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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 

PhD Project

1) Novel Energy Infrastructure Planning Model for Humanitarian Context (Self-funded and/or support funding applications)

Large influx of humanitarian aid and resources are provided within a very short timeframe to respond to the humanitarian crisis with security, food, water and health prioritised before other needs such as energy provision for refugees. This lack of energy planning becomes an issues as these temporary cities become protracted crisis with an estimated average duration of 26 years for the 32 protracted refugee situations leading to long-term problems of energy dependency and disempowerment for the refugees and lost economic opportunities of surrounding local communities. This project aims to develop a novel Energy Infrastructure Planning (EIP) model for the humanitarian refugee and displacement context to support decision-making that utilises lessons learnt from infrastructure and mining sectors that exhibit large, rapid injection of cash and resources and complex stakeholder networks.

2) Decision-making of Sustainable Energy Products and Services in Humanitarian Context (Self-funded and/or support funding applications)

The role of sustainable sources of energy in providing energy services for refugee protection is a critical area for innovation and scale-up. While the focus within refugee camps is often on solar energy (due to the advanced nature of this technology and the natural solar resource available in many developing countries), there are increasing opportunities for the use of renewable biomass and biogas, wind generators, micro-hydro, geothermal, LPG, and waste recycling. Similarly, renewable mini-grids and hybrid solutions are often proposed as options for enabling flexible solutions that can be supplied quickly and efficiently in humanitarian emergencies. This project aims to understand existing models and approaches of procurement of humanitarian organisations for sustainable energy and services including innovative financing to improve effectiveness and efficiencies in operations. The students will work with large international humanitarian organisation and innovative companies in this field.

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water power Agriculture & Biology
Nepal Agriculture & Biology
Engineering education Engineering & Materials Science
university organization Social Sciences
engineering Social Sciences
Sanitation Engineering & Materials Science
economic factors Agriculture & Biology
precision agriculture Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2016 2019

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Conference proceeding
  • 2 Paper
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Article

A Study of Technical, Economic and Social Factors Affecting Micro-Hydropower Plants in Nepal

Butchers, J., Williamson, S., Booker, J., Tran, A. L. H., Gautam, B. & Bikram Karki, P. 7 Jan 2019 2018 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC). IEEE, 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Open Access
economic factors
water power

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: Contribution to conferencePaper

water power
social problems

Research impacts of humanitarian engineering for society, with society

Tran, A. L. H. 2018 (In preparation) On My Own: Impact and the ECR.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review of Humanitarian Action and Development Engineering Education Programs

Smith, J., Tran, A. L. H. & Compston, P. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Engineering Education. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Engineering education
Sustainable development

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

precision agriculture
sensors (equipment)

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Editorial activity

Journal of Humanitarian Engineering (Journal)

Tran, A. (Associate Editor)

Activity: Editorial activity