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Research team

There are over 100 members in our team, from social scientists to hydrologists, economists to microbiologists.

Core team

Prof Richard Dawson

Hub Director

Working on floods, drought and climate risk management for cities and infrastructure
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Dr Jaime Amezega

Hub Deputy Director

Deputy Director and Ethics Committee chair; leading role in impact and policy research
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Dr Claire Walsh

Hub Research and Collaboratory Lead

Research Committee chair; leading establishing a global network of local water collaboratories
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Caroline Grundy

Hub Manager

Responsible for the overall operation, coordination and governance of the Hub

Dr Victoria Anker

Hub Impact and Communications Manager

Monitors the Hub’s impact and capacity building activities, and manages stakeholder communications

Julie Duncan

Hub Coordinator

Coordinating activity to support the development and success of the Hub
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Livia Douse

Hub Communications Officer

Responsible for the Hub's internal and external communications

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Akshay Jaiswal

Researcher

Prof Ashvin Gosain

Co-Principal Investigator

India Collaboratory lead; works on hydrological modelling, urban hydrology, IWRM
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Dr Dhanya C. T.

Co-Investigator

WS3 co-lead; works on hydrological extremes, improvised hydrological modelling, early-warning method
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Dinesh Kumar

Affiliated PhD

PhD student working on hydro-economics

Harsha Yadav

Affiliated PhD

PhD student working on urban flooding

Maya Krishnan

Hub Operations

India Collaboratory manager; tracking project, communications, outreach, and stakeholder engagement

Dr Prabhakar Shukla

Researcher

Works on climate change, groundwater modelling, water demand, and water quality issues

Prof Rakesh Khosa

Co-Investigator

Works on water resources systems, conflict resolution, urban water supply, and storm water systems

Dr Sandhya Rao

Researcher

Works on climate change impacts, vulnerability and risk assessments in water and health sectors

Sayantan Samui

Researcher

Smit Doshi

Researcher

Teeka Ram

Hub Operations

Umer Jeelanie Banday

Researcher

Works on socio-economic aspects of water economy, circular water economy, and economic modelling

International Water Management Institute

Alan Nicol

Co-Principal Investigator

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Dr Alemseged Tamiru Haile

Co-Investigator

WS3 co-lead; Citizen science lead; water quality and hydro-meteorological risks in Akaki catchment.
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Dr Amare Haileslassie Tekle

Co-Investigator

Co-leader WS 4; Principal Researcher, Agricultural Water Management.
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Eva Ludi

Co-Investigator

Likimyelesh Nigussie

Researcher

A social science researcher, contributing to equity and governance aspects of the Hub’s programme
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INTRAC

Dan James

MEL Consultant

Lucy Gray

MEL Consultant

Newcastle University

Dr Ajay Bhave

Researcher

Core Research Fellow in decision making under uncertainty for water security decision contexts
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Dr Angelos Tsolakis

Researcher

Ashwini More

Affiliated PhD

Caroline Grundy

Hub Manager

Responsible for the overall operation, coordination and governance of the Hub

Dr Cat Button

Co-Investigator

WS4 co-lead; focusing on socio-cultural values, knowledge, and practices
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Dr Claire Walsh

Hub Research and Collaboratory Lead

Research Committee chair; leading establishing a global network of local water collaboratories
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Prof David Graham

Co-Investigator

Studies water quality and sanitation around the world, especially AMR spread and exposure in wastes
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Dr David Werner

Co-Investigator

Working on innovative water quality surveying, mapping and communication methods
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Elliot Rooney

Affiliated PhD

Dr Geoff Parkin

Co-Investigator

Supporting citizen science data collection for effective modelling and water management
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Dr Gopal Iyer

Researcher

Driving cross-cultural interdisciplinary research in SDGs 4 (Education) and 6 (Water and Sanitation)

Dr Graham Morgan

Co-Investigator

Creator of Game Lab, a world leading laboratory in video game research and teaching
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Dr Greg O'Donnell

