The SLH Team

Find out about the Sanitation Learning Hub team members and what they do.

Jamie Myers

Research and Learning Manager

Jamie has been at IDS for five years specialising in research and learning that supports the strengthening of sanitation and hygiene practice and policy. His background is cross-disciplinary with a MSc in Environment and Sustainability Science and a BA in History.

Naomi Vernon

Programme and Communications Manager

Naomi is the Programme and Communications Manager for the SLH at the Institute of Development Studies. She is the lead editor and designer of SLH publications, and co-edited the book ‘Sustainable Sanitation for All: Innovations and Insights’.

Samantha Reddin

Programme and Communications Manager (maternity cover)

Samantha has extensive experience developing and implementing communication and campaign strategies in international development for research consortiums. Samantha has worked extensively in Africa and South Asia.

Robert Chambers

Associate Research Fellow

Robert is a nomad in search of blind spots and participatory methodologies. He has been based in IDS since 1969 and a research associate since retiring in 1997. Among his books is 'Rural Development: Putting the Last First' (1993).

Elaine Mercer

Communications and Networking Officer

Elaine manages the SLH website, newsletter and social media channels, facilitates learning and sharing activities, creates engaging video and written outputs, and leads on visual methods research.

Mimi Coultas

Research Officer

Mimi is a Research Officer with the Hub, working on timely, relevant and actionable learning activities in the sanitation and hygiene sector. She previously worked for a number of NGOs designing and implementing WASH programmes across Africa and Asia.

Ruhil Iyer

Research Officer

Ruhil is a Research Officer at the Sanitation Learning Hub, working towards participatory research and action learning in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. Ruhil’s academic background is in social science and development related research.

Gian Melloni

Research Officer

Gian is a Research Officer with a passion for innovative, sustainable and equitable WASH, and for bridging gaps between knowledge and practice. Gian has a broad range of experience in the development sector spanning 15 years. He has a multidisciplinary background, with an MA in philosophy and an MSc in water and environmental management.

Stacey Townsend

Programme Officer

Stacey is the Programme Officer for the Sanitation Learning Hub. Prior to her work with the Hub and during her time at IDS she has worked on a wide arrange of projects and programmes over a period of over 10 years.

Alice Webb

Communications and Impact Officer

Alice is a communications and knowledge professional, working part-time with the Sanitation Learning Hub, alongside projects focused on health and epidemics, conflict, migration, and participation. Alice’s academic background is in literature and languages (Spanish and Portuguese).

Our Collaborators

Meet our wonderful collaborators who are vital to our work.

Our Collaborators

SLH Research

Find out more about our range of research approaches. These aim to draw attention to urgent knowledge gaps, blind spots and emerging questions, often at a critical point in time, to support policy-makers, practitioners and partners in navigating and responding swiftly.

SLH Research