Giuliana Ferrero

Affiliate Researcher


Dr. Giuliana Ferrero has over 15 years’ experience in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector and, specifically, in the fields of water quality, water safety, water reuse and (waste)water treatment. She has been leading and/or involved in education, research and capacity building projects in Mozambique, Uganda, Lebanon, Malawi, Suriname, Georgia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa, India, The Netherlands and Spain. She recently transitioned into freelance consulting, while still holding the position of visiting associate professor at IHE Delft in The Netherlands. She holds a PhD and a MSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Girona, a Master degree in Experimental Geology from the University of Barcelona and a MSc in Environmental Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin.


Selected publications

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Setty, K. & Ferrero, G. (2021). Water Safety Plans. Oxford Research Encyclopaedia of Global Public Health. Oxford University Press. 

Marks, S., Clair-Caliot, G., Taing, L., Tayebwa Bamwenda, J., Kanyesigye, C., Namanya, E.R., Kemerink-Seyoum, J., Kansiime, F., Batega, D.W., Ferrero, G. (2020). Water supply and sanitation services in small towns in rural-urban transition zones: The case of Bushenyi-Ishaka Municipality, Uganda. Npj Clean Water, 3 (21). 

Kanyesigye, C., Marks, S.J., Nakanjako, J., Kansiime, F., Ferrero, G. (2019). Status of Water Safety Plan Development and Implementation in Uganda. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 16, 4096. 

Ferrero, G., Setty, K., Rickert, B., George, S., Rinehold, A., DeFrance, J., Bartram, J. (2019). Capacity building and training approaches for Water Safety Plans: a comprehensive literature review. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 222 (4), 615-627.

Ekowati, Y., van Diepeningen, A.D., Ferrero, G., Kennedy, M.D., de Roda Husman, A.M., Schets, F.M (2017). Clinically relevant fungi in water and on surfaces in an indoor swimming pool facility. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 220 (7), 1152-1160.

Rusca, M., Boakye-Ansah, A.S., Loftus, A., Ferrero, G., van der Zaag, P. (2017). An interdisciplinary political ecology of drinking water quality. Exploring socio-ecological inequalities in Lilongwe's water supply network. Geoforum 84, 138–146.

Ekowati, Y., Buttiglieri, G., Ferrero, G., Valle-Sistac, J., Diaz-Cruz, M.S., Barcelo, D., Petrovic, M., Villagrasa, M., Kennedy, M.D., Rodriguez-Roda, I. (2016). Occurrence of pharmaceuticals and UV filters in swimming pools and spas. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-11.

Boakye-Ansah, A.S., Ferrero, G., Rusca, M., van der Zaag, P. (2016). Inequalities in microbial contamination of drinking water supplies in urban areas. The case of Lilongwe, Malawi. Journal of Water and Health 14 (5), pp. 851-863

Ferrero, G., Rodriguez-Roda, I., Comas, J. (2012). Automatic control systems for submerged membrane bioreactors: a state-of-the-art review. Water Research 46 (11) , pp. 3421-3433

Ferrero, G., Monclus, H., Buttiglieri, Gabarron, S., G. Comas, J., RodriguezRoda, I. (2011). Development of a control algorithm for air-scour reduction in membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment. Journal of Chemical Technology and biotechnology, 86 (6), 784-789.


Other information

Selected past projects

SMALL: Water supply and sanitation in small towns: the rural-urban intersection. Funded by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Improving governance of drinking water quality in Maputo, Mozambique. Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. 

WATERSPOUTT: Water - Sustainable Point-Of-Use Treatment Technologies. EU H2020 water 5c. 

demEAUmed: Demonstrating integrated innovative technologies for an optimal and safe closed water cycle in Mediterranean tourist facilities. EU FP7 Water Inno&Demo. 


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