Dr Paul Hutchings

Dr Paul Hutchings


I am a mixed-methods social scientist that works at the interface of engineering, public health and international development studying water and sanitation services and environmental health interventions in the Global South.


  • Programme Leader for the Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc
  • WaterWISER CDT Management Board

Research interests

My research falls into two main areas. The first is focused on measuring and monitoring public health and wellbeing outcomes from water, sanitation and environmental health interventions with the aim of improving how we can design interventions to meet the needs of specific groups. The second is concerned with understanding service delivery systems within the water and sanitation sector and assessing how such institutional systems function and change for better or worse.  

Student education

I am co-programme leader for the Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc and lead two modules on that programme called the Management of WASH Projects and Engineering for Public Health.

Research groups and institutes

  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering

Current postgraduate researchers

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