Dr Catherine Grasham

Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Security and Society (Social Scientist)


Catherine Fallon Grasham is a social scientist who specialises in water security in Ethiopia. She has been working in Ethiopia since 2009 and has a keen understanding of the country’s water sector and recent demographic change. She currently leads the social science research in the Awash River basin, Ethiopia, for REACH: Improving water security for the poor, an interdisciplinary research programme. With mixed research methods, her work addresses the interconnectedness of water, politics and human development with a particular focus on highlighting the voices of the poor. She holds a PhD in Water Security and International Development from the University of East Anglia (2018) and was a PhD fellow with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in Addis Ababa from 2014-15. Catherine’s wider research interests include, but are not limited to, gender, WASH and rural development.