Researcher

Senior researcher in catchment hydrology

Dr Helen Underhill

Researcher

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Jack Charnley

Affiliated PhD

Investigating progress towards SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) in New Delhi’s primary schools

Dr Jaime Amezega

Hub Deputy Director

Deputy Director and Ethics Committee chair; leading role in impact and policy research
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Prof Jon Mills

Co-Investigator

Working on the development and application of geospatial solutions to water systems challenges
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Julie Duncan

Hub Coordinator

Coordinating activity to support the development and success of the Hub
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Dr Kishor Acharya

Researcher

Public health microbiologist, developing portable tools for microbial hazard surveying
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Livia Douse

Hub Communications Officer

Responsible for the Hub's internal and external communications

Dr Louise Rayne

Researcher

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Maggie Roe

Co-Investigator

Working primarily on revealing and expressing the hidden socio-cultural values of water systems
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Dr Marcos Quintela Baluja

Researcher

Dr Maria-Valasia Peppa

Researcher

Developing photogrammetric computer vision solutions to help solve global water security problems
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Dr Mohsen Nagheeby

Researcher

Dr Nasser Tuqan

Researcher

Prof Pauline Dixon

Co-Investigator

Project- and enquiry-based learning through participation and peer education focusing on UN SDGs
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Prof Richard Dawson

Hub Director

Working on floods, drought and climate risk management for cities and infrastructure
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Dr Roya Olyazadeh

Researcher

Working to develop a spatial decision support system using geospatial technologies
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Dr Steve Humble

Researcher

Project- and enquiry-based learning through participation and peer education focusing on UN SDGs
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Prof Tom Curtis

Co-Investigator

WS3 co-lead; environmental engineer focusing on biological treatment and microbial ecology
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Tsedenya Tafesse

Affiliated PhD

Dr Victoria Anker

Hub Impact and Communications Manager

Monitors the Hub’s impact and capacity building activities, and manages stakeholder communications

Xanthe Polaine

Affiliated PhD

Researching use of decision sciences to improve water management via socio-hydrological perspectives

NUMed Malaysia

Dominic Kay

Technician

Dr Jeyanthy Eswaran

Researcher

Expert in cross-cutting experimental research that determines the impact of water quality on health
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Jia Yee Ho

Researcher

Involved in detection of coliform bacteria, antibiotic resistance bacteria and trace metal

Dr Michaela Goodson

Co-Principal Investigator

Expertise in health outcome-related projects in Malaysia and other collaboratories
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Nur Raihan M Razak

Hub Operations

Oversees financial governance for the NUMed team
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School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi

Abhishek Kumar

Hub Operations

Dr Amrita Anand

Researcher

Senior Research Fellow: Works on WS 3,4,5 and CCT-WSP; Operations and Management Committee

Ankush Nimbria

Researcher

Water Sensitive Planning; Gender Committee

Prof Ashok Kumar

Co-Principal Investigator

Works on water governance, policy and development plans, water equity, ethics and water values
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Jyoti Sharma

Researcher

Junior Researcher: Water risks including health and hygiene risks

Kamakshi Thapa

Researcher

Maheshwari Gupta

Affiliated PhD

WS 5 junior researcher; water policies and city planning policies

Nitin Singh

Researcher

Junior Researcher; Water governance and finance; Planning policies

Prof Dr P.S.N. Rao

Co-Investigator

Works on water demand management, reuse and recycling through water policy and water quality issues
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Prof Rabidyuti Biswas

Co-Investigator

Works on residential water management, demand management, water efficiency and conservation
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Rudrapriya Yadav

Researcher

Water values; Member Ethics Committee

Savitri Kumari

Affiliated PhD

PhD scholar; comprehending planning/regulatory systems for water in NCR Delhi

Sheilja Singh

Affiliated PhD

PhD scholar: Water bodies in Delhi and their relationship to surrounding land uses

Vasudha Sharma

Researcher

Universidad del Cauca

Alejandro Figueroa Benitez

Affiliated PhD

Political Scientist, experience in private and public sector water research and consultancy

Prof Apolinar Figueroa Casas

Co-Principal Investigator

Environmental Science Doctorate Program Coordinator; EIA, biodiversity and hydrological management

