Dr. Alasdair Cohen

Population Health Sciences

Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), household water treatment (HWT), water resources management, poverty metrics, and monitoring & evaluation (M&E) in Asia. With the goal of expanding access to safe water, reducing exposure household air pollution, and improving environmental health, he has worked with the Chinese Center of Disease Control & Prevention to better understand the relationships and drivers between water-related behaviors and beliefs, drinking water quality, fuel use, gender, and poverty in rural China.  

Over the past decade, Alasdair Cohen has designed and led research initiatives and projects for United Nations agencies on issues related to rural poverty, development and water resources. He is the author of The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool, published by the International Fund for Agricultural Development in 2009, as well as other UN publications, technical reports and working papers. 

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Recent Relevant Publications

Cohen, A., Tao, Y., Luo, Q., Zhong, G., Romm, J., Colford, J., & Ray, I. (2015). Microbiological evaluation of household drinking water treatment in rural China shows benefits of electric kettles: A cross-sectional study. PLoS ONE 10 (9), e0138451.

Cohen, A. & Saisana, M. (2014). Quantifying the qualitative: Eliciting expert input to develop the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool. Journal of Development Studies, 1 (50) 35-50.

Cohen, A. (2010). The Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool: A new framework for measuring rural poverty. Development in Practice, 20 (7) 887-897.

Cohen, A. & Sullivan, C. (2010). Water & poverty in rural China: Developing an instrument to assess the multiple dimensions of water & poverty. Ecological Economics, 69 (5) 999-1009.