UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Prof Priti Parikh

Prof Priti Parikh

Professor of Infrastructure Engineering and International Development

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
3rd Sep 2012

Research summary

Dr. Parikh has been awarded a prestigious five year Senior Research fellowship co-funded by industry (BBOXX) and Royal Academy of Engineering. The fellowship titled Smart Solar Solutions for all (S34ALL) will focus on smart solar solutions for resource challenged communities combining machine learning based models with consumer surveys.

Dr. Parikh has expertise in infrastructure (water, sanitation and energy) for resource constrained settings such as slums and rural communities in Africa and Asia. She is also leading research on developing evidence base to link SDG's and infrastructure. 

She was Co-Investigator on the PANChSHEEEL project funded by MRC/GCRF which is looking at integrated health, education, engineering and environmental interventions to improve feeding practices for infants in India. She is Co-Investigator on the IsuLabantu project funded by ESRC/NRF which looks at self upgrading participatory processes for informal settlements in South Africa. She is also Co-Investigator on the Resilient Schools project in Indonesia where she is exploring WASH solutions for building resilient schools post disaster. 

Teaching summary

Systems, Society and Sustainability

Developed a new module: Engineering and International Development

Project Supervisor for Collaborative Projects and range of MSc projects with international research scope and collaborations

Founder: MSc in Engineering for International Development


Institute of Education
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education | 2014
University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctorat | 2008
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2005
Not stated
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Diploma | 1997
University of Gujarat
First Degree, Bachelor of Engineering | 1994


 Dr. Parikh won the Provost Education Award in 2018 for her contribution to engineering education particularly for engineering and international development. Dr. Parikh set up the MSc in Engineering for International Development with a view of equipping engineering with the skill sets required to address global challenges and provide appropriate infrastructure solutions in resource challenged settings in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. She also set up and now leads the Engineering for International Development Research Centre (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/construction/research/engineering-international-development-centre).

She has substantial industry experience in India and also a research based in infrastructure planning for cities to cover the areas of financial planning, institutional frameworks and societal impact.  She has substantial in-country experience in South Asia, Africa and UK working with local governments and slum communities and has led multi- sectoral projects at both city and community scale. She is Chair of the Editorial Panel for ICE's Engineering Sustainability Journal and was invited to join the board of Trustees for Happold Foundation and Engineer's Against Poverty. In 2019, she was recognised as an Engineers Without Borders Changemaker.