Sophie Durrans BA MSc

Professional Support Pathway Research Uptake Officer


I am responsible for ensuring that SHARE’s research findings are disseminated in the most appropriate way to a variety of audiences and that these findings influence sanitation and hygiene policy and practice locally, nationally and internationally. This involves active engagement of practitioners, policy-makers and researchers across several sectors including WASH and health.

Previously, I worked for the Wellcome Trust, undertaking a variety of roles on the graduate development programme, including environment and health research funding, communications and project management. I also undertook a secondment to the UK Collaborative for Development Sciences. I have experience working with the WHO on mHealth programmes for non-communicable diseases, and with Development Media International, an organisation running radio, television and mobile campaigns to change behaviours and improve lives in developing countries.

I have an MSc Global Health and Development from University College London, focussing in behaviour change and infant nutrition, and a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Social Anthropology. 



Research areas

  • Behaviour change
  • Evidence use
  • Global Health
  • Research : policy relationship


  • Anthropology
  • Policy analysis


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)


  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Other interests

  • Evidence into practice
  • Evidence-informed health policy making
  • Sanitation
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene
  • evidence into policy
  • getting research into policy
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