Women of Achievement 2018: Professor Barbara Evans

In the first of a regular feature series – profiling all 15 of this year’s Women of Achievement Awards winners in turn – we are highlighting the accomplishments of Professor Barbara Evans.

Professor Evans, from the School of Civil Engineering, won the International Water Association (IWA) 2017 Development Award: Research.

She is an outstanding and internationally leading researcher, working in the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the global South. 

She has built a substantial research portfolio, working with organisations across Africa and Asia, and developed a WASH MSc programme that is recognised worldwide. Her research includes water and sanitation in low income urban communities and rural areas, with a focus on the development of effective, safe strategies for the provision of sanitation and the management of faecal sludge.

Barbara chairs the Strategic Advisory Group of the UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, which reports progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goal for water and sanitation. She has recently been appointed co-director of the Leeds Centre for Global Development, and as a member of the Research Councils UK Global Challenges Research Fund Strategic Advisory Board.

The Women of Achievement Awards recognise the significant contribution and impact women at the University are making across our institution and beyond. 

Held for the fifth time this year, the Awards are a key part of the University’s Leeds Gender Framework. They are integral to our commitment to further promote and accelerate gender equality, support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation, and provide high-visible role models that will inspire others to develop and thrive.  

The outstanding achievements of 15 female colleagues and students were recognised at this year’s Women of Achievement Awards.

They celebrate the significant contributions and impact the winners have made across the University and beyond. The women receiving awards were all nominated by their peers, and represent academic and professional staff, as well as students, and are drawn from across the University. 

They all share a common commitment to excellence and have performed outstandingly in their fields, whether this be in research, student education or student experience, scholarship, leadership of key University initiatives, or supporting administrative and technical activities.

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