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Current Projects

WHD researchers work to create the knowledge, skills and solutions needed to support effective management of water and wastes, and to ensure sustained, equitable access to water supply and sanitation services. Our research addresses issues such as water quality and quantity, sanitation and hygiene, health and resource recovery for energy and food production. 

Research Area: Infrastructure policy & planning
WHD researcher Steve Luby and colleagues in this multi-university project are taking a new approach to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6: clean water and sanitation for all. Working with communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions the team is co-designing location-specific solutions that integrate green infrastructure, such as constructed wetlands, to strengthen the whole-of-life water and sanitation cycle cross 24 settlements in Fiji and Indonesia.
Research Area: Sanitation & wastewater
The need for sustainable, clean water sources is being acutely felt in western Uganda as healthcare facilities are facing Ebola. While WASH infrastructure is necessary, adequate training of staff, administrative commitment to WASH promotion, integration with infection prevention and control strategies, and reliable supply chains also factor into improving the safety of healthcare facility environments. We aim to create improved, sustainable, and scalable WASH services in Ugandan healthcare facilities.