Anh Tran


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Dr. Anh Tran is a Senior Lecturer in Humanitarian Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, Environments and Computing. She is also the head of research for the UNESCO UNITWIN Network of Humanitarian Engineering, in which Coventry University is the global lead institution.

Prior to this post, she worked at Flinders University and the University of South Australia as a lecturer and research assistant. She received a BEng (Honours) and a Ph.D degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Queensland. She also has more than 10 years’ experience in international development work in South-east Asia, South Asia, South America and Africa and remote Indigenous Australian communities. Her projects focused on a holistic approach to community development around water, sanitation, renewable energy, waste management, education and community empowerment.

Research Interests

Anh’s research in humanitarian engineering focusses on renewable energy, sustainable waste management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), agriculture, humanitarian applications of 3D printing and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs i.e. drones) and social entrepreneurship, applied to both developed and developing countries. She is also interested in engineering education.

Her research projects are:

  • Renewable energy systems for off-grid communities in challenging environments and context
  • Development of user-driven control of community renewable energy micro-grid systems using wireless sensor network
  • Low-energy drinking water filtration system with nanopore membranes
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy to assess water quality in areas of poor sanitation and disaster relief
  • Floating biodigesters – a renewable energy, waste and sanitation solution for communities living on the water and the social enterprise models to bring this technology to market
  • 3D printing and scanning for surgical visual aid in developing countries 
  • Humanitarian drones for disaster relief - thermal imaging for search and rescue,
  • Global competencies and intercultural awareness of engineers
  • STEM outreach education to raise aspiration
  • Engineering Education 

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university organization Social Sciences
Sanitation Engineering & Materials Science
water power Agriculture & Biology
precision agriculture Agriculture & Biology
Nepal Agriculture & Biology
networking Social Sciences
UNO Social Sciences
Engineering education Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2016 2018

  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Conference proceeding

A study of micro-hydropower plants in Nepal: Sustainability from technical, economic and social perspectives

Butchers, J., Williamson, S., Booker, J., Tran, A. L. H., Gautam, B. & Bikram Karki, P. 29 Mar 2018 5 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

water power
social problems

Precision agriculture using remote monitoring systems in Brazil

Filev Maia, R., Tran, A. L. H. & Netto, I. 19 Oct 2017 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference 2017 Conference Proceedings . IEEE, Vol. (in press), p. (in press) 6 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

precision agriculture
sensors (equipment)
Open Access
university organization