Staff Profile

Sonia Coates //

I joined IOD PARC in 2015, initially assisting on the National Technical Resource Team (NTRT) for UNICEF India's reducing open defecation programme.  I combine practical Project Director experience managing overseas water and sanitation projects with a Masters of Public Health and International Development.

I have experience working and conducting research in a diverse range of developing countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures to build relationships with clients and colleagues at all levels. I have a proven track record of managing multi-country projects throughout their lifecycle from initial planning to implementation, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. To date this has included partnerships in rural Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Sudan.

My background is in Public Health and my thematic areas of interest include WASH, infectious and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), health inequalities and migrant health. Within this thematic focus I am experienced in using a variety of research and evaluation methods which has been strengthened through the conduction of Service Evaluations and Health Needs Assessments, including for asylum seekers in Sheffield and migrant workers in Malaysia. I possess a range of research experience using predominantly qualitative approaches, and am a recurrent guest lecturer at The University of Northampton on my areas of expertise: 'Health and Development', 'South-East Asia as a Developing Region' and 'HIV/AIDs'.