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Dr Elliot Hurst

The Multiple Benefits of Decentralised Water Treatment in Rural India

Project Dates: 1 October 2018 - 31 August 2021

Elliot is a PhD student at the University of Stirling, working on 'The Multiple Benefits of Decentralised Water Treatment in Rural India'. This project studies several constructed wetlands that have recently been constructed in rural villages. In investigating the impact of these treatment wetlands, the research focuses on both technical and social questions. The PhD research is conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh and the James Hutton Institute, as well as the IIT Roorkee and ATREE in Bangalore.

Elliot is from Aotearoa/New Zealand. He has a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Auckland, and an MSc in Ecohydrology. This was an Erasmus Mundus program that included studies in Portugal, Brazil, the Netherlands and Germany. He is passionate about tackling water challenges through transdisciplinary research. Between studies he has worked as a consultant engineer on flood modelling projects in Auckland, and spent a year learning and writing precariously in Berlin. He is motivated by a vision of water systems that are sustainable, equitable and resilient, meeting human needs and ensuring ecosystem health, in a changing climate.