What is the first book you read that you still fondly remember?
“The Bone Sparrow” by Zana Fraillon. It’s about a child born and living in a refugee camp. I hope to write a similar book about children’s rights to water and sanitation in displacement camps.
Your current research focuses on governance, fragility and mobility in light of water insecurity and climate change. What drives you to work on these themes?
I love research on the interaction between water and communities. With the emerging threats of climate change and water insecurity, I think that water research in the context of fragility is among the noblest way to utilise knowledge.
What’s the most insightful thought you’ve read about water in the past month?
It’s a quote by Lao Tzu “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”
You’re working in a field that is an intersection between science and community. What are you picking up from local citizens?
At first glance when stepping into a local community, a researcher could think he’s teaching locals. Most of the time, they teach us new perspectives.
What’s your one tip (that doesn’t get discussed enough) for water and environmental engineers?
In fragile settings, most water interventions are short-term solutions while on average a refugee spends 17 years in camps. That’s why humanitarian interventions should shift to long-term sustainable solutions.