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Miss Francesca O'Hanlon MEng, MPhil, MRes


Francesca O'Hanlon

Research Student

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Sustainable Development


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Francesca is in the third year of a MRes + PhD in resilience to climate change and water security at the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge. She is part of the Future Infrastructure & Built Environment Programme. Francesca’s research focus is on developing a socio-technical systems model of the factors that influence water security in low-resource settings. She uses qualitative and quantitative research techniques to assess how rainwater harvesting can contribute to improved water security. In 2016, Francesca founded Blue Tap, a water purification social enterprise after working for the charity Medecins Sans Frontiers in South Sudan and the Central African Republic for two years, where she coordinated the water supply for emergency hospitals in regions affected by war. She has won a National Geographic Explorers Award for her work for Blue Tap and for her PhD research.

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