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.
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
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
- Cooper S, Hutchings P, Butterworth J, Joseph S, Kebede A, Parker A, Terefe B & Van Koppen B (2019) Environmental associated emotional distress and the dangers of climate change for pastoralist mental health, Global Environmental Change Part B, 59 (November) Article No. 101994. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.9332279
- Budge S, Hutchings P, Parker A, Tyrrel S, Tulu T, Gizaw M & Garbutt C (2019) Do domestic animals contribute to bacterial contamination of infant transmission pathways? Formative evidence from Ethiopia, Journal of Water and Health, 17 (5) 655-669.
- Whitley L, Hutchings P, Cooper S, Parker A, Kebede A, Joseph S, Butterworth J, Van Koppen B & Mulejaa A (2019) A framework for targeting water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in pastoralist populations in the Afar region of Ethiopia, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 222 (8) 1133-1144. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.9332279
- Budge S, Parker AH, Hutchings PT & Garbutt C (2019) Environmental enteric dysfunction and child stunting, Nutrition Reviews, 77 (4) 240-253.
- Hutchings P & Carter RC (2018) Setting SDG ambitions in a realistic time-scale [Editorial], Waterlines, 37 (1) 1-4.
- Hutchings P, Johns M, Jornet D, Scott C & Van den Bossche Z (2018) A systematic assessment of the pro-poor reach of development bank investments in urban sanitation, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 8 (3) 402-414.
- Hutchings P (2018) Community management or coproduction? The role of state and citizens in rural water service delivery in India, Water Alternatives, 11 (2) 357-374.
- Hutchings P, Franceys R, Mekala S, Smits S & James AJ (2017) Revisiting the history, concepts and typologies of community management for rural drinking water supply in India, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 33 (1) 152-169.
- Hutchings P, Parker A & Jeffrey P (2016) The political risks of technological determinism in rural water supply: a case study from Bihar, India, Journal of Rural Studies, 45 (June) 252-259.
- Hutchings P, Chan MY, Cuadrado L, Ezbakhe F, Mesa B, Tamekawa C & Franceys F (2015) A systematic review of success factors in the community management of rural water supplies over the past 30 years, Water Policy, 17 (5) 963-983.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hutchings P, Franceys F, Smits S & Mekala S (2017) Community management of rural water supply: case studies of success from India. Earthscan from Routledge.