Julie Fisher

Dr Julie Fisher


  • University Teacher in International Water and Sanitation Engineering
  • Programme Director for Distance Learning

I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School's programmes including:


  • Leader of Sustainable Development Project module

  • Contribute to Civil Engineering for Developing Countries

  • Professional Skills module

  • Diploma of Industrial Studies visits

  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests

  • Undergraduate personal tutor


  • Distance Learning Programme Director 

  • Research Dissertion module leader (Distance Learning)

  • Data Collection, Analysis and Research module leader (Distance Learning)

  • Contributing to Research Methods module 

  • Contributing to Management of Water and Environmental Sanitation Services module

  • Contributing to Household and Communal Sanitation Management module

  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests (Loughborough-based and distance learning)

  • Postgraduate personal tutor

Recent publications

  • Bowan, P.A., Kayaga, S. and Fisher, J., 2019. A baseline scenario of municipal solid waste management. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, [in press].
  • Bowan, P.A., Kayaga, S., Cotton, A. and Fisher, J., 2019. Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Operational Performance in Wa Municipality, Ghana, Journal of Health and Pollution 9 (23): 190903
  • Bhakta, A., Fisher, J. and Reed, B.J., 2019. Unveiling hidden knowledge: discovering the hygiene needs of perimenopausal women. International Development Planning Review 41(2): 149-171
  • Bhakta, A., Reed, B.J. & Fisher, J., 2019. Behind closed doors: the hidden needs of     perimenopausal women in Ghana. In Reproductive Geographies: Politics, Places, and Bodies. Oxford; Routledge. 
  • Oxfam International and WEDC, 2018. Shining a light: How lighting in or around sanitation facilities affects the risks of gender-based violence in camps. Oxford: Oxfam GB
  • Boyce, P., De La Brosse, N., Brown, S., Chisenga, B., Dash, M., Dasgupta, R.K., Dhall, P., Fisher, J., Hueso, A. Patkar, A., Nath, P., Snel, M., Thapa, K., 2018. Transgender inclusive sanitation – insights from South Asia. Waterlines 37(2):102-117 
  • Fisher, J., Cavill, S. and Reed, B.J., 2017. Mainstreaming gender in the WASH sector: dilution or distillation? Gender and Development 25 (2): 185-204

Recently completed projects

  • Oxfam/WEDC Shining a Light: How lighting in or around sanitation facilities affects the risk of gender-based violence in camps


Qualified in both Social and Information Sciences, I have over 20 years experience in teaching and research the water,sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in low- and middle-income countries. I have played a key role in knowledge management at WEDC for the past 20 years, leading on all aspects of communication and research dissemination in the international WASH sector. My other specialisms are equity, diversity and inclusion for water, sanitation and hygiene, leading on research on menstrual and peri-menopausal hygiene management. I have particular skills in qualitative research methods, and have led modules on this for both taught and distance learning portgraduate students.  I have published over 90 publications and supervised eight PhD students in the areas of waste management, peri-monepausal hygiene management, CLTS in pastoral communities, water services regulation, Islamic Faith-Based Organisations and WASH, and school WASH. I am currently Chair of the School Wellbeing Committee and School Athena SWAN Charter Champion.


  • ICE Safety in Construction Medal for Fisher, J. (2008) Women in water supply, sanitation and hygiene programmes, Municipal Engineer, 161 (ME4), 223-229.

External activities

  • Editorial Panel member - Institute of Civil Engineers Municipal Engineer Journal (2015 to present)
  • Waterlines Journal Editorial Advisory Board member (2004 - present)