Dr Ian Ross
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.
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.
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.