Katrina Charles


Katrina Charles is Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment. Her research uses interdisciplinary collaborations to address challenges of advancing water science, and improving uptake of water science in policy making and practice. 

Katrina moved to Oxford in 2013 to lead the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management. Since 2017, when she moved to her current role, Katrina has led research to improve water security as the co-director of the REACH: Improving water security for the poor programme, and as a lead on the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub. Her work addresses two main areas:

  • developing better ways to monitor water quality and communicate results to affect improvements in policy and decision making 
  • exploring interdisciplinary perspectives of risk to inform the development of water security risk science and facilitate better water security services

Katrina's work has been funded by the Department for International Development, World Health Organization, UK Research Councils (NERC/ESRC), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and includes work in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Katrina is also the College Champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.