Water Engineering and Development Centre

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

WASH for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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Our water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) theme is focused on low- and middle-income countries. We are dedicated to providing evidence-based answers to the challenges that face the sector, not only relating to actions that need to be carried out to improve the health and well-being of communities, but also how to implement such actions. 


Specifically we work to develop the underlying analysis of evidence to influence policy and practice. We work with many development sector partners around the world to enhance our collective impact. This is evident from the annual WEDC conference and WEDC’s example of Research Impact submitted to REF2014.

We have wide ranging experience with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches and the key elements of sustainability including: functionality, institutional, financial, environmental and equity aspects. Evidence of the depth and breadth of WEDC's experience in water, sanitation and hygiene is shown in the links to project summaries under our main project themes and types of projects.

Recent Research Highlights

  • Lighting for safer sanitation - project
  • Achieving both sustained piped water service expansion
  • How to incentivise more sustainable rural water, sanitation and hygiene outcomes
  • Faecal waste flow diagrams: Is human excreta safely managed?
  • The Loughborough Toilet

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Education and Training

Our research underpins our other activities including our education and training programmes. We offer a range of flexible opportunities at postgraduate level. Students can come to WEDC to study, or study at home by distance learning.

MSc Programmes

Our postgraduate programmes can also be studied at Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate levels.

Professional Development 

Study one or more postgraduate modules.

Postgraduate Research


We are delighted to be working with Leeds and Cranfield Universities on WATER-WISER, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Water and Waste Infrastructure Systems Engineered for Resilience. 50 funded studentships are available over the next 5 years for UK and EU students.

Publications and Resources

Recent publications

 All publications and resources from WEDC are available in print or to download free of charge. 

International Conferences 

The WEDC International Conference is a comprehensive and interactive learning event, which provides continued professional development for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector professionals.



My WEDC is the gateway to managing the download of resources, and your participation in our events such as our international conferences.