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.
Rob is Director of the REACH programme, which is a £22m UK FCDO programme to improve water security for 10 million poor people between 2015-2024. His wider research has been funded by UKRI (ESRC, NERC), UNICEF, USAID, GIZ/BMZ and OECD.
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. Between 2018 and 2022, he has served as an expert member of the ESRC International Development Expert Group for the GBP1 billion Global Challenges Research Programme, and between 2019-2021 as member of the UNICEF/WHO/World Bank global working group for Measuring and Monitoring Drinking Water Affordability for SDG6.
Rob has served as both the Academic Director and the Course Director for the MSc Water Science, Policy and Management (WSPM). He teaches and supervises students on WSPM and the MSc on Sustainability, Enterprise and the Environment, and supervises a cohort of DPhil/PhD students.
Since 2016, Rob has been a Trustee of Water Services Maintenance Trust Fund in Kenya and, since 2020, a Trustee of the Uptime Catalyst Facility which has disbursed USD1 million for professional service providers providing reliable drinking water for 1.5 million people in 7 African countries.