Academic Profile

Professor Rob Hope is Director of the Water Security Initiative at the School of Geography and the Environment and Director of the Water Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. His research interests focus on water policy, poverty and economics, largely in Africa and Asia.

He is Director of the REACH programme, a member of ESRC's International Development Expert Group for the Global Challenges Research Programme, and a member of an expert consultative group on global monitoring and WASH affordability convened by UNICEF and the WHO.

In 2018, he was part of a research team with Engineering Science which won the inaugural University of Oxford's Vice Chancellor's Innovation Award for the 'smart handpumps' project.

He is the Academic Director for the MSc Water Science, Policy and Management (2020-present), formerly Course Director (2006-13), and supervises a group of outstanding DPhil/PhD students. He is a Trustee of Water Services Maintenance Trust Fund in Kenya and the Uptime Water Facility.

Graduate Research Students

Caroline King
Oasis ecosystems, global change and human development in north Africa (co-supervisor, Prof D. Thomas, SoGE)2008-12
Alvar ClosasBurning water: institutions, technology, statecraft and the production of water scarcity Spain2009-13
Alexandra Girard
Women, Water and Work in Rural India2009-14
Aaron Krolikowski
Wireless Water - impacts and implications of mobile water payment innovations in Dar Es Salaam2011-14
Alex MoneyCorporate water risk and return (co-supervisor, Prof G.L. Clark, SSEE)2010-2014
Tim Foster
From cash flows to water flows - new models for rural water sustainability in Africa2012-2016
Johanna Koehler
Water Risks and Institutional Change in Kenya2014-2018
Jacob Katuva
Water and Welfare in Coastal Kenya2014-2020
Heloise Greeff
Condition monitoring methods to predict handpump failure in rural Africa (Lead supervisor - Prof Clifton, EngSci)2015-2020
Alex FischerBuilding water secure institutions in rural Bangladesh2015-2019
Ranu Sinha
(OIC, Somerville)
Irrigation infrastructure, institutions and poverty in India (co-supervisor - Prof Dadson, SoGE)2015-2020
Rebecca Peters
(Marshall & REACH)
Normalized non-compliance - regulation of river pollution in Dhaka, Bangladesh2017-present
Andrew ArmstrongFinancing rural piped water2019-present
Johannes Wagner
Rural Water Finance2020- present

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