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Green Templeton College | Oxford

PumpA research team including Green Templeton student Johanna Koehler has won the Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards in both the Building Capacity and Overall categories. Koehler, who is a DPhil candidate in Geography and the Environment, is part of a group developing a Smart Handpump to help monitor sustainable water services in rural areas.

The team, composed of Professor Rob Hope, Professor David Clifton, Patrick Thomson, Dr Achut Manandhar, Heloise Greeff, Farah Colchester, Alex Fischer and Johanna Koehler was one of 78 entrants to the awards, which celebrate ‘exceptional research-led innovations and products at all University levels that are having societal or economic impact’. Koehler’s efforts focused on the projects’ institutional and financial dimensions; she even helped push new legislation on rural water service delivery in Kenya. In response to the award, Koehler said ‘we are absolutely delighted that our work is recognised in such a wonderful way and it has been a true team effort led by Rob Hope with our fantastic colleagues in geography and engineering science.’

Additional information on the project is available here.