Richard Dewhurst

BEng (Hons) MSc

  • Doctoral Researcher

Research and expertise

I am an experienced project manager from a civil engineering background with a passionate desire to utilise my knowledge and expertise to alleviate poverty and suffering in low- and middle-income countries through improvements in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH).

Current research activity 

  • Maximising the Efficiency and Effectiveness of International Development WASH Infrastructure Project Procurement
  • Identifying sanitation hazards to support a risk-based approach to prioritise interventions

Recently completed research projects

  • Evaluating the viability of container-based sanitation in low-income settlements

Recent publications


My early career was spent in project management roles working for major contractors, clients and subcontractors in the UK construction sector focussing on water-related infrastructure and civil engineering projects. More recently, and following my MSc in Water and Waste Engineering at the Water Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, my focus has turned to the improvement of water and sanitation infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries.

I am now a PhD researcher focussing on the delivery of international development Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure projects to identify how the efficiency of the delivery and the effectiveness of the solutions can be maximised to ensure ultimate project success.