Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Anglian Water Research Coordinator



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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 interface, and the 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 and systems thinking. 

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 has enormous interests in holistic approaches for conservation and society.

With interests in applying scientific skills for conservation and environmental efforts, Chetna has professional experience in public and private environmental charities in London and abroad, focused on monitoring marine and freshwater conservation. Furthermore, as part of her MSc research in Forensic Science, Chetna specialised in applying forensic methods (chemistry and analytical - HPLC, GC,MS) for detecting NSAIDs and illicit drugs in Cambridgeshire rivers, following sewage treated effluent. 

Prior to this, Chetna worked as a Research Technician in the Department of Life Sciences on a EPSRC funded multidisciplinary project. Managing several research projects, her primary research focused on biofuels, where she specialised in the biochemistry and mycology of cellulases and the enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass in ionic liquids, for over three years. As well as her research projects, Chetna helped to maintain two laboratories, trained students and Post docs and implemented SOPs. Chetna also managed a High Pressure Liquid Chromatography analytical machine for a large research group. From this, Chetna valued the importance of multi-disciplinary (chemistry, chemical engineering and biochemistry) collaborations to tackling some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges.

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


Chetna is committed to postgraduate inclusive teaching and supporting students. This is reflected in her teaching responsibilities as an Integrated Water Management Option Co-convenor, module leader for Water Systems and Technology and seminar leader in Integrated Management Tools, where she support's students through teaching, learning, 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.

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



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