The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


WaterAid SDG's

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Synergies between sanitation and all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals


Cross-sectoral benefits of action in sanitation: Co-producing policy to guide outcomes in the Sanitation sector and beyond

Set up as a joint initiative between University College London (UCL) Engineering for International Development (EFID) and WaterAid, the Cross-sectoral benefits of action in sanitation project aims to translate academic knowledge on the synergies between sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals into a series policy outputs. Toward achieving equitable sanitation for all (SDG 6), the project aims to build on the ‘global mapping’ research already completed by UCL by co-developing a set of policy guidelines for achieving a range of cross-sectoral benefits in practice. A core focus of this research includes demonstrating the role sanitation plays in achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals, where it can offer a range of benefits for policymakers and users alike. The research team is constituted by a core group of interdisciplinary UCL academics working in engineering, planning, health, and the environment, WaterAid managers involved in sanitation and programme management, and a wider group of WaterAid partners.


Funder Details

WaterAid Africa and WaterAid UK

Core Research Team


Ada OkoWilliams, Senior WASH Manager ‑ Sanitation, WaterAid 
Dedo W. Mate-Kodjo, Pan Africa Programme Manager, WaterAid 


  • Dr Priti Parikh, Associate Professor, The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction 
  • Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, Professor of Integrated Community Child Health, Population, Policy and Practice Department, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Professor Yacob Mulugetta, Professor of Energy and Development Policy, STEaPP 
  • Dr Pascale Hofmann, Associate Professor in Environmental and Sustainable Development, Development Planning Unit 
  • Dr Luiza Campos, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environment and Geomatic Engineering 
  • Dr Ine Steenmans, Lecturer in Futures, Analysis and Policy, STEaPP 
  • Dr Julia Tomei, Lecturer in Energy, Resources and Development, Bartlett School Environment, Energy and Resources 
  • Dr Kerry Bobbins, Research Fellow, The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction 
  • Dr Loan Diep, EfID Alumni, Department of Civil, Environment and Geomatic Engineering