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Grace Oluwasanya

Research Lead for Water, Climate and Gender, Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), United Nations University

Grace Oluwasanya is a Professor of Water Resources Management (Water Safety) and a Research Lead of Water, Climate and Gender at UNU-INWEH. She has extensive training (Bachelor’s to Doctoral) in Water Resources Management across developing and western nations with diverse opportunities to explore varied aspects from water science (Hydrology) to resource management including the associated socio-economic themes, with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of water systems risks analysis, water safety planning, water quality and public health protection and water security issues.

She holds a Ph.D. in Water Resources Management (Water safety) from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in International Land and Water Management from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands, and Bachelor’s in Water Management and Agro-meteorology at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Nigeria. She is a recipient of several prestigious scholarships and Fellowship such as the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) scholarship and the Commonwealth Academic Scholarship and Fellowship, United Kingdom.

Before joining the UNU-INWEH, she was an Associate Professor at FUNAAB, Nigeria, served as a Visiting Researcher at Cranfield University, UK and is a World Health Organization (WHO) accredited Global Water Safety Plans (WSP) Trainer, with significant knowledge sharing and capacity development (such as training of Water Service Providers, Water Agencies and Community water committees) components.

Dr. Oluwasanya conducted a front line research for the development of appropriate Water Safety Plans for small water systems in low-resource context, advocates mainstreaming of self-supply systems in water supply management and promotes WSP for public utilities and small systems in similar context to support sustainable development locally and globally, and has contributed to many water research initiatives including sustainability and risk assessment of drinking-water systems for the development of suitable assessment tools such as SRAM – Sustainability and Risk Assessment Matrix. She has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications and serves as a Reviewer of many international Scientific journals.


  • –present
    Water Scientist, United Nations University