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Surrey’s water regulation paper scoops Annual Richard Macrory Prize

How can we improve the quality and availability of drinking water in developing countries?

This question was asked by a team of researchers in an article that received the prestigious Richard Macrory Prize.

‘Small Independent Water Providers: Their Position in the Regulatory Framework for the Supply of Water in Kenya and Ethiopia’ was written by scientists from Surrey’s Centre for Environmental Strategy, Robens Centre for Public and Environmental Health, School of Law and the Victoria Institute for Research into Environment and Development in Kenya – including Dr Mulugeta Ayalew, Dr Jonathan Chenoweth, Professor Rosalind Malcolm, Professor Yacob Mulugetta, Dr Lorna Grace Okotto and Dr Stephen Pedley.

The paper, published within the Journal of Environmental Law, stems from Surrey’s wider collaborative project, ‘The establishment of legal frameworks for independent water providers in Kenya and Ethiopia’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Principal Investigator Dr Jonathan Chenoweth said, “The Richard Macrory Prize is awarded each year to the most thought-provoking and innovative article so this achievement means a lot to us as it shows we are doing innovative research with real impact. This paper was the result of close collaboration between water quality scientists, environmental lawyers and development experts, and really shows the value of the trans-disciplinary research needed to solve water supply problems for the urban poor.” 

Professor Rosalind Malcolm said, “One of the authors, Mulugeta Ayalew, is teaching at Haramaya University in Ethiopia. This is a University where Mulugeta will be delivering a two week course shortly and we have identified it as a worthy recipient of the £250 book prize we received.” 

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