mw4d is led by Dr Rob Hope in partnership with Dr Gari Clifford. The inter-disciplinary research group is co-located at the School of Geography and the Environment and the Institute of Bio-medical Engineering with the explicit aim of linking development policy, technological innovation and public health to improve water security and reduce poverty.
mw4d has established partnerships in Africa and globally across government, private sector and civil society.
Dr Rob Hope, Senior Research Fellow
Rob has secured major grants from ESRC, DFID and the Skoll Foundation across the three research themes. He has conducted applied research on water security in rural Africa for over 10 years and has expertise in the design and evaluation of institutional performance on development outcomes. View webpage
Dr Gari Clifford, University Lecturer
Gari runs the Intelligent Patient Monitoring Group at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME). He co-founded an open-source mobile healthcare platform for rapid and accurate data transmission in resource-constrained environments, now known as Sana. View webpage
Patrick Thomson, Lead Researcher
Patrick previously worked in international development, living for a number of years in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a Chartered Engineer with a background in electronic engineering. He leads the technical design and implementation of the Smart Handpump research.
Tim Foster, DPhil candidate
Tim is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on large-scale empirical analysis of rural water supply models and the design of mobile-enhanced alternatives in Africa. He has worked as a water and sanitation specialist throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and was previously a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
Aaron Krolikowski, D.Phil. Candidate
Aaron is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. His work focuses primarily on the novel uses of mobile communication technologies in the urban water sector (East Africa) as they relate to payment behaviours, water utility performance, and equitable access to water services. View webpage
Joachim Behar, D.Phil. Candidate
Joachim is a D.Phil student in Oxford department of Engineering Science, supervised by Dr Gari Clifford. He is working on signal processing for fetal electrocardiography and is co-funded by Engineering World Health, Oxford.
Alessandro Guazzi, D.Phil. Candidate
Alessandro is a lively italian physicist now working in Oxford towards a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Mohammad Ali Maraci, D.Phil. Candidate
Mohammed is a software engineer with a particular interest in healthcare technology, and is currently enrolled at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovations at the IBME.
Tasos Papastylianou, D.Phil. Candidate
Tasos is a medically qualified and current Biomedical Engineering graduate student at the University of Oxford, with an interest in image and signal processing in medicine.
Simão Jacques, D.Phil. Candidate
Simão is an electrical engineer currently enrolled in the Centre for Doctoral Training for Health Innovation at Oxford.
João Jorge, D.Phil. Candidate
João is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering Science of Oxford University. He is a biomedical engineer with a background in medical physics.
Alex Money, D.Phil. Candidate
Alex is reading for a D.Phil at Oxford, focused on corporate water risk. Brought up in Zambia, he was formerly an emerging markets fund manager, and has over 15 years of investment industry experience. View webpage