Dr Diana Marcela Ruiz Ordonez

Researcher

Biologist, PhD in Environmental Sciences; experience in water resources integral analysis

Esteban Andrés Diaz

Hub Operations

Electronic and Telecomms Engineer, Video production, Webinars, Infographics, Social Media Content

Ivan Lopez Gomez

Affiliated PhD

Dr Juan Carlos Corrales

Researcher

Leonairo Pencue-Fierro

Researcher

Remote sensing and machine learning for hydrology and risks analysis

Rachael Maysels

Researcher

Integrating science and traditional knowledge for water security and food sovereignty

Dr Tatiana Solano Correa

Researcher

Universidad del Valle

Andres Fernado Toro Velez

Affiliated PhD

WS3 team member; Environmental and sanitary engineering; wastewater management

Carolina Blanco Moreno

Affiliated PhD

Environmental Sciences PhD student; Social worker; community water management

Carolina Salcedo Portilla

Affiliated PhD

Environmental and sanitary engineering; Community perception of ecosystem integrity

Catalina Trujillo Osorio

Affiliated PhD

Water plural values and social meaning of water security in socio-ecological systems

David Chaquea Romero

Affiliated PhD

Industrial designer; Domestic Water Use Practices; Complex and Sociotechnical Systems

Prof Edgar Quiroga Rubiano

Researcher

Sanitary Engineer; Water Quality Surveillance; Energy efficiency in water supply and wastewater

Esteban Correa

Affiliated PhD

Ecological distributive conflicts and cases of environmental injustice around water

Dr Fabián Méndez

Co-Investigator

Epidemiologist; Environment and health; Social determinants of health; Social Inequalities in health

Julian Zúñiga-Barragán

Hub Operations

Project Manager; Economist; Sustainable Development; Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Nature

Dr Luis Darío Sánchez Torres

Co-Investigator

Environmental Science; Nature-Based Solutions for water supply alternatives; Efficient use of water

Dr Mariela García Vargas

Co-Investigator

Sociologist; Community management and participatory action research

Dr Mario Alejandro Pérez Rincón

Co-Investigator

Ecological economist; working on social metabolism, environmental conflicts, and political ecology

Prof Miguel Ricardo Peña Varón

Co-Principal Investigator

Working on the interface between environmental and social systems

Natalia Andrea Duque Achipiz

Affiliated PhD

Wastewater management in socio-ecological systems of small agro-industries in Colombia

Samy Andrés Mafla

Affiliated PhD

Economist; Sustainable Development; Socio-ecological characterization and water sustainability

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Ainul Syarmimi Binti Rosli

Affiliated PhD

PhD student, working in water quality modelling

Prof Dr Azmi Aris

Co-Investigator

Malaysia Collaboratory lead, works on water quality modelling for the river basin
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Dr Che Hafizan Che Hassan

Researcher

Involved in water availability and sustainable river basin index studies

Prof Choong Weng Wai

Co-Investigator

Expertise in community engagement and environmental behaviour studies

Dr Cindy Lee Ik Sing

Researcher

Fateha Abdul Razak

Hub Operations

Juhaizah Talib

Hub Operations

Manages the financial aspects of research projects related to UTM's researchers
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Mohammad Nur Fitry Bin Mohd Yani

Affiliated PhD

Mohd. Faiz Foze

Hub Operations

Involved in field work related to hydrological and water quality sampling and analysis

Muhammad Anwar Bin Ramzan

Affiliated PhD

Dr Neo Sau Mei

Researcher

Involved in community engagement and environmental behaviour studies

Nor Eliza Alias

Co-Investigator

Expertise in hydro-climatological analysis, climate change and disaster risk

Dr Nor Zaiha Arman

Researcher

Involved in water quality and data acquisition for the development of Sg. Johor DBM System

Dr Salmiati

Co-Investigator

Expertise in water quality, land use, and activities for development of Sg. Jojor DBM system
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Prof Dr Zainura Zainon Noor

