Water and environmental engineer, with a specialization in the delivery of water and sanitation services in low-income countries
Ricard Giné's training and professional experience has covered water resources management, water and wastewater treatment, rural water supply and sanitation as well as environmental engineering. He has more than 15 years of professional experience on a variety of projects in Spain, East Africa and Central and South America.
In the field of water and sanitation services delivery, he has combined formal educational programs (M.Sc. at Imperial College London, 2007; and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the UPC, 2015) and professional practice, participating in different projects (more than 20) in East Africa (Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia) and South America (Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil). Research topics addressed range from improving the availability of reliable information, to improving access to information, and to encouraging the use of this information in decision-making processes. Specifically, research interests focus on the connections between the improved delivery of water, sanitation and hygiene services and human development – especially the links between science, policy and practice, in low-income countries. They relate to the development of monitoring and reporting systems to inform decision-making, and include: i) the design of data collection methods to produce representative and reliable estimates on WASH; ii) the development of policy tools to improve data accessibility and data dissemination to sector stakeholders (e.g. aggregated indicators, planning indices, poverty maps, use of Bayesian networks, etc.); iii) the analysis, from a human rights perspective, of national and international monitoring systems, with special attention to the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP) and the post-2015 proposal, particularly the dedicated goal on water (SDG 6); and iv) the sustainability assessment of WaSH interventions.