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.

I’ve worked in WASH for about 12 years, and am currently 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 trial of a WSUP intervention in Maputo, Mozambique. Approximately half of my PhD is about developing a measure of ‘Sanitation-related Quality of Life’ (SanQoL) – a post about that is here.

I sit in the health economics part of LSHTM – the Centre for Health Economics in London. However, I am also part of the environmental health group. Before joining LSHTM, I established and grew a six-strong water team at Oxford Policy Management, leading £5 million 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). You can email me via the contact section on the right of this page.