Dr Dani Barrington, Lecturer in Water, Sanitation and Health, Dr Lena Jaspersen, University Academic Fellow and Isobel Sale, student of Bachelor of Arts (French and Linguistics) talk about a series of workshops they facilitated to understand women's experiences of incontinence.
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Elizabeth Goolden, Master of Arts (Global Development) Graduate, talks about what it was like conducting research into the taboos associated with menstruation, comparing between the experiences of girls in UK and Uganda.
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Dr Chindo Nwankwao, Commonwealth Rutherford Fellow, discusses the findings of her recent fieldwork in Nigeria.
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Dr Dani Barrington, Lecturer in Water, Sanitation and Health, as well as colleagues Dr Michelle Redman-MacLaren and Humpress Harrington of James Cook University, on the importance of local students and community members leading initiatives to improve WASH systems in schools.
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Mariam Zaqout, Master of Science (WASH Engineering) Graduate, talks about what it was like conducting research into the emptying of pit latrines in Bangladesh.
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A poem written by Elon as part of a student seminar in the Master of Science in Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering
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Isobel Sale, Bachelor of Arts (French and Linguistics) student, talks about her research looking into the experiences of urinary incontinence that are shared on Mumsnet.
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Zhe Zhan, Master of Science (WASH Engineering) Graduate, talks about what he discovered when conducting his final research project on Sponge City implementation in Jinan, China.
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Georgia Hales, Master of Engineering Graduate, talks about what she discovered during her final research project investigating the menstrual education of boys in Mumbai schools.
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Georgia Hales, Master of Engineering Graduate, talks about what it was like conducting research into menstruation in India.
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Dr Celia Way, Research Fellow, on what it's like to experience a flood whilst living in an informal settlement.
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Pieces by University of Leeds WASHies published elsewhere

PhD candidates Christian Borja-Vega and Christian Israel Aragon-Briteno on anaerobic digestion as a potential solution towards sustainable wastewater re-use and renewable energy for Mexico
Read on The Water Blog (World Bank)
Elizabeth Goolden, graduate of University of Leeds MA (Global Development) present the results of her dissertation research, where she investigated the differences and similarities between menstrual taboos in the UK and Uganda
Read on the Irise website
Komal Saini, alumnus of University of Leeds MSc WASH Engineering, on her experiences of building professional networks through Tweeting a conference.
Read on Medium
Dr Dani Barrington and Dr Rebecca Sindall discuss the cool new technologies being designed by sanitation engineers, highlighting how important it is that users are engaged in designing and testing them.
Read on The Conversation
Dr Sally Cawood, Research Fellow, recently returned to Bangladesh to feedback her PhD findings on Community Based Organisations (CBOs), water and sanitation in Dhaka’s low-income settlements. This blog shares some reflections on reconnecting with the NGOs, urban poor groups and communities involved in the research.
Read on University of Manchester's Global Development Institute Blog
Dr Pete Culmer and Sarah King on new technologies to address incontinence.
Read on The Conversation
Dr Sally Cawood draws on data collected in three low-income settlements to outline how much residents – a mixture of tenants, house owners and landlords – pay for water and sanitation (WatSan) services in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Despite significant improvements, fieldwork reveals that overlapping financial and political insecurities at the household and settlement level greatly affect the costs and terms of access.
Read on Micro Save
Dr Dani Barrington and Professor Jamie Bartram on why we need to think twice when designing sanitation marketing campaigns that attack people's dignity.
Read on The Conversation
Dr Dani Barrington and Dr Pete Culmer on why incontinence is a global issue that needs more attention.
Read on The Conversation
Video produced by International Water Centre detailing the research findings of a previous project led by Dr Dani Barrington.
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This blog is managed by Dr Dani Barrington, but is informal – it is not supposed to represent a specific research project, group or programme at the University, and it is not restricted to WASH research in lower and middle income countries (after all, the Sustainable Development Goals apply to all of us!). It is a place to share our research findings and experiences. If you would like to contribute a blog, suggest an event, add a course to the list or something else, please feel free to shoot Dani an email.