Jonathan Parkinson

Associate Director, Cities and Resilient Development

A municipal engineer and urban development specialist in planning and implementation of resilient infrastructure and sustainable services in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Jonathan is Associate Director for the Cities and Resilient Development business stream with 20 years of consulting experience in over 15 countries in Asia and Africa supporting urban authorities, national governmental and humanitarian agencies with policy development, strategic planning, programme and project design. He specializes in management, financing and institutional arrangements for sustainable urban sanitation and waste management. Before joining IMC, he worked for Oxfam as Senior Programme Development Advisor where he was responsible for a 3-year program funded by USAID’s OFDA to improve the resilience and preparedness of market systems to shocks during emergencies and times of crisis. With a PhD from Imperial College, London, he has considerable research experience and is co-author of two books focusing on sustainable sanitation and wastewater management.


  • 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