Water and Development

water, sanitation and hygiene

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation are recognized in the Millennium Development Goals as key contributors to human health and welfare. Hygienic practices are also crucially important to prevent the spread of diarrheal disease, a major cause of childhood mortality. Appropriate management of excreta protects the environment and can allow for the recovery of nutrients and energy.


November 19, 2019

It's World Toilet Day today. What may sound curious is intended to draw attention to a serious problem. Because worldwide, one in three people lack access to appropriate sanitation. In the Blue Diversion Autarky project, researchers are developing an off-grid toilet, with on-site treatment allowing valuable resources to be recovered.

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July 30, 2019

Ebola is a deadly viral infection that has so far mainly been present in Central and West Africa. Many people in those regions are either unfamiliar with the disease, do not believe in it, or don’t know how to prevent infection. For this reason, UNICEF was active in The Gambia, West Africa, among other places, between 2014 and 2016, running information campaigns on how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Read more


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Scientific publications

Binz, C.; Coenen, L.; Murphy, J. T.; Truffer, B. (2020) Geographies of transition - from topical concerns to theoretical engagement: a commentary on the transitions research agenda, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 34, 1-3, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2019.11.002, Institutional Repository
van Welie, M. J.; Truffer, B.; Yap, X.-S. (2019) Towards sustainable urban basic services in low-income countries: a Technological Innovation System analysis of sanitation value chains in Nairobi, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 33, 196-214, doi:10.1016/j.eist.2019.06.002, Institutional Repository
Kuller, M.; Bach, P. M.; Roberts, S.; Browne, D.; Deletic, A. (2019) A planning-support tool for spatial suitability assessment of green urban stormwater infrastructure, Science of the Total Environment, 686, 856-868, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.051, Institutional Repository
Cassivi, A.; Guilherme, S.; Bain, R.; Tilley, E.; Waygood, E. O. D.; Dorea, C. (2019) Drinking water accessibility and quantity in low and middle-income countries: a systematic review, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 222(7), 1011-1020, doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2019.06.011, Institutional Repository
Daniel, D.; Diener, A.; Pande, S.; Jansen, S.; Marks, S.; Meierhofer, R.; Bhatta, M.; Rietveld, L. (2019) Understanding the effect of socio-economic characteristics and psychosocial factors on household water treatment practices in rural Nepal using Bayesian belief networks, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 222(5), 847-855, doi:10.1016/j.ijheh.2019.04.005, Institutional Repository
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