Contact Dr Paul Hutchings

Areas of expertise

  • Human Factors
  • Water Science and Engineering


Dr Paul Hutchings is a social scientist that works at the interface of international development and public health, with a focus on the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services in the Global South. At Cranfield he is a research-active Lecturer in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Impact Evaluation and also leads the Water and Sanitation for Development MSc programme. He also currently serves as Co-Editor of the practitioner-focused publication - Waterlines: an International Journal of Water, Sanitation and Waste. He originally studied Geography and Development Studies at the University of Liverpool and completed his PhD on the community management of rural water infrastructure at Cranfield University. 

Current activities

Paul’s research cuts across the following two major themes

WASH, health and wellbeing

Paul is interested in understanding and measuring the relationship between WASH, health and wellbeing so to improve intervention design. This includes his leadership of the DFID-ESRC funded research project on water security and wellbeing among pastoralists in Ethiopia (WEEP) and on-going collaborative research on the links between WASH and child health in Ethiopia. Through this research theme, Paul hopes to provide an evidence base for the development and testing of new WASH and integrated development interventions that are more likely to lead to sustained health and wellbeing outcomes.

WASH, institutions and governance

Understanding the functioning of water institutions is another important part of Paul’s work. Through the Australian Aid supported Community Water Plus project (2013-2016), he tried to better understand the institutional and financing mechanisms needed to support sustainable community management in India. He continues to be interested in the relationship between government and communities within service delivery systems, and is currently Principle Investigator on an ESRC project working to develop more integrated planning frameworks for urban and rural sanitation in India.

Paul is interested to hear from prospective research students, clients and collaborators that are interested in working with him on these or related topics. 


PI - Rurality as a Vehicle for Urban Sanitation Transformation. ICSSR-ESRC Programme for Collaborative Research on Urban Transformations in India (ES/R006865/1). 2018-2020. 

PI - Water-security in Ethiopia and the Emotional response of Pastoralists (WEEP). ESRC-DFID Development Frontiers (ES/R001049/1). 2017-2019. 

PI (internal) - Circular Economy in Brazil, South Africa and UK. Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grants. UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). (2018-2019). 

Involvement with broader projects funded by: EPSRC, European Commission, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Government of Australia – Australian Aid).


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Adams RJ, Barrington D, Collins M, Hutchings P, Ihasz O, Kolios A, McAdam E, Moreno M, Parker A, Tyrrel S, Vyakarnam, S & Williams L. (2018) A Scoping Review of Business Model Configurations for Diffusing High-Tech Innovations at the Bottom of the Pyramid. In: BAM2018 Conference, University of the West of England, 4-6 September 2018.


  • Hutchings P, Franceys F, Smits S & Mekala S (2017) Community management of rural water supply: case studies of success from India. London: Earthscan from Routledge (T&F Group).
  • Franceys R, Hutchings & P (2017) Governance and regulation of water and sanitation services provision. In: Routledge Handbook of Water Policy and Law. Rieu-Clarke A, Allan A, Hendry S (ed.), Routledge, p. 120-134.