Donald John MacAllister

Dr Donald John MacAllister

International development hydrogeologist
BGS Edinburgh


I have a passion for sustainable and equitable water resource management for people and environment, and have a particular interest in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and groundwater resources in middle and low income countries. I have worked in India, Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi) and the Middle-East (Israel and Gaza).

Donald John MacAllister’s Biography

  • 2012 – 2016 : PhD Hydrogeology and hydrogeophysics, Imperial College London.
  • 2009 – 2010 : MSc Water Management – Community Water and Sanitation (WASH) stream, Cranfield University
  • 2004 – 2008 : BSc (Hons) Geophysics, The University of Edinburgh

Research interests

  • Groundwater in low and middle income countries, especially in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Groundwater and WASH, including groundwater and its relationship to sanitation.
  • Hydrogeophysics, especially self-potential methods in hydrogeology.
  • Coastal hydrogeology.

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2017 – ongoing : UPGRo Hidden Crisis, which aims to develop a robust evidence base for the large-scale status of rural hand pumped borehole groundwater supply functionality in Ethiopia, Uganda and Malawi.

Professional associations

  • Fellow of the Geological Society
  • Member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists

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