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Leslie Morris-Iveson


Water sector specialist focusing on policy 



Professional info

I am a water and environment specialist with 19 years’ experience.  My experiences range from evaluation and knowledge reviews, policy support, programme management and sector coordination both working for international organizations and more recently as an independent consultant.

As a qualified urban and regional planner with a specialization in environment and natural resources studies, my early career in Canada focused around multi-stakeholder consultation in environmental impact assessment and municipal sustainability planning. 

Following undertaking an MA in Environment, Development and Policy at the University of Sussex I began to specialize in water supply, sanitation and water resources.  I have worked with UNICEF as a WASH Specialist in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Philippines and Haiti in development and in some cases, as the WASH Cluster Coordinator in emergencies.  I was also previously employed as the Global Water Policy Advisor at Oxfam GB, before starting work as a consultant in early 2015.  As a consultant I have also undertaken work for the World Bank Global Practice in Tanzania, WaterAid UK, Greenpeace International, WWF-UK and the jointly managed UNDP/SIWI Water Governance Facility.

My interests in the sector are broad, however I hope to work more in understanding in what ways policy and practice can influence better water security for marginalized and vulnerable communities.  I am currently co-editing a book for International Water Association (IWA) with fellow Associate Singe Day on the topic of adaptive water management in uncertainty. 

In addition to currently working as a consultant, I am an Associate Lecturer in water and an Honorary Associate of Oxford Brookes University Impact Assessment Research Group. I am a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv, MIEMA) through the International Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).


Country experience










Russian Federation

Sri Lanka





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