Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Postgraduate







Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Citizen Science For Assessing The Causes, Characteristics And Costs Of Water Supply Intermittency In Developing Countries.

Water intermittency is a widespread affliction in many low-income countries, impacting the lives of over 300 million people. Cities in the developing world may provide piped water supply to the home, but this is not synonymous to having access to continuous, reliable or safe water. The most obvious consequences of inadequate access to safe water supply are the direct impacts on health and hygiene. Less obvious are the economic impacts on households that are forced to invest in coping mechanisms in order to manage the intermittency and avoid contracting diseases through water ingestion, for example by installing storage tanks or boiling water for consumption. Despite this, water management policies often do not address intermittency, primarily due to poor data management and corruption. This in turn makes it difficult to assess the situation, and make informed decisions concerning the water supply.

In answer to this, the research will use citizen science data to assess the causes, characteristics and costs of intermittent water supplies under electricity and water scarcity. Different strategies using renewable energies will be proposed to address the intermittency. Thanks to this the PhD will be able to go on to propose new policy interventions to alleviate the impacts on households, facilitate the use of renewable energies to intervene in the system, and generally better manage the water supply.

Laure graduated from Imperial College London with an MEng in Civil Engineering and went on to join the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Civil Engineering at Imperial as a PhD student in 2014.