François is a graduate from Queen’s University holding a BASc and MASc in Civil Engineering. His graduate thesis explored the design of waste stabilization ponds using probabilistic methods based on uncertainty and sensitivity analyses. During his Master’s, he worked as a course developer on an online graduate course teaching questions relating to water resource management and modalities of water supply. The presented topics included solutions to the problem of open access and idealized models of water governance. Since graduating he has worked as a research consultant for a commissioner of the LANCET-SIGHT commission studying how COVID-19 incidence forecasting models account for individual characteristics and epidemic preparedness. His research interests are in the relationship between Water, Sanitation and Hygiene infrastructure/provision modalities and the spread of infectious diseases, a topic which he hopes to tackle as a PhD candidate in the future.
Francois is a part of the UNU-INWEH Externship programme. He will be working on the development of a spatial WaSH disease vulnerability index with two other externs while being supervised by Dr. Lina Taing and Dr. Hamid Mehmood.