Ian Ross

Hi! I’m Ian, a development economist specialising in the economics and financing of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. I run the WASHeconomics.com blog.

After 10 years in WASH consulting, research and advocacy, I’m now undertaking a PhD in economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). I research the costs and cost-effectiveness of urban sanitation, with a focus on an ongoing controlled trial of a WSUP intervention in Maputo, Mozambique. A blog about my PhD topic is here. I sit in the health economics part of LSHTM but with close ties to the environmental health group.

Before joining LSHTM, I established and grew a six-strong water team at Oxford Policy Management, leading £5 million worth of WASH consulting projects for clients including the World Bank, DFID and UNICEF. Prior to that, I was in WaterAid’s policy team working on a variety of research and advocacy, including a secondment to Timor-Leste.

My work has taken me to 14 countries across Africa and Asia, touching on both urban and rural, as well as both water and sanitation. Most recently, however, I’ve focused on urban sanitation and rural water supply. Key skills and experience are:

  • WASH economics, including cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, value for money analysis, assessing market failures in service delivery
  • WASH funding and financing, including tracking financial flows, assessment of equity in funding allocations
  • Political economy, including institutional analysis, assessment of stakeholder influence
  • Monitoring and evaluation, including survey design and implementation, analysis of sector performance data and systems, process evaluation

You can find me on LinkedIn here (but please note that I only accept requests from people I know).