Mr George Neville

Supervised by

  • Vandana Desai Joint first/primary/lead supervisor


  • Emily Boyd Joint second supervisor


Educational background

2013 - 2016 PhD Candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London

2012 - 2013 MA Environment & Development, King's College London

2009 - 2012 BSc Human Geography, University of Reading

Research interests



My research interests encompass a host of urban development issues in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly informality, livelihoods, policy and governance, and water and sanitation.


Current Research

This doctoral research essentially seeks to understand the unregulated activities of informal water providers and their role in supplying water to the urban poor in Ethiopia. It will focus on a newly urbanised region of Addis Ababa to explore water consumption in low-income households, the business strategies of informal water providers, and how urban governance in a context of extensive informalisation and democratic transition can be highly fragmented and fluid. The study is in collaboration with the international NGO WaterAid and initially aims to inform the water sector on the currently underexplored informal domain, while the long-term objective is to improve water access for those excluded from 'formal' supply.

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