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: wastewater treatment, water reuse technologies, conservation (nature based solutions) and has enormous interests in emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment, having spent time in both marine and freshwater environments for long term conservation monitoring programmes and specialising in emerging contaminants in rivers as part of her MSc thesis using chemistry and analytical techniques.

She 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 Option Co-convenor, module leader for Water Systems and Technology module, where she support's Option students, teaches, supervises and supports partnership students on a 16 month industry placement with Anglian Water and participation in MSc committee meetings.

Prior to this, Chetna worked as a Research Technician in the Department of Life Sciences for a EPSRC multidisciplinary project, specialising in the biochemistry and mycology of cellulases in the presence of ionic liquids for second generation biofuels for over three years. 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 incredibly important to Chetna and she sits on the department's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion subcommittee.