Business models to enable advanced technology to solve the global sanitation challenge MSc by Research

Cranfield University

Cranfield, , GB

Cranfield University are developing the Nano Membrane Toilet as a household toilet which will provide safe sanitation without any need for any external water supplies, sewerage or electricity.   To facilitate the implementation of this toilet in the areas of most need, that is amongst poor communities in Sub Saharan African cities a robust business model needs to be developed.

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This studentship will support that development through

  • A review of other sanitation business models
  • Mapping of customers and their economics
  • Developing an understanding of the different functions of actors in the required sanitation chain.
  • Developing an understanding of possible supply chains. 

The work will primary be desk-based at Cranfield University, embedded within the technical team developing the Nano Membrane Toilet, but fieldwork in Sub Saharan Africa may be possible where it supports the activities listed above. The student can draw on expertise of academics within Cranfield Water Science Institute and the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship.

At a glance

  • Application deadline: 13 Oct 2017
  • Award type(s): MSc by Research
  • Start date: 13 Nov 2017
  • Duration of award: 1 year
  • Eligibility: EU, UK, Rest of World
  • Reference number: SWEE0028


Alison Parker, Lecturer in International Water and Sanitation

Maarten Van De Kamp, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship 

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper-second class UK honours degree (or equivalent) in business, development studies or a related discipline. Practical experience in the sanitation sector or in developing businesses to serve bottom of the pyramid consumers would be welcomed.   A passion for increasing the number of people served with improved sanitation is essential.


The studentship is funded under Cranfield University’s grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Funding covering tuition fees and a stipend (£18,000 per annum) is available for applicants from anywhere in the world.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This Network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas, identify opportunities for collaboration and create smaller communities of practice.  It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this project please contact Alison Parker ([email protected]) to discuss your suitability for the post. Candidates should then complete the online application form.

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