Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Anglian Water Research Coordinator



+44 (0)20 7594 6180c.vaghela




301Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Chetna is the Anglian Water Research Coordinator (AWRC) and the Co-convenor of the Integrated Water Management Option (IWMO) (Environmental Technology MSc programme, Centre for Environmental Policy) at Imperial College London. Chetna works at the science and business and science and policy interface, 

Professional Interests

Chetna specialises in the UK water sector including: academic - industry partnerships, wastewater treatment, water reuse technologies, nature based solutions, systems thinking, and has enormous interests in emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment, having spent time in private and public environmental charities focused on both marine and freshwater environments for long term conservation monitoring programmes. Chetna also specialised in methodologies and emerging contaminants in rivers, as part of her MSc thesis using chemistry and analytical techniques. Chetna also has interests in overall environmental and conservation efforts, and for using science with environmental applications. 

Chetna manages the strategic research partnership between Anglian Water and Imperial College London. On a day to day basis she coordinates multi-disciplinary activities between departments/industry and national/international research institutes. Further she is responsible for generating innovative concepts and proposals, liaising with private and public sector funding agencies and facilitating the enduring alliance between Imperial College, Anglian Water and other organisations. 


Chetna is committed to postgraduate teaching and supporting students, reflected in her teaching responsibilities as a Water Management Option Co-convenor, module leader for Water Systems and Technology module and seminar leader where she support's students through teaching, supervision and administration. She also supports partnership students on a 16 month industry placement with Anglian Water and regularly participates in the departmental MSc committee meetings.

Prior to this, Chetna worked as a Research Technician in the Department of Life Sciences on a EPSRC multidisciplinary project, focused on research specialising in the biochemistry and mycology of cellulases in the presence of ionic liquids for second generation biofuels, for over three years. As well as training students and specialising in High Pressure Liquid Chromatography for a large research group. From this, Chetna valued the importance of multi-disciplinary and holistic collaborations to tackling some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges.

Chetna holds an MSc in Forensic Science and BSc (hons) in Biochemistry specialising in laboratory and field research.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across all levels is important to Chetna and she sits on the department's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee.