Contact Claire Grisaffi

Areas of expertise

  • Water Science and Engineering


Claire Grisaffi is a chartered civil engineer and has worked in water and sanitation for 20 years. Claire spent several years working for engineering consultancies before moving into the development sector in 2008 and has since worked as a water and sanitation specialist and programme manager for the Red Cross, World Bank and INGOs. Most recently Claire worked for Water &Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) as a Programme Director for Madagascar and Zambia and then the Head of Global Programmes, working to manage WSUP's projects with teams around the world.

Research opportunities

Claire's research interests in urban sanitation stem directly from her experience working with WSUP and focus on addressing knowledge gaps for improved faecal sludge management as part of reaching Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS).

The proposed research focus is an in-depth study of utilities and sanitation workers providing services in low-income urban areas. The aim is to understand the effectiveness of current regulation for non-sewered sanitation and the environmental, social and economic factors that prevent or incentivise compliance. The research would analyse how these initiatives could be scaled-up and contribute to broader CWIS debates.

Current activities

Claire is doing her PhD in the Cranfield Water Science Institute as part of the WaterWISER CDT.


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