Hannah Jayne Robinson


I am a second year PhD Student, affiliated with the Water-WISER Centre for doctoral training, writing a PhD by Publication on Gender and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

This is my 5th year in Leeds, having obtained my Undergraduate BEng Degree from this school in 2019: after competition of this Degree, I published a blog post for Leeds’ WASH Blog detailing the social and physical pressures of managing menstruation.

Alongside my PhD Focus, I have undertaken research for Irise International, looking at menstrual experiences in High Income Countries (possible through winning Leeds for Life Foundation Funding) while working jointly with the UK Government’s Period Poverty Taskforce, I volunteer as a postgraduate mentor, and review papers for Waterlines and The Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development.

Outside of academia I ran the largest volunteering society on campus (Action) for a year achieving two awards for my volunteering work, fundraised for WaterAid, attended two short courses on global health (ran by Students for Global Health Leeds), and aided two international development projects.

Research interests

Research Interests:

  • Gender Equality and Equity
  • Menstrual Health and Hygiene
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

PhD Research:

After spending the first year of my 4-year programme taking modules in environmental health, humanitarian engineering, management of WASH projects and gender, I decided to focus my research on Gender in WASH. I am hoping to create a series of papers looking into inclusion of Gender in development projects generally, and then how guidelines can help/hinder progress on gender, with a concluding piece on how internal controllable and external uncontrollable factors can affect implementation of gendered needs.

University Research Groups, Networks and Institutes:

  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering
  • The Centre for Global Development
  • Water@Leeds
  • The Researchers in Development PhD Network (RiDNet)


  • 2019 – BEng Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Leeds, UK (1st Class Division)

Research groups and institutes

  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering