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Ben Cartwright (United Kingdom)

Ben Cartwright

Lead civil engineer and project engineer

Nuclear decommissioning site


Master of Integrated Water Management
(with IWC Scholarship and Rotary's Foundation Global Grants Scholarship)


Graduated in 2015



"I have a practical approach to work so saw the problem-based learning as very suited to me, and I liked the idea of studying with a multi-national group of people, so this all further reinforced my decision."

After graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from Cardiff University in 2000, Ben began his professional career in the commercial and consultancy side of construction. He has worked across a spectrum of disciplines and projects in the construction industry in the UK and abroad. He also worked with humanitarian agencies delivering water and infrastructure projects in Afghanistan and Sudan. These roles also led to short-term consultancy roles in Kenya and later in Sudan.

"I have always wanted to develop myself to fulfil my professional potential, and after working with humanitarian agencies I knew that it was in this field that I gained the most job satisfaction and personal fulfilment. Consequently I knew that this was a career path I would like to pursue, and decided to invest in my further education and professional development so that I could go on and work on more humanitarian projects."


Why did you choose this program?

From personal experience I have developed the belief that it is necessary to have an integrated approach to resource management. I sought a program that upheld this belief and provided a learning experience across a range of disciplines. The MIWM program aligned with how I believe water resources should be managed and was also delivered in a practical, interactive way with many problem-based projects that applied learning to real-life situations. I also liked the idea of studying in Australia and having the opportunity to see another side of the world and meet other international students.


What were the best parts of the program and why?

The best part of the program was the cross-section of students from all parts of the world who brought their own experiences and knowledge to share. This exposure to an international range of cultures broadened my own knowledge and enriched the learning experience during interactive sessions and group work. I am glad to say that I have a network of friends and colleagues from around the world who I will stay in contact with personally, and who I can also call upon in a professional capacity.

How do you plan to use what you’ve learned in either your current job or future career?

The MIWM has helped me develop the tools I need to understand the complex nature of water management from local to global scales. I will be able to use these tools to bring a more holistic view to how I am involved in water and project management. I hope that this approach will make a positive difference to meeting some of the challenges the world faces in management of its resources now and in the future.


Ben's final project:

Improving accountability in water and sanitation service provision in the context of WaterAid’s work in Nepal



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