Mr Ian Ross


Research Degree Student
(Health Economics)

15-17 Tavistock Place
United Kingdom

I am an economist with 12 years’ experience in the economics and financing of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. I recently completed a PhD in health economics at LSHTM with ESRC funding, and hold an MSc Development Economics. I am a member of the Centre For Health Economics In London.

Before joining LSHTM, I established and grew a six-strong water team at Oxford Policy Management, leading WASH consulting projects for clients including the World Bank, DFID and UNICEF. Prior to that, I was in WaterAid’s policy team working on a variety of research and advocacy. I run a blog at

I have full professional proficiency in French and intermediate proficiency in Portuguese. I have worked in Africa (Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia) and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan), as well as in Haiti and Timor-Leste.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


I lecture on the WASH and Health MSc module and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and am a tutor to students for the MSc Distance Learning programme. I am also a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Cranfield University, lecturing on the Management and Governance module of their MSc Community Water and Sanitation.


The focus of my research is the economics of water and sanitation, particularly the economic evaluation of sanitation interventions.

Research Area
Health economics
Disease and Health Conditions
Diarrhoeal diseases

Selected Publications

How does sanitation influence people's quality of life? Qualitative research in low-income areas of Maputo, Mozambique.
Ross I; Cumming O; Dreibelbis R; Adriano Z; Nala R; Greco G
Social Science & Medicine
Using Path Analysis to Test Theory of Change: A Quantitative Process Evaluation of the MapSan Trial
Bick S; Buxton H; Chase RP; Ross I; Adriano Z; Capone D; Knee J; Brown J; Nalá R; Cumming O
BMC public health
Impact of an intervention to improve pit latrine emptying practices in low income urban neighborhoods of Maputo, Mozambique.
Capone D; Buxton H; Cumming O; Dreibelbis R; Knee J; Nalá R; Ross I; Brown J
International journal of hygiene and environmental health
Benefits and Costs of a Community-Led Total Sanitation Intervention in Rural Ethiopia-A Trial-Based ex post Economic Evaluation.
Cha S; Jung S; Bizuneh DB; Abera T; Doh Y-A; Seong J; Ross I
International journal of environmental research and public health
Where Shared Sanitation is the Only Immediate Option: A Research Agenda for Shared Sanitation in Densely Populated Low-Income Urban Settings.
Tidwell JB; Chipungu J; Ross I; Antwi-Agyei P; Alam M-U; Tumwebaze IK; Norman G; Cumming O; Simiyu S
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Factors Associated with Water Service Continuity for the Rural Populations of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Mozambique.
DuChanois RM; Liddle ES; Fenner RA; Jeuland M; Evans B; Cumming O; Zaman RU; Mujica-Pereira AV; Ross I; Gribble MO
Environmental science & technology
A localized sanitation status index as a proxy for fecal contamination in urban Maputo, Mozambique.
Capone D; Adriano Z; Berendes D; Cumming O; Dreibelbis R; Holcomb DA; Knee J; Ross I; Brown J
PloS one
Diagnostics for assessing city-wide sanitation services
Scott RE; Ross I; Hawkins P; Blackett I; Smith MD
Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
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