I received my Civil and Environmental Engineering MEng from the University of Leeds in 2018. Here I became interested in WASH. My first thesis was looking into the failures of different sanitation programmes in rural India with Professor Barbara Evans. The second was primary research on the menstrual hygiene education given to schoolboys in Mumbai, India, with Dr. Dani Barrington. Following this I volunteered for three months on enhancing and maintaining WASH facilities and systems in Moria refugee camp, Greece. I then worked as a WASH consultant in Cambodia for a year and a half, mainly focusing on rural water supply and water quality. I am now a first year PhD student as part of the Water-Wiser CDT.
The research for my PhD will be to look at how gender plays a role in the delivery of adequate MHM services in humanitarian settings. I will investigate the level of participation needed for these activities and attempt to shed light on the unplanned, negative impacts of participatory and female-centred MHM service delivery. I will also look into the role of men in this context and how they can act as facilitators or barriers to implementing MHM services.
- 2018, MEng Civil and Environmental Engineering, Leeds