Leslie Morris-Iveson

Leslie is a PlanAdapt Fellow, based in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Leslie is a water sector specialist with over 20 years experience in policy and programming including adaptation programming in the water sector. After spending 10 years in field based and national roles throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, she now specialises in water policy support, particularly with regard to global challenges and risks that affect water availability and supply. She has first hand experience in both responding to water risks as the water sector coordinator in national and sub-national contexts; and experience at the global, regional and national level, pursuing the productive potential of water for marginalized populations.

Leslie’s earlier career was spent working with UNICEF as a WASH Specialist in various countries and roles in community and national level water supply. Following working as the Global Water Policy Advisor at Oxfam GB, she initiated her consultancy focussing solely on global or regional processes, undertaking a number of strategic, projects with clients including The World Bank, WaterAid UK, WWF UK, Greenpeace International, UNDP and SIWI/Water Governance Facility. She has recently completed a suite of guidance and advocacy documents on water scarcity in relation to climate change adaptation for UNICEF (NYHQ and Middle East region), which has included developing programme options for responding to water scarcity, and addressing the growing threat of urban water shortages.

​She is currently co-editing a book for the International Water Association (IWA) on the topic of resilience in water supply, looking into adaptation measures for the water supply sector. She is also an Associate Lecturer and an Honorary Associate of Oxford Brookes University Impact Assessment Research Group, and serves a number of peer-review boards for major proposals and editorial reviews. Leslie is a Chartered Environmentalist (C.Env.) and member of the International Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (MIEMA).

Leslie has an undergrad degree in Urban and Regional Planning (Environmental Studies) and a Master of Arts in Environment, Development and Policy.

For more information, see Leslie’s LinkedIn page.