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Syed Imran Ali

Syed Imran Ali

Research Fellow, Global Health and Humanitarianism

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Dr. Imran Ali is an aid worker and academic focused on humanitarian challenges at the intersection of environment and public health. He has worked in emergency responses and led operational research with Médecins Sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in South Sudan, Pakistan, Jordan, Rwanda, and Uganda. Dr. Ali has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Development Impact Lab and the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Dr. Ali received his doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph and his bachelors in engineering from Queen’s University.


Global Health & Humanitarianism




Humanitarian Water Engineering Course - Winter 2023

Global Health Design: Safe Water Optimization Tools: Ensuring Water Safety & Protecting Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Safe Water Optimization Tool V2 Launch

Humanitarian Water Engineering Course - Fall 2022

Related Work


Student Opportunity SU24 - Humanitarian Sector Water Safety Assurance Best Practices Research Assistant | March 27, 2024

Call for Presentations – 2024 Critical Social Science Perspectives in Global Health Workshop | February 1, 2024

Safe Water Innovation Earns International Praise | January 24, 2024

Recap – Highlights from the Planetary Health Council Launch | January 19, 2024

DIGHR awarded major grant from Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge to help improve safe water and public health in humanitarian crises | January 16, 2024

SWOT Team Brings Data into Action at University of North Carolina Water and Health Conference | November 9, 2023

Dahdaleh Research Fellow Discusses the Humanitarian Consequences of Water Being Cut Off to Gaza in the Washington Post | November 6, 2023

Student Opportunity FW23-24 - Community-Based Participatory Water Quality Monitoring for Safe Water Optimization in the Canadian North | October 13, 2023

York University Leads Water Sustainability Event Featuring Panel of Renowned Experts | July 12, 2023

Applications Open! Humanitarian Water Engineering Online Intensive Course, Fall 2023 | June 28, 2023

Announcing the Winners of the 2023 Seed Grants in Critical Perspectives in Global Health Research | May 8, 2023

Applications Open! Humanitarian Water Engineering Online Intensive Course, Winter 2023 | January 10, 2023

York U researchers’ revamped AI tool makes water dramatically safer in refugee camps | November 4, 2022

DI Researchers Contribute to New Report on Scaling Humanitarian Innovations | November 3, 2022

Check out the SWOT at the UNC Water and Health Conference | October 19, 2022

Hot Off the Press – Modelling residual chlorine in humanitarian response in PLOS WATER | September 6, 2022

Research Fellow Syed Imran Ali Presented the Safe Water Optimization Tool at York’s Academia to Industry (A2I) Event | June 15, 2022

Join us in Fall 2022 for the popular Humanitarian Water Engineering Online Intensive Course at the Dahdaleh Institute | June 8, 2022

Highlighting the SWOT’s Risk-Based Approach at the 2022 Emergency Environmental Health Forum | April 25, 2022

Opportunity: Back-end Developer, Safe Water Optimization Tool Project | May 12, 2021

Safe Water Optimization Tool (SWOT) featured in Compendium of Water Supply Technologies in Emergencies | May 6, 2021

Safe Water Optimization Tool featured as Bold Innovations Helping People in Conflict | April 21, 2021

Opportunity: P/T Junior Developer, Safe Water Optimization Tool Project | January 26, 2021

Opportunity: Technical Advisor - SWOT and Humanitarian Water Engineering | December 15, 2020

New Research Grant: Safe Water Optimization Tool awarded WASH Evidence Challenge Grant from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund/Elrha | December 10, 2020

Virtual Launch of Safe Water Optimization Tool | December 7, 2020

New Publication: Dahdaleh Institute researchers publish groundbreaking study on safe water and public health in refugee camps | November 30, 2020

Dahdaleh Institute Fellow Syed Imran Ali featured on the Globe and Mail as part of their "Stepping Up" series | November 30, 2020

Safe Water Optimization Tool featured in two national magazines | November 16, 2020

Innovative new data analytics technology to help improve access to safe water in refugee camps | November 5, 2020

SWOT at MSF Scientific Days Conference (virtual) | May 11, 2020

Dahdaleh Institute Members Contribute to Doctors Without Borders Internal Newsletter | April 2, 2020

SWOT Second All-Team Meeting Moves Project Forward | February 25, 2020

Opportunity: Junior Developer, Safe Water Optimization Tool | January 15, 2020

Syed Imran Ali Tells Story and Science Behind Child Malnutrition Project | October 29, 2019

Presentation at Health Congress is Latest Dissemination Initiative from CWQ+SAM | September 16, 2019

Project Update: Emergency Data Science | September 4, 2019

Vote for Your Favourite Scientific Days Poster | May 2, 2019

Researchers Publish First-Of-Its-Kind Study in "Water" | April 1, 2019

WASH Project Showcased in London at Humanitarian Innovation Fund Meeting | February 27, 2019

Design is not just a pretty interface - and other lessons from Emergency Data Science | February 20, 2019

Researchers Facilitate Humanitarian Problem-Solving | November 28, 2018

Significant Progress at The Dahdaleh Institute | May 17, 2018

Dr. Imran Ali Presents in Berlin | April 12, 2018

New Grant Awarded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund | February 22, 2018

New Grant Awarded by the CIHR-IPPH | January 31, 2018

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