Katrina Charles

Katrina Charles

School of Geography and Environment

Research Interests

Water quality threats to human health are many and varied, ranging from geogenic contamination, to industrial and faecal pollution, to increasing salinity. Meeting even basic drinking water quality targets is limiting achievement for the Sustainable Development Goal for water. Dr Charles’ work focuses on how to improve drinking water quality, through interdisciplinary approaches to measure and define safety, and to mitigate risks from future climate, land use and demographic changes. Details of any DPhil project would be defined in discussion with the student, but are likely to entail a significant component of laboratory or fieldwork. Research approaches might involve: characterising the variability in water quality due to environmental and anthropogenic factors; testing novel molecular, culture-based and chemical detection methods; or modelling the risks to human health (such as through quantitative health risk assessment).

Associated Research Streams

water quality, pollution, pathogens, drinking water, fluoride, health

Katrina Charles Measuring faecal contamination of rural handpumps in Kenya: routine monitoring with simple tests can provide information on variability and vulnerability.

Contact information

  • Email: katrina.charles@ouce.ox.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 285 184 
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  • Address:
    School of Geography and the Environment 
    University of Oxford  
    South Parks Road  
    OX1 3QY 
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