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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

Studying at Cambridge


Amy Waller

I have worked as a Civil Engineer in both project management and technical management roles on major infrastructure projects since 2013. I have spent time at Crossrail, Gatwick Airport and Network Rail working in structural, tunnelling and rail disciplines. In 2020 I left my most recent role as Engineering Manager on the Crossrail Whitechapel station to begin my PhD at Cambridge.

My interest in engineering's aptitude for development has grown throughout my career, leading to my Masters degree in Engineering for International Development which I completed in 2019 at UCL. Throughout this I focused on the relationship between WASH and stunting in children under 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa, and continue to be interested in this subject. 

My PhD explores infrastructure as a facilitator to deliver services required to meet the needs of the poor in developing countries. My research looks at determining and prioritising need; physical, service and social forms of infrastructure; and the surrounding enabling environment including the political economy, social dimensions and the natural environment. It aims to understand the relationships between these factors and their role in the success or failure of infrastructure projects in developing countries. Ultimately, my research aims to identify opportunities for intervention to optimally design and implement future projects to meet contextual needs.