Resilient Water and Sanitation Services Research

Image showing Emma Blake Morsi the artist in front of one of her billboards in Bristol entitled "Water and sanitation is a human right"
Artist Emma Blake Morsi in front of one of her billboards in Bristol

Water and sanitation are among the most basic services people require to remain healthy and safe. Yet worldwide, nearly 2.2 billion do not have access to safely managed water, of whom nearly 600 million use unimproved water supplies or surface water. More than two billion people lack access to even basic sanitation with over 670 million people still defecating in the open.

A reservoir scheme in the Himalayan mountains, Nepal
Water storage tank in Ghandruk, Nepal Image credit: Moti Poudel

The resilient water and sanitation services team at Bristol is based at the Department of Civil Engineering. Our focus is on low and middle income countries and undertaking research to find effective solutions to long-standing problems with services.

We work on three inter-connected themes:

  • climate change and resilience
  • securing public health benefits
  • ensuring access to services for poor people.

Climate change and resilience

We are developing testing indicators to measure resilience, see How tough is WASH.

We are applying methods to assess resilience of water sanitation systems in Asia and Africa  see Sanitation and climate: assessing resilience and emissions (SCARE) and Beyond the Networked City.

We are also working to improve our understanding and measurement of greenhouse gases that come from sanitation systems. Building on our understanding of resilience, we are working on methods to undertake Water and Sanitation Vulnerability and Adaptation assessments.

Our research papers

Please see our research papers

Visit our project website

Click on the image below to visit our project website and see our full range of climate resilient WASH research

A market in Lamu, Kenya

Our research papers

Read our research papers

Team members

Research Students

PhD Students

MScR Students

  • Isabel Harding
  • Arleen Lezcano
  • Eimear Griffin
Man with donkey collecting water from a standpipe, Ethiopia
Abandoned borehole, Ethiopia Image credit: Adrian Flint
Tubewell and sanitation, Nepal Image credit: Guy Howard
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