Patrick Thomson is Lead Researcher for the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment's Water Programme. Patrick's research focuses on the use of technology and improved data to drive institutional change and improved public health in the rural water sector.
Patrick invented and developed the first 'Smart Handpump' and leads the continuing technical evolution and operational implementation of the Smart Handpumps research. The research has featured in international media including BBC television, radio and online. The Guardian identified Smart Handpumps as one of the 12 development innovations of 2012 and it was one of 13 projects chosen by the seven UK Research Councils to be highlighted as ground-breaking and innovative research at the RCUK's first 'Research, Innovate, Grow' showcase event in 2015. Patrick's work has been funded by the UK research councils (ESRC and NERC), DFID, UNICEF, the John Fell Fund and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.
Prior to studying for an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford in 2010, Patrick worked in international development for over five years, living variously in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Caucasus region. He is a Chartered Engineer with an MEng in Engineering, Economics and Management from the University of Oxford.
- Gro for GooD: Groundwater Risk Management for Growth and Development - NERC/ESRC/DFID (2015-19)
- Insuring against rural water risk in Africa - ESRC/DFID (2013-15)
- Groundwater Risks and Institutional Responses for Poverty Reduction in Africa - NERC/ESRC/DFID (2013-14)
- Does Intermittent Quality of Water Supply due to Broken Handpumps influence Diarrhoeal Disease Incidence in Rural Kenya? - Skoll Foundation (2013-15)
- New Mobile Citizens and Waterpoint Sustainability in Rural Africa - ESRC (2012-15)
- Pump-priming Mobile Water Science for Global Development Impacts - John Fell Fund (2012-14)
- Smart Water Systems - DFID (2010-13)
Patrick teaches on the department's MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management and co-supervises DPhil candidates in Engineering with colleagues at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
- Nowicki, S., Lapworth, D.J., Ward, J.S.T., Thomson, P. and Charles, K. (forthcoming, 2019) Tryptophan-like fluorescence as a measure of microbial contamination risk in groundwater. Science of The Total Environment, 646: 782-791.
- Foster, T., Willetts, J., Lane, M., Thomson, P., Katuva, J. and Hope, R. (2018) Risk factors associated with rural water supply failure: A 30-year retrospective study of handpumps on the south coast of Kenya. Science of The Total Environment, 626: 156-164.
- Koehler, J., Rayner, S., Katuva, J., Thomson, P. and Hope, R. (2018) A cultural theory of drinking water risks, values and institutional change. Global Environmental Change, 50: 268-277.
- Colchester, F.E., Marais, H.G., Thomson, P., Hope, R. and Clifton, D.A. (2017) Accidental infrastructure for groundwater monitoring in Africa. Environmental Modelling and Software, 91: 241-250.
- Koehler, J., Thomson, P. and Hope, R. (2016) Mobilizing Payments for Water Service Sustainability. Chap. 6 in, Thomas, E.A. (ed.) Broken Pumps and Promises: Incentivizing Impact in Environmental Health. Springer International Publishing. pp. 57-76. ISBN: 978-3-319-28641-9.
- Thomson, P. and Koehler, J. (2016) Performance-oriented Monitoring for the Water SDG – Challenges, Tensions and Opportunities. Aquatic Procedia, 6: 87-95.
- Koehler, J., Thomson, P. and Hope, R. (2015) Pump-priming payments for sustainable water services in rural Africa. World Development, 74: 397-411.
- Colchester, F.E., Greeff, H., Thomson, P., Hope, R. and Clifton, D.A. (2014) Smart Handpumps: A Preliminary Data Analysis. IET Appropriate Healthcare Technologies (AHT), London.. 1-4.
- Hope, R., Foster, T. and Thomson, P. (2012) Reducing risks to rural water security in Africa. Ambio, 41(7): 773-776.
- Thomson, P., Hope, R. and Foster, T. (2012) GSM-enabled remote monitoring of rural handpumps: a proof-of-concept study. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 14(4): 829-839.
- Thomson, P., Hope, R. and Foster, T. (2012) Is silence golden? Of mobiles, monitoring and rural water supplies. Waterlines, 31(4): 280-292.