Dr Paul Hutchings

I am fascinated by understanding how to make water supply, sanitation and environmental health systems work in resource limited settings. During my PhD I was embedded in an Australian Aid research programme that was trying to understand how best governments can support communities to manage their own infrastructure in India, whilst I have since been involved and led numerous research projects on water supply and sanitation systems in other contexts across East Africa and South Asia.

These experiences have convinced me that it is as important to understand and apply technical solutions, as it is to appreciate how they interface with human, economic, social and political systems that will, ultimately, determine the viability of any intervention over the long-term. 

This is why, I am extremely proud to be the programme leader for the Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering MSc programme that supports students to develop the inter-disciplinary knowledge and problem-solving skills to tackle these issues, especially in the Global South. Reflecting this ethos, my background is as an applied social scientist that works closely with engineers in both my teaching and research.

On this programme you will engage with people with backgrounds in civil and environmental engineering, public health, and the social sciences as we try to develop you into well-rounded engineers capable of sustainably improving public health.

Find out more

To find out more about my research activities, the students I am supervising and some of my recent publications, visit my staff page.

If you have any specific questions about the content of the programme, please contact me via e-mail: p.hutchings@leeds.ac.uk.

For any questions relating to the admissions process and/or your current application please contact our admissions team: pgcivil@leeds.ac.uk.