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I am an Assistant Professor of GeoHealth in the Department of Earth Observation Science at the Faculty ITC, University of Twente. My research focuses on water- and health-related infrastructure, knowledge and behaviour.

I consider water and health challenges, such as water-related infectious disease exposure and provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, from a broader nexus perspective. That includes, for example, implications of inequality, extreme weather events, education and cultural context. I am interested in local knowledge, perspectives and perceptions of water- and health-related challenges and in understanding how such local and contextualized knowledge can be used to inform public health planning, decision-making and interventions.

I conduct empirical mixed methods research from local to global level, across different sectors and with different stakeholders, and collaborate with international organizations, governments and research institutes globally. My regional focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa (esp. Kenya, Namibia), South Pacific (esp. Fiji, Solomon Islands) and Latin America (esp. Brazil, Peru).

Prior to joining ITC, I conducted postdoctoral studies at the Water Institute, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, leading research on water, sanitation, hygiene (SDG 6) and health monitoring in households, schools and healthcare facilities in the context of extreme weather events in Fiji, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, funded by UNICEF and in close collaboration with the governments of the three countries (2018-2020). I gained my PhD at the GeoHealth Centre at the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, University of Bonn, where I investigated water-related health risks and disease exposures that wetland users, including farmers and nomadic pastoralists, in East Africa are facing, their risk perceptions and their health-related behaviours (2013-2017).

Throughout my career, I conducted consulting projects on water and health with the United Nations (UNICEF, WHO), and with adelphi, GIZ and others.  

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bonn

Nov 2013Jun 2017

Award Date: 10 Oct 2017

Master, University of Bonn

Apr 2007Aug 2012

Award Date: 22 Aug 2012

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Edinburgh, UK

Apr 2020Aug 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNC, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Mar 2018Jul 2020

Consultant at World Health Organization Nigeria, World Health Organization

Nov 2017Mar 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Federal Environmental Agency, Germany

Oct 2017Dec 2017

Consultant at adelphi consult GmbH, Germany, Adelphi consult GmbH

Mar 2017Jul 2017

Associate Researcher at Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, University of Bonn, Germany, University of Bonn

Nov 2013Jul 2017

Consultant at Working Group on Peace & Development, Germany, Working Group on Peace & Development

Mar 2013Jul 2013

Intern at Médecins Sans Frontières, Germany , Médecins Sans Frontières

Mar 2011Jun 2011

Intern at Mekong River Commission (MRC), and German Corporation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Mekong River Commission (MRC), and German Corporation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

Jul 2010Nov 2010

Intern at Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Eenhana, Namibia, Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Feb 2010May 2010

Research Assistant at United Nations University Department for Environment & Human Security, Germany, United Nations University Department for Environment & Human Security

Feb 2010May 2010

Research Assistant at Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany, Center for Development Research

Sep 2009Aug 2013

Intern at Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), Germany, Federal Agency for Technical Relief

Feb 2008May 2008

Keywords

  • G Geography (General)
  • Medical geography
  • Development research
  • GeoHealth

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