Co-Investigator

Expertise in water availability and sustainable river basin index studies for water governance
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Dr Zulfaqar Sa'adi

Researcher

Involved in hydro-climatological modelling and future projection for hydrologic resilience

Prof Dr Zulkifli Yusop

Co-Investigator

WS2 co-lead, expertise in hydro-climatological modelling and projection for hydrologic resilience
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University of Leeds

Dr Andy Carr

Researcher

Angela Bayona-Valderrama

Affiliated PhD

Ann Marie Boyle

Hub Operations

Admin support for the water@leeds team

Dr Anna Mdee

Co-Investigator

WS5 co-lead; governance and politics of water, institutional reform and development intervention
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Prof Barbara Evans

Co-Investigator

Developing effective strategies for delivering sustained high-quality equitable water and sanitation
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Dr Gaby Lopez Gonzalez

Hub Operations

Admin support for the water@leeds team
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Gemma Phillips

Affiliated PhD

Dr Johan Pasos

Researcher

WS 3 PG researcher; sustainable aquaculture production systems through nutrient recycling

Dr Lata Narayanaswamy

Co-Investigator

Ethics Committee member; gender, decolonising knowledge and ethics, political economy of evidence
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Dr Mark Bernhofen

Researcher

Dr Mark Trigg

Co-Investigator

Working in WS3; water risk, hydrology, hydraulics, remote sensing, global datasets, web platforms
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Dr Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero

Co-Principal Investigator

Working in WS3; delivering sustainable sanitation services via resource recovery from waste streams
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Dr Sarah Cooper

Researcher

WS5 research fellow; governance of water security, justice, power and politics, institutions

Shivani Singhal

Affiliated PhD

WS 5; water governance, river pollution, feminist third-world political ecology, equity in India

Dr Tatiana Zúñiga Burgos

Researcher

WS3 PG researcher; strategies for enhanced nutrient recovery by microalgae from wastewater

Zhe Zhan

Affiliated PhD

University of Oxford

Dr Anna Murgatroyd

Researcher

Works on management of climate-related risks to water supply systems

Dr Cheryl Doss

Co-Investigator

Focusing on issues related to assets, agriculture and gender at household and intrahousehold levels
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Dr Dustin Garrick

Co-Investigator

Working at the interface of water and economy, on institutional analysis of water allocation reform
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Prof Jim Hall

Co-Investigator

Works on management of climate-related risks in infrastructure systems
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Dr Katrina Charles

Co-Principal Investigator

Using interdisciplinary approaches to achieve safe drinking water for all
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Dr Marya Hillesland

Researcher

Dr May Sule

Researcher

Prof Rob Hope

Co-Investigator

Works on water policy, poverty and economics, to deliver sustainable rural water supplies
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Water and Land Resource Center

Adey Nigatu

Researcher

Water science engineering background and water resource systems researcher
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Dr Alemayehu Taye

Co-Investigator

Groundwater hydrologist, conducting groundwater assessment research in Central Rift Valley
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Dr Amare Bantider Dagnew

Co-Investigator

Natural resource management professional and governance research
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Dr Bezaye Gorfu Tessema

Project Manager

Ethiopia Collaboratory manager and environmentalist conducting research on water quality
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Bitew Kassaw Dessie

Researcher

Dr Degefie Tibebe

Researcher

Climate researcher and geospatial scientist
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Elizabeth Dejene Wondmhun

Hub Operations

Programme administration
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Endaweke Assegide

Affiliated PhD

GIS and remote sensing background, research on water quality
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Dr Ermias Teferi

Researcher

Hydrologist and geospatial scientist
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Dr Gete Zeleke Eshetu

Co-Principal Investigator

Ethiopia Collaboratory lead, expertise in natural resource management
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Dr Tena Alamirew Agumassie

Co-Investigator

Water resource management professional, focusing on monitoring water quality
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Dr Tibebu Kassawmar

Co-Investigator

GIS and remote sensing professional
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Venusia Gete

Researcher

Prof Woldeamlak Bewket

Co-Investigator

Natural resource management professionally, with a focus on climate/environmental change
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