Faculty and Staff

Jamie Bartram


Director of the Water Institute

Don and Jennifer Holzworth
Distinguished Professor
Gillings School of Global Public Health
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill

Jamie works at the interfaces of water (including sanitation and hygiene) and health – especially the links between science, policy and practice, in both developing and developed countries. His interests include technologies for urban sanitation renewal; management systems for drinking-water safety and rural drinking-water supply; emerging issues (including water scarcity and climate change) and their impacts on sustainability; health system activities on water, sanitation and hygiene; and sector capacity issues such as monitoring, the costs and impacts of interventions and effective regulation and financing. He was awarded the IWA (International Water Association) ‘Grand Award’ in 2004 and has held Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bristol and Surrey, UK. Dr. Bartram has over 30 years’ experience in international policy, research and advisory work in public health and disease prevention, especially in environment and health and water supply and sanitation, and in more than 60 developing and developed countries worldwide. He is author of 300 academic papers, books and book chapters on aspects of global monitoring, water supply, sanitation and hygiene. He was the first chair of UN-Water and served for 10 years as coordinator of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization headquarters where he led reform of its international monitoring and standard-setting activities and the development of a series of influential communities of practice.

Profile Information
Selected Projects
Selected Publications
  • Comparative evaluation of risk management frameworks for US source waters. 2019. K Setty, R Raucher, R McConnell, and J Bartram. AWWA Water Science. doi.10.1002/aws2.1125.
  • The Enabling Environment for Participation in Water and Sanitation: A Conceptual Framework. Alejandro Jiménez, Hélène LeDeunff, Ricard Giné, Johanna Sjödin, Ryan Cronk, Sofia Murad, Marina Takane, and Jamie Bartram. 2019. Water, Volume 11, Issue 308. doi:10.3390/w11020308.
  • Policy review of the means of implementation targets and indicators for the sustainable development goal for water and sanitation. Jamie Bartram, Clarissa Brocklehurst, David Bradley, Mike Muller, BE Evans. 2018. npj Clean Water, 1(1). 3. ISSN 2059-7037.
  • Environmental conditions in health care facilities in low-and middle-income countries: coverage and inequalities. Ryan Cronk, Jamie Bartram. 2018. International journal of hygiene and environmental health, Volume 221: 409-422. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2018.01.004.
  • Seasonality, water use and community management of water systems in rural settings: Qualitative evidence from Ghana, Kenya, and Zambia. Emma Kelly, Katherine F Shields, Ryan Cronk, Kristen Lee, Nikki Behnke, Tori Klug, Jamie Bartram. 2018. Science of the Total Environment, Volume 628: 715-721. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.02.045.
  • Community-led total sanitation: a mixed-methods systematic review of evidence and its quality. Vidya Venkataramanan, Jonny Crocker, Andrew Karon, Jamie Bartram. 2018. Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 126: Issue 2. doi.org/10.1289/EHP1965.
  • Sanitation marketing: A systematic review and theoretical critique using the capability approach. DJ Barrington, S Sridharan, KF Shields, SG Saunders, RT Souter, J Bartram. 2017. Social Science & Medicine, Volume 194: 128-134. doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.10.021.
  • The true costs of participatory sanitation: Evidence from community-led total sanitation studies in Ghana and Ethiopia. Jonny Crocker, Darren Saywell, Katherine F Shields, Pete Kolsky, Jamie Bartram. 2017. Science of the Total Environment, Volume 601: 1075-1083. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.279.
  • Building capacity for water, sanitation, and hygiene programming: training evaluation theory applied to CLTS management training in Kenya. Jonny Crocker, Katherine F. Shields, Vidya Venkataramanan, Darren Saywell, and Jamie Bartram. 2016. Social Science & Medicine 166: 66-76. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.08.008.
  • Impact evaluation of training natural leaders during a Community-Led Total Sanitation intervention: a cluster-randomized field trial in Ghana. Jonny Crocker, Elvis Abodoo, Daniel Asamani, William Domapielle, Benedict Gyapong, and Jamie Bartram. 2016. Environmental Science & Technology 50(16): 8867-8875. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b01557.
  • Assessing progress towards public health, human rights, and international development goals using frontier analysis. Jeanne Luh, Ryan Cronk, and Jamie Bartram. 2016. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0147663. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147663.
  • Global Monitoring of Water Supply and Sanitation: A critical review of history, methods, and future challenges. Jamie Bartram, Clarissa Brocklehurst, Mike Fisher, Rolf Luyendijk, Rifat Hossain, Tessa Wardlaw, and Bruce Gordon.  Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 8137-8165; doi:10.3390/ijerph110808137.
Email: Jamie Bartram