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Nathaniel Mason

Research Associate

Climate and Sustainability

Portrait of Nathaniel Mason

Nathaniel worked as an ODI staff member from 2011 to 2018, latterly as a Senior Fellow, where he led numerous qualitative and quantitative studies for international agencies, NGOs and businesses. He has lived or worked in several countries in South and South East Asia, and in East, West and Southern Africa.

In addition to policy research, Nathaniel has considerable experience in monitoring and evaluation, and in facilitation. He acted as the M&E global focal point for a major water, sanitation and hygiene programme for several years, and has designed and led workshops for policy and practitioner audiences. He regularly presents at international meetings and conferences, and has guest lectured at Imperial College London since 2014.

Prior to joining ODI he worked as a consultant for the World Bank and for WaterAid.

  1. The battle for water - access to water pays double dividends in conflict-affected states

  2. The ‘World We Want’ most, and why. How to make the case for natural resources, post-2015

  3. Water and sanitation pose a difficult task

    Press Release

  4. Uncertain frontiers: mapping new corporate engagement in water security

    Working papers

  5. Achieving water security: lessons from research in water supply, sanitation and hygiene in Ethiopia

    Book/book chapter

  6. Relationships between water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) service delivery and peace-building and state-building: a review of the literature

    Working papers

  7. Examining the role of WASH services within peace- and state- building processes: findings from Tearfund programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of South Sudan

    Research reports

  8. Water security: from abstract concept to meaningful metrics

    Working papers

  9. The private sector’s contribution to water management: re-examining corporate purposes and company roles


  10. Where next for the WEL nexus? Some clues from efforts to integrate in water

  11. Infrastructure service goals after 2015


  12. European Report on Development 2011/2012 - Confronting scarcity: managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth

    Research reports

  13. Progress-Linked Finance: a study of the feasibility and practicality of a proposed WASH financing approach

    Working papers

  14. The water scarcity continuum: from economic to physical

  15. Evidence and engagement: debating the UK Government’s new paradigm for water, sanitation and hygiene research