Dr Ian Ross
I am a health economist with 15 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.
My work focuses on economic evaluation of WASH interventions, especially measuring and valuing quality of life outcomes beyond infectious disease. For previous projects see my Google Scholar page. Current projects include:
- A discrete choice experiment in Maputo, Mozambique, to value the SanQoL index (background)
- Economic evaluation of an urban piped water intervention in Uvira, DR Congo (protocol)
- Systematic review of the impact of handwashing with soap on acute respiratory infections (protocol)
- Systematic review of economic evaluations of handwashing with soap (protocol)
- Studies of the costs, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of handwashing interventions, as part of a fellowship.
I am co-organising the WASH Economics Conference at LSHTM on 30-31st March 2023. I run the WASHeconomics.com blog, and am on the management committee of LSHTM’s Global Health Economics Centre. 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 secured a fully-funded (fees and stipend) PhD studentship for Sept 2023 entry focused on WASH benefit-cost analysis - more details will be on https://bloomsbury.ac.uk/ in due course - an accepted candidate from a low- or lower-middle income country would have top-up fees for international students waived.
I am actively looking for PhD students interested in WASH economics, ideally (but not necessarily) with an MSc in health and/or development economics. I am able to advise on possible funding sources and topics.
I have previously supervised three MSc students' dissertations, and have various ideas for students interested in WASH and/or economics, so please get in contact.
I lecture on the "WASH and Health" MSc module and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.