Sonia Ferdous Hoque is an environmental social scientist, currently working as a Senior Research Associate in Water Security and Society for the REACH programme. She co-leads the Research Design and Skills module of the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management at SoGE. Her research focuses on the environmental, financial, institutional and social risks to rural water service delivery in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Kenya, with particular interests in exploring the socio-spatial inequalities in household water use behaviour.

Her PhD research at the University of Leeds (2016) explored the differential livelihood adaptation to social-ecological change in coastal Bangladesh. She has an MSc in Environmental Management (2011) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a BSc in Environmental Science (2009) from North South University, Dhaka. Sonia received the Shell Gold Medal and Prize and the Chancellor's Gold Medal for being the most outstanding student of her masters and bachelors cohort respectively.

Prior to joining her PhD program, Sonia worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of Water Policy (IWP), NUS (2011 - 2013), where her research focused on the roles of private and public sector in urban water governance and water tariffs in urban domestic and non-domestic sectors. She also served as a Research Officer at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) (2009-2010), where she was involved in research on climate change adaptation in Bangladesh.

Research Grant

Principal Investigator. Piloting an Affordability methodology in coastal Bangladesh. Research England Internal Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) (£45k), University of Oxford, UK, Aug 2019 - Dec 2020.


Watch Sonia speak about her 2019 paper, 'A social-ecological analysis of drinking water risks in coastal Bangladesh'.

Watch Sonia discuss her water diary study in Bangladesh, which examined the affordability of drinking water services for 120 households.

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