SanCoP UK

The UK Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) was conceived in the run up to the 2008 International Year of Sanitation in response to a consensus amongst a number of UK institutions to strengthen and develop a vibrant watsan sector in the UK. Since 2008 SanCoP has been convened by WEDC, IWA and BPD through a series of sanitation workshops. From 2014, SanCoP will now be convened by WEDC and Atkins.

The aim is to strengthen the UK sanitation sector and provide a forum for learning and debate. More specifically SanCoP aims to:

  • Share evidence-based knowledge and experience
  • Encourage the participation of younger professionals
  • Stimulate innovation and learning in science, practice learning and exchange of experiences
  • Provide an opportunity for networking, inter-generational learning and mentoring
  • Encourage multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral dialogue

SanCoP events bring together a wide range of professionals with an interest in sanitation from academic and research institutions, NGOs, public and private organisations. Participants’ backgrounds’ include engineering, public health, social and political science, economics and urban development disciplines. SanCoP workshops take place twice a year under Chatham House rules allowing lively debate on topical sanitation issues.

For more information or to join the Sanitation Community of Practice mailing list please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Members will receive updates about forthcoming meetings and UK related sanitation news that may be of interest.

These pages look to provide a database of resources from previously held SanCoP meeting that may be of use to our members with the SanCoP UK LinkedIn page acting as a source for topical debate.

Upcoming events

Will be updated soon.

Events held in 2017

The 19th SanCoP meeting involved a research workshop on Container Based Sanitation. The event was hosted by University College London on Tuesday 6th September 2017, from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

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Events held in 2016

The 18th SanCoP meeting involved a research workshop on WASH in low- and middle-income countries. The event was hosted by WEDC, Loughborough University on Tuesday 27th September 2016, from 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Read the Synopsis of the 18th SanCOP meeting here.

Events held in 2015

17th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: “The next generation of sanitation professionals - skills gaps & curricula”

16th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: What can the UK SanCoP bring to the post 2015 SDG agenda? Learning from progress and failure

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Events held in 2014

14th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: Sanitation in Emergencies

15th Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCoP) Meeting: Faecal Sludge Management, Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

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Events held in 2013

12th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Assessing and Responding to Risk in Sanitation Planning

13th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Behaviour Change in Sanitation

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Events held in 2012

10th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Achieving and Sustaining Scale in Urban Sanitation

11th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Learning from failure in Sanitation

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Events held in 2011

8th Community of Sanitation Practice Meeting Urban Sanitation Planning: How to Think About Scale from the Start?

9th Community of Sanitation Practice Meeting: The Enabling Environment: The pre-requisites for city wide improvements

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Events held in 2010

6th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation in Fragile and Conflict Affected States

7th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Making Sanitation Enterprises Viable?

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Events held in 2009

4th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Changing Behaviour for Better Sanitation

5th Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation for Climate Change and Adaption

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Events held in 2008

1st Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation at the household level in low-income countries

2nd Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation at the neighbourhood level in low income countries

3rd Sanitation Community of Practice Meeting: Sanitation at the urban & policy level in low income countries

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