Sarah Nelson

Climate Change and Water Policy Scientist

Sarah joined ESR in 2022 as a climate change and water policy scientist. Her focus is on water, public health and climate change projects within the Pacific Islands.

Day to day Sarah works with stakeholders on water projects in the Pacific, including a Water Sector Policy and Strategy Development project in Tonga. This involves reviewing and mapping water resources and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) legislation, and policy and strategy mapping to find out who does what and what each department or organisation’s role and responsibility is.

Travelling to Tonga and engaging with key stakeholders about the water resources and WASH legislation has been a highlight of Sarah’s time at ESR.

Before joining ESR Sarah completed a PhD in Water Management and Health in Fiji from the University of Sydney. Prior to that she worked in the UK at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in maternal and newborn health projects across Asia and Africa.

Sarah is based in Wellington.