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Geography Professor Part of Research Team on Waste and Sanitation in Uganda

The Swedish Research Council announced November 3, 2015, it will fund a multi-disciplinary team from Sweden, Uganda, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. to develop crucial knowledge about urban infrastructure challenges in Africa and the developing world. Mary Lawhon, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography, is part of the research team that will focus on waste and sanitation in Uganda.

The project will use a political-ecological framework to understand sustainable transitions based on everyday experiences among the poor, while linking to higher-level policy levels and regional discussions.

The World Bank estimates that Uganda loses a net $177 million (USD) every year due to poor sanitation, which contributes to 23,000 annual deaths, including many youth and women, and around 3,000 cases of cholera. Only 40% of household receive solid waste services in Kampala, the nation’s capital.