Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Developing an Economic Metric for Complex Urban Sanitation Systems in Low-income Settings

University of Leeds

Value: This Alumni Scholarship provides funding that covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,553 for 2017/18). Funding duration is up to 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress.
Number of awards: 1
Supervisors: Contact Dr Dani Barrington or Professor Barbara Evans to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The Sustainable Development Goals aim for 100% safely managed sanitation by 2030. Yet 4.5 billion people still do not have access to toilets that separate them from their excreta followed by processes to treat this waste so as to protect public health and the environment. Achieving 100% coverage by 2030 will not be as simple as providing toilets and sewers, there are also many economic, social, public health and political facets of this issue.

This research project will investigate the economics of urban sanitation systems in low-income settings, which may lead to the development of a unified sanitation metric for comparing lifetime costs of a range of approaches to the delivery of urban sanitation in developing countries. The work will have a particular focus on complex usage patterns including shared- and community-sanitation services. The metric would be akin to the standard measure ($/KWh) used in the Energy industry which enables comparison of a wide range of differing approaches (e.g., domestic solar power versus nuclear). The research will be based on field studies in developing countries to establish real life time operating and capital costs and to generate comprehensible comparators.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Developing an economic metric for complex urban sanitation systems in low-income settings' as well as Dr Dani Barrington as your proposed supervisor.

Due to funding restrictions applicants must be a National of a country listed by the OECD as one which receives Official Development Assistance (any of the countries listed here).

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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