Naomi is an Environmental Engineer, currently completing her PhD through the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Naomi’s research is focused on a community-based WASH program in Timor Leste as part of a broader study examining the efficacy of combining such WASH programs with de-worming treatment. Naomi has completed 12 months of field work for her PhD in remote, rural Timorese communities where WaterAid is implementing its rural WASH program. WaterAid’s program involves both water supply and CLTS/sanitation marketing for improved sanitation and hygiene.
Recently Naomi led the field research for FH Designs’ study of WASH sustainability in PNG. She was involved in the study design, data collection, data storage, analysis and reporting for this study which used a strengths-based approach to understand the sustainability of remote WASH systems in 4 provinces in PNG.
Naomi’s research gives her an excellent understanding of WASH within Melanesian contexts; experience of government and CSOs interaction in fragile states; community-based research processes, including both surveying and participatory tools; and, importantly, the complexity and challenges associated with carrying out research in remote locations. She also has experience in both qualitative and quantitative data storage and analysis (Access, NVivo, MapInfo, ArcGIS).