Ryan Cronk

PhD program, Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Advisor: Professor Jamie Bartram

Ryan Cronk is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Water Institute at UNC and a PhD student in the Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering (ESE). During his time at UNC, he has provided technical assistance to WHO and UNICEF on monitoring and evaluating WaSH in the post-2015 development agenda. Specifically, Ryan supported a review on the safety of improved sources (the results of which were published in PLoS Medicine and Tropical Medicine and International Health) and a policy and practice paper on monitoring, standards, and guidelines for WASH in non-household settings, such as schools and health care facilities. His research interests focus on monitoring, evaluation, and learning for equitable, sustainable, and safe delivery of drinking water services in developing countries. Ryan has WaSH-related field experience in ten developing countries across South Asia, Oceania, Central America, and Sub Saharan Africa.

Recent Publications:

  • Cronk, Ryan, and Jamie Bartram. 2015. Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities: Status in low and middle income countries and way forward. Geneva: World Health Organization. http://bit.ly/1O2CKKJ.
  • Cronk, Ryan, Tom Slaymaker, and Jamie Bartram. In press. “Monitoring Drinking Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Non-Household Settings: Priorities for Policy and Practice.” International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2015.03.003.
  • Bartram, Jamie, Ryan Cronk, Maggie Montgomery, Bruce Gordon, Maria Neira, Edward Kelley, and Yael Velleman. 2015. “Lack of toilets and safe water in health-care facilities.” Bulletin of the World Health Organization 93: 210. doi:10.2471/BLT.15.154609.
  • Bain, Robert, Ryan Cronk, Jim Wright, Hong Yang, Tom Slaymaker, and Jamie Bartram. “Fecal contamination of drinking-water in low-and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” PLoS medicine 11, no. 5 (2014): e1001644.
  • Bain, Robert, Ryan Cronk, Rifat Hossain, Sophie Bonjour, Kyle Onda, Jim Wright, Hong Yang et al. “Global assessment of exposure to faecal contamination through drinking water based on a systematic review.” Tropical Medicine & International Health (2014).

Research Interests:

  • drinking-water safety (water quality and sanitary risk)
  • equity in WaSH
  • sustainability of water supplies
  • WaSH in non-household settings (schools, health facilities, workplaces)
Cronk, Ryan