Kevin Sansom

Kevin Sansom

BSc MSc Manchester CEng MICE

  • Lecturer in International Water and Sanitation Management

Research and expertise

I have substantial research experience  and expertise in the management of water and sanitation in Africa and Asia, for both the urban and rural sectors. This has been supported by a succession of funded research projects, in collaboration with others. I have considerable experience in the development, monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation projects, particularly in terms of achieving sustainable outcomes. Other key strands of my work include institutional reform, water utilities management and sector performance monitoring programmes, Public Private Partnerships and regulation, as well as research on government relations with NGOs and the private sector.

Current research activity 

  • DFID rural WASH results project in South Asia (phase II) – working as a senior M&E and sustainability advisor with Plan International, WaterAid, sanitation, hygiene and water programme from 2017 to 2020. The work includes action research, CLTS and governance and enabling environment issues.

Recently completed research projects 

  • RurbanAfrica – Africa Rural–City Connections An EU funded urban research project in Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda and Tanzania. A Co-Investigator supporting the research of the access and acceptability of urban services in 2 cities in each country, focusing particularly on the governance implications. (2012 – 15)
  • DFID rural WASH results project in South Asia (phase I) – working as a senior M&E and sustainability advisor with Plan International, WaterAid, Unilever and WSUP on a £25 million sanitation, hygiene and water programme from 2014 to 2018. The work includes action research, CLTS, governance and enabling environment issues

Recent publications

Kayaga, S, Sansom, K, Godfrey, AO, Takahashi, I, Van Rooijen, DJ (2018) Towards sustainable urban water services in developing countries: Tariffs based on willingness-to-pay studiesUrban Water Journal, 15(10), pp.974-984, ISSN: 1573-062X. DOI: 10.1080/1573062X.2019.1581234.

Sansom, K, Hirst, D, Kayaga, S (2017) International water targets and national realities in Sub-Saharan Africa: the case of UgandaContemporary Social Science, 13(1), pp.1-13, ISSN: 2158-2041. DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2017.1393557.

Mazeau, AP, Reed, R, Sansom, K, Scott, R (2014) Emerging categories of urban shared sanitationWater and Environment Journal, 28(4), pp.592-608, ISSN: 1747-6585. DOI: 10.1111/wej.12075.

Teaching

I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the Schools programmes including:

Undergraduate

Lecturer and module tutor on the final year UG module on Civil Engineering for Developing Countries.

Postgraduate

I am module tutor and lecturer on the following WEDC MSc modules for both our taught and distance learning programmes:

  • Management and Operation of Water Utilities
  • Urban Sanitation Management

I am lecturer on the following WEDC MSc modules for both our taught and distance learning programmes:

  • Management of Village Water Services
  • Management of Water and Environmental Sanitation Services

I also supervise both MSc dissertations and PhD theses and I have contributed extensively in revising and developing new MSc programmes.

Enterprise

Current projects 

DFID UKAID Direct fund project reviews – Coordinating the WASH sector project proposals and progress reviews undertaken by WEDC on WASH related projects, plus strategic advice to the main partner MannionDaniels from 2015 to 2021.

Consultancies

  • Malawi rural district WASH programme evaluation for WaterAid as team leader, reviewing performance in Salima District over 10 years using the OEDC DAC methodology (2013).
  • Sierra Leone urban water utility reforms advisor working on the development and reform of SALWACO, the water utility in 3 of the 4 provinces. Working with regional consultants, the main clients were the African Development Bank and the utility. The tasks included having a leading role in capacity development workshops and developing institutional reforms proposals appropriate for emerging local priorities (2013).
  • Operational review and institutional assessment of the African Water Facility -  Institutional and socio-economic consultant for the client the African Development Bank. This work was done together with Hydroconseil. Project visits were undertaken in a number of countries including Uganda, Ethiopia and Tunisia (2009 – 10).
  • Call down advisory work for DFID - Leading a number of short term assignments for DFID including a) discussion papers on decentralisation in federal states and scaling up or working at scale in water and sanitation, b) a detailed review of the proposed Sector Wide Approach for the Tanzania water and sanitation sector. (2006-07).
  • Integrated rural water, sanitation and hygiene programme in Western China  - Team leader, institutional specialist and M&E for project preparation on a proposed $75 million,  supported by DFID, World Bank and UNICEF (2005-06).

Profile

I am a lecturer and project manager in WEDC, and have been responsible for a substantial portfolio of strategic consultancy, research, and capacity development projects in the management of water and sanitation in Africa and Asia, for both the urban and rural sectors. I have had considerable experience in the development and evaluation of water and sanitation projects, funded by bilateral and international agencies. I also have extensive experience in recent years of working with NGOs. My recent evaluation projects include: being the lead M&E and sustainability assessment advisor on a £25 million South Asia rural WASH results project (phases I and II), a comprehensive review of the African Water Facility (AfDB) and its projects, an evaluation of the Mumbai slum sanitation programme for the World Bank, and a large Africa handpump market study for UNICEF. I also have extensive experience of working on institutional reform, water utilities management and sector performance monitoring programmes. I have had a strategic role on projects in more than 18 countries, including managing multi-disciplinary teams of technical, finance, social and human resource experts, over a period of 25 years, working with development agencies, governments and other stakeholders. He is a lecturer on post graduate modules focusing on water utilities management and the management of water and sanitation services and has co-authored many publications. 

Country experience: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Ethiopia, India, Tunisia, South Africa, Guyana, Nigeria, UK, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Professional affiliations

Member of the Insitution of Civil Engineers (C.Eng)

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • DFID (UKAID)
  • Plan International
  • WaterAid