Dr Julie Fisher
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Julie is a Social and Information Scientist with 20 years experience in academic research, publication and teaching, producing more than 80 technical papers, books and other publications. For the past 12 years, she has played a key role in information management relating to water supply and sanitation at WEDC, concerned with all aspects of communication and dissemination of research in the development sector, and was lead author of the DFID-funded Spreading the Word Further. WEDC is a sector leader in this field and Julie's work in the research and application of effective research dissemination has been central to this. This includes dissemination at organisational, project and programme levels, to the academic community, to practitioners, and to national and international level policy and decision makers. She was principal investigator of an evaluation of DFID's research dissemination in 2002; recommendations from this were taken up by DFID as policy. She has also had responsibility for dissemination strategies and knowledge products for many other projects, such as African Water, the WELL Resources Centre, the SWITCH urban water management project and the SPLASH ERA-Net.
Julie has developed a further area of expertise in gender issues, linking back to her doctoral research. Research in 2008 for the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) resulted in an influential advocacy document For Her it's the Big Issue. A paper based on this won the Institution of Civil Engineers' Safety in Construction medal in 2008. She is also interested in all aspects of women's reproductive health including menstrual and peri-menopausal hygiene management.
Julie's interest in historical investigation is a further area of research. She was invited to present work on public health reform in water and sanitation services at an Institute of Civil Engineers special meeting ‘Safety, Security and Sustainability: Can Engineers Rise to the Challenge?
Julie has managed the past three WEDC International Conferences which took place in Accra - Ghana, Addis Ababa - Ethiopia, and Loughborough - UK.
- G009: A guide to writing reports
- G010: How to use and cite literature effectively
- G011: Selecting water, sanitation and hygiene indicators
- G018: Menstruation hygiene management for schoolgirls
- Spreading the word further: Guidelines for disseminating development research
- Spreading the word further: Guidelines for disseminating development research - synthesis note
- Sustainable development of water resources, water supply and environmental sanitation: Proceedings of the 32nd WEDC International Conference, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 2006
- The SWITCH Project
- Evaluation of the DFID Knowledge and Research Programme
- Evaluation of the Global Wash Forum Meeting in Ghana, 2004
- Support to the EUWI ERA-NET (SPLASH)
- Water Utility Management – Dissemination
- African Water – Specific Support Action
- Spreading the word: enhancing research dissemination strategies
- Positive Impact on Putting Women at the Centre for Sanitation, Water Supply and Hygiene Improvements: An Evidence Report
- WEDC Conferences
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