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Jonathan Parkinson

Associate Director, Cities and Resilient Development

A water and sanitation engineer specialising in management, financing and institutional arrangements for installation and operation of water, sanitation and waste management systems in development and humanitarian contexts.

Jonathan is a civil and environmental engineer with a PhD from Imperial College, London. He specialises in management, financing and institutional arrangements for installation and operation of water, sanitation and waste management systems in both development and humanitarian contexts.

He has over 20 years of experience working in more than 15 low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa. On his consulting assignments, he has supported urban authorities, national governmental agencies and NGOs with feasibility assessments, strategic planning, programme design and evaluation related to the provision of urban infrastructure and services for low-income communities.

Prior to joining IMC, Jonathan worked for Oxfam as a Senior Programme Development Advisor, where he was responsible for a multi-country programme funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to improve the resilience and preparedness of market systems to shocks from natural disasters.

He is on the Editorial Board of the journal ‘Waterlines’, has published widely in various journals and is co-author on two books focusing on urban sanitation and stormwater management.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Modelling Strategies for Sustainable Urban Wastewater Management, Imperial College, London
  • MSc. Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • B.Eng. (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Projects

  • Promoting market-based responses to WASH emergencies
  • Study of Models for National Sanitation Authority, Ghana