Katrina Charles


Katrina Charles is a Professor of Environmental Health Risks in the School of Geography and the Environment. Her research uses interdisciplinary collaborations to address challenges of advancing water science, and improving uptake of water science in policy making and practice. She leads research to improve water security as the co-director of REACH: Improving water security for the poor, and as a lead on the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub. Her work addresses two main areas:

  • developing better ways to monitor water quality and communicate results to affect improvements in policy and decision making
  • exploring interdisciplinary perspectives of risk to inform the development of water security risk science and facilitate better water security services

Katrina's work has been funded by the Department for International Development, World Health Organization, UK Research Councils (NERC/ESRC), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and includes work in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Katrina is co-Chair of the Oxford Water Network, and Academic Director for the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management. She also teaches on the MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine.

Katrina is also the College Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.