EPSRC GCRF Institutional Award: Sensors for clean water - A participatory approach to technology innovation

Project: Research project (funded)Internal pump-priming

Project Details

Layman's description

Diarrhoeal diseases result in approximately 1.8 million deaths each year worldwide, in many cases due to a lack of access to clean water. This proposal will take an innovative approach to the development of water monitoring technology in which we will collaborate with communities most affected by the lack of clean water, to co-design, test and validate technology that meets their needs, skills and environment and that engages with community institutions and social structure.

Key findings

We have established strong and productive relationships with Oxfam in Vanuatu (OiV), the community of Epau on the island of Efate, Vanuatu and representatives from the government of Vanuatu. Supported by OiV, we completed two workshops in Epau where we were able to explore the challenges facing the community in terms of access to clean water and to begin the process of defining attributes of appropriate water monitoring technology. These preliminary workshops provided critical information and understanding to support our successful EPSRC proposal (detailed below). We held a multi-stakeholder workshop in Port Vila attended by representatives from the Epau community, local NGOs and government representatives from the departments of health and natural resources. This provided the community with the opportunity to present their perspective on water access to government and NGOs.
Effective start/end date1/10/1631/03/17