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#STEMStories: Dr. Dani, Lecturer in Water, Sanitation and Health, UK

#STEMStories: Dr. Dani, Lecturer in Water, Sanitation and Health, UK

1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do?

I’m Dr Dani Barrington. I teach and research on topics related to sanitation and health (think toilets and menstruation). I work with organisations all over the world, including other universities, governments, social enterprises and NGOs.

2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

I always wanted to do something “useful” with my life, to make the world a little bit better in some small way. I studied Environmental Engineering and Chemistry as an undergraduate student, followed by a PhD in Environmental Engineering.

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

Believing that something I do might improve someone’s life in a big or small way.

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

Chocolate and my dog!

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

I have many. Mostly they are happy people who I see doing kickass things at work whilst also balancing their time with their family.

6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM?

  1. Do what interests you
  2. Take every opportunity
  3. Realise that haters gonna hate, so shake it off...

8. How do you measure your success?

By my happiness

9. Where can we find out more about your work?

Via the “Publications” section of my LinkedIn profile: (this includes blog posts and videos, not just academic papers)

10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

Twitter: @Dani_Barrington