Funded PhD position on Sustainability of sanitation (behaviour) change in low- and middle-income countries at Charles University, Prague

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Funded PhD position on Sustainability of sanitation (behaviour) change in low- and middle-income countries at Charles University, Prague

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Deadline for application
March 15, 2019

Project summary
Unsafe management of human faecal waste represents a major risk for public and environmental health. In 2015, an estimated 2.3 billion people did not have access to improved sanitation facilities and the global SDGs contain an ambitious target of ensuring access to adequate sanitation for all by 2030. Despite increasing toilet coverage rates, the sustainability of sanitation (behaviour) change has emerged as a crucial challenge that may prevent expected health and non-health benefits of improved sanitation to materialize. This PhD project will address this challenge. It will adopt a contextually-sensitive perspective to investigate sanitation dynamics. It has an ambition to bridge two distinct perspectives in current sanitation research including the focus on micro-level behavioural and infrastructural determinants (predominant in public-health research) and on the structural political-economy and political-ecology drivers of sanitation change (as in recent critical sanitation research). The research will consist of both field research following up on our previous work in India and Ethiopia (focus on another low- or middle- income country is also possible) and desk research including work on projects’ proposals and reviews. Candidates with strong interdisciplinary capabilities eager to combine social- and environmental-science approaches and methodologies are particularly welcome.


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