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Spatial analysis of household surveys for assessing sustainable access to safe water and sanitation

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Project Description

The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals have placed growing demands on international monitoring of access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Not only are the indicators used to measure access becoming more complex, but there is also growing recognition of sustainability and the environmental component of water access. Alongside this, the nature of water access globally has changed since the 1990 base year for the Millennium Development Goals, with access to piped water becoming more widespread, but also greater use of packaged waters too.

The aim of this project is to explore novel ways of planning for and analysing household survey data, so as to better measure water and sanitation access and assess its environmental impacts. Methodologically, the project aims to draw on existing secondary data sets, particularly nationally representative household survey data across a range of low and middle income countries. Drawing on household survey data from a range of low and middle income countries, the project will look at ways that existing spatial environmental information can be incorporated into survey design, particularly in planning water quality surveys. The project will also explore novel ways of using household surveys to examine patterns of packaged water consumption.

Finally, the project will look at some of the analytical challenges presented as service access indicators move away from a binary classification of water and sanitation technologies into either ‘improved’ or ‘unimproved’ and towards more sophisticated measures that differentiate gradations of access within these two categories of service. This inter-disciplinary project provides an opportunity for a successful candidate to develop skills in survey data analysis, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and spatial analysis.
In so doing, particularly in exploring these first two areas, the project will explore the interplay between providing access to safe water and environmental quality.

For further details regarding this project, please contact the named supervisor above (see http://www.southampton.ac.uk/geography/about/staff/jaw3.page) or the Pathway Coordinator for this project, Dr. Marije Schaafsma (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/geography/about/staff/ms25g14.page) .

The Southampton ESRC-DTC application form can be found on the Soton ESRC-DTC website. www.southampton.ac.uk/esrcdtc
Applicants must also have completed a University of Southampton online application form for the appropriate PhD Programme prior to the submission of the DTC Studentship application form.

Funding Notes

Studentships awarded by the Southampton ESRC-DTC cover programme fees and an annual Standard Maintenance Grant.
Enhanced awards of an additional £3000 are available to those undertaking Advanced Quantitative Methods as part of their research project.
The Southampton ESRC-DTC studentships also provide access to Research Training Support Grants, funding for Overseas Fieldwork, and additional funding awards for Overseas Institutional Visits, and Internships.
EU and International students must be undertaking Advanced Quantitative Methods as part of their research project to be eligible for funding.

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