Senior Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Leeds
Barbara Evans is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds where she leads the group working on Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) in the School of Civil Engineering and is part of the internationally-recognised inter-disciplinary research centre, water@leeds. With twenty-five years experience working in the field of water and sanitation service delivery in low-income urban and rural areas of South Asia, Africa and Latin America, she is Chair of the Strategic Advisory Group for the United Nations’ Joint Monitoring Program on Water and Sanitation, a member of the Technical Advisory group of the Global Sanitation Fund, and a member of the Advisory Committee for DFID’s flagship sanitation research programme SHARE.
Having previously worked in consultancy and for the World Bank, she now leads research and practice at Leeds into improving service delivery in rapidly-growing poor cities in the global south. This includes the design of results-based funding instruments to expand sanitation access and coverage to improve public health outcomes in a range of urban environments; the analysis and understanding of systems of management (or non-management) of fecal sludge; the technical and health aspects of safe reuse of human excreta for irrigation; the design of appropriate institutional and financial tools to improve access to sanitation goods and services; and the assessment of long-run determinants of sustainable service delivery in both rural and urban water and sanitation.
She is currently actively engaged in bringing her knowledge on these topics to bear on the definition of post-2015 targets and monitoring systems for global water and sanitation development.