Core team

The REACH programme is led by Oxford University and brings together a consortium of global leaders in water science, policy and practice.

Oxford University research team

The research team at Oxford University draws on interdisciplinary expertise from the Oxford Water Network with researchers from the following departments:

  • School of Geography and the Environment, including the Environmental Change Institute and the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Department of Engineering Science, including the Institute of Biomedical Engineering
  • Oxford Department of International Development
  • School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (Institute for Science, Innovation and Society)
  • Department of Zoology

Programme management team

The programme management team in Oxford (see below) oversees the direction, delivery and day-to-day running of the programme:

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International partners

UNICEF is our global practitioner partner. UNICEF has over 100 offices worldwide and a global mandate to improve water supply, sanitation and hygiene for the poor, particularly women and children.

Our global partnership also includes: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Water Association (IWA), Skat Foundation hosting the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN), and IRC.

Country partners

Our research is a collaboration with expert national research institutions in Africa and South Asia:

Prof Rob Hope

Programme Director

Prof Katrina Charles

Programme Co-Director

Gian Melloni

Programme Manager

Wei Francis

Deputy Programme Manager

UNICEF visit website

Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) visit website

Water and Land Resource Centre (WLRC) visit website

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) visit website

University of Dhaka visit website

International Water Association (IWA) visit website

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) visit website

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b) visit website

University of Nairobi visit website

Addis Ababa University visit website

Oxford University visit website

Funded by

UK Aid

Dr Rob Hope, Programme Director

'We’re developing a risk-based framework for policy-makers to assess water security risks at global, national and individual household scales.'

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