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Dr Ian Ross

MSc PhD

Research Fellow
(Health Economics)

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I am a health economist with 14 years’ experience in the economics and financing of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. I completed my PhD in health economics at LSHTM with ESRC funding, and hold an MSc Development Economics. I run a blog at www.WASHeconomics.com and my Google Scholar profile is here.

Before joining LSHTM, I established and grew a six-strong water team at Oxford Policy Management, leading WASH consulting projects 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 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. I am a member of the Centre For Health Economics In London.

Affiliations

Department of Disease Control
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Teaching

I lecture on the WASH and Health MSc module and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. I am also a tutor to students for the MSc Distance Learning programme.

Research

My current research focuses on:

1. Measuring and valuing 'quality of life' effects of WASH interventions. I have developed a measure of 'sanitation-related quality of life' (SanQoL) which quantifies people's perceptions of sanitation-related privacy, safety, health, shame and disgust as an index. I have applied the SanQoL measure in impact evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis, and am currently working on a discrete choice experiment for its valuation.

2. Economic evaluation of WASH interventions, including costing, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses. I am currently working on an economic evaluation of the water supply intervention studied by the Uvira trial in DRC.

3. Hand hygiene. I am currently working on hand hygiene cost modelling. I am also undertaking a systematic review of the impact of handwashing on acute respiratory infections, and a systematic review of the cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of handwashing interventions.

Research Area
Hygiene
Sanitation
Water
Discipline
Health economics
Economics

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
2021
Social Science & Medicine
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
2020
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
2020
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH
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
2019
Environmental science & technology
First a basic service for all – reducing WASH inequalities through more equitable funding and financing strategies
Ross I; Franceys R
2018
Equality in Water and Sanitation Services
Diagnostics for assessing city-wide sanitation services
Scott RE; Ross I; Hawkins P; Blackett I; Smith MD
2018
Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development
Estimating Infection Risks and the Global Burden of Diarrheal Disease Attributable to Intermittent Water Supply Using QMRA.
Bivins AW; Sumner T; Kumpel E; Howard G; Cumming O; Ross I; Nelson K; Brown J
2017
Environmental science & technology
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