MSc by Research Social and economic aspects of water treatment in India

Application deadline: 31st May 2014

Eligibility: UK, EU, International

Duration of award: 1 years

Ref: CRAN1011


Dr. ?Alison Parker ? Lecturer in International Water and Sanitation

Professor Paul Jeffrey ?? Professor of Water Management

Peter Cruddas ? Research Fellow in Energy Processes

Sponsored by the EU, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to ?14,000 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for one year

In India, over 90 million people still lack access to improved drinking water sources.?? New technologies are frequently being proposed to fill this gap, including solar powered membrane filtration.?? However, in order for these technologies to function effectively and provide clean water to those in need, community requirements and contexts need to be better understood. In particular, deeper engagement with the nature and influence of cultural, social and economic constraints on the adoption and use of candidate technological solutions can generate improved design, functionality, and sustainability of technological interventions.

Working as part of an EC funded project, this MSc by Research will explore how social and economic imperatives shape the ability of communities to take advantage of technological solutions to improved drinking water. This will be achieved through a series of water resource assessments, stakeholder mapping and willingness to pay surveys undertaken in collaboration with other project partners. The results of will be used to develop recommendations for the rest of the consortium for technology design and scale up.

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Overall the research will generate new knowledge about how communities can make best use of technology based water supply interventions to deliver health, economic and quality of life benefits, particularly in the Indian context.?

Entry requirements:

The successful applicant will have a background in a social science at Bachelor?s level, minimum award 2:1, with relevant work experience.?However, an understanding of technical issues and an ability to communicate across disciplines and cultures will also be necessary.?A desire to work in the development sector is essential and previous experience is preferable. The successful applicant will be well organised and capable of working independently.

Anticipated project start date June/July 2014


* To be eligible for this funding applicants must be a UK or EU national. Non-EU students may have to contribute to the difference between EU and international tuition fees.

How to apply:

For further information please contact: Peter Cruddas, E:, T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 3336

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form

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