Hannah is currently a PhD candidate at Cranfield University under the centre for doctoral training (CDT) Water-WISER, whose research focus is water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for the most marginalised members of the global community. Hannah's PhD is combining physical and social sciences to better understand the challenges of rural water security in lower-middle income countries (LMIC). She is looking specifically at how the provision, perceived quality, and water user's behaviour of multiple water sources impacts water security, using the example of sand dams in the drylands of rural Kenya.
She completed her bachelor degree at the University of Exeter in 2018 in Applied Geology, after always fostering a love for the outdoors and an intrigue into the way in which our natural world works. Here, Hannah had her first experience of the application of space technologies, for example using ArcGIS for the production of geological maps.
Ever since she was a child, she has had a love for the sea. This passion grew whilst she was studying in Cornwall and may have influenced her choice of career in water. This, coupled with always having been interested in different cultures and having a strong sense of inequality in the world, Hannah began her PhD with the intention of learning as much as possible about water in a development setting. Space technologies can be used extensively in WASH research and projects so she is excited to learn more about their applications and how she might be able to utilise them in her future work.