Shirish Singh

Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Non-Sewered Sanitation


Dr. Shirish Singh joined IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in 2017 as Lecturer in Non-Sewered Sanitation. He has a PhD in sanitary engineering and pollution control from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria and has more than two-decades of professional experience in the WASH sector, particularly in South Asia. He worked for several years in the consulting sector in planning, designing and implementing water and sanitation projects and enriched his knowledge and skills on technical/engineering aspects of project design and implementation. Working in the development sector for almost a decade, he enhanced his skills on community development and integrating social aspects and other cross-cutting issues in projects.

Prior to joining IHE Delft, he worked as Head of the Urban WASH programme at Practical Action South Asia Regional Office, where he managed the WASH programme by developing the programme strategy and business plan to contribute to national and international goals. Dr. Singh has been engaged in the urban sanitation sector for more than 10 years, piloting and demonstrating city-wide inclusive sanitation and Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) in Nepal and India and has contributed to recognizing the importance of FSM in Nepal and Odisha, India. He has also successfully planned and implemented a number of DEWATS - decentralized wastewater management systems (mainly constructed wetlands), developed a manual on constructed wetlands for waste water treatment and contributed to the technology transfer of DEWATS (focusing on anaerobic wastewater pre-treatment and constructed wetlands) in Pakistan.

Research Summary

Dr. Singh is interested in carrying out research in sustainable business models in urban sanitation/FSM and enhancing capacity of professionals in the urban sanitation sector through education and training. He is currently coordinating the transfer of a MSc diploma and courses in sanitation to more than three dozen Universities in Africa and Asia under the flag of the “Global Sanitation Graduate School”.


Singh, S. and Bhatta, D.D., 2017. An Arduous Journey of FSM in a Small Municipality of Gulariya, Nepal”, Nepal. Paper presented at 4th International Faecal Sludge Management conference, Chennai, India, February 19-23, 2017.

Singh, S., Shrestha B.R., Bhatta, D.D., 2013. Impact on health and health costs due to improved access to safe water, improved sanitation, safe hygiene practices and reduced indoor air pollution: a case study from Nepal. Paper presented at Fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation, Kathmandu, Nepal, October 22-24, 2013.

Singh, S., Haberl, R., Moog, O., Shrestha, R.R., Shrestha, P. and Shrestha, R., 2009. Performance of an anaerobic baffled reactor and hybrid constructed wetland treating high strength wastewater in Nepal – a model for DEWATS. Ecol. Eng. 35(5), 654-660.

Other information

Deputy Project Leader, Global Sanitation Graduate School, Transfer of the MSc diploma in Sanitation to Asia and Africa, July 2018 - June 2024.


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