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 am a member of the Centre For Health Economics In London at LSHTM. After studying at Oxford and LSE, I received an MSc Development Economics from SOAS. I hold an ongoing ESRC PhD studentship at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), with research focused on cost-effectiveness of sanitation interventions. 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


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

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
First a basic service for all – reducing WASH inequalities through more equitable funding and financing strategies
Ross I; Franceys R
Equality in Water and Sanitation Services
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
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
Environmental science & technology
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