Ian Ross

Hi! I’m Ian, a health 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 research and policy for about 14 years, and am currently based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

I am in the Environmental Health Group but also sit in Centre for Health Economics in London at LSHTM, where I recently completed my PhD (the first paper is published here).

Before joining LSHTM, I established and grew a six-strong water team at Oxford Policy Management (2012-2017), leading £5 million of WASH consulting projects for the World Bank, DFID and UNICEF. Prior to that, I was in WaterAid’s policy team (2007-2011) 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 services, as well as each of water, sanitation and hygiene. My skills and experience are in:

  • WASH economics, including costing, cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, quality of life measurement, preference elicitation, and 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 incentives and influence

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.