Colloquium: Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Challenges in India and Bangladesh: A Critical Reflection

2019 Sep 13, Friday
Seminar Hall, 10th Floor, Pixel A (Azim Premji University)

About the Lecture

This two-part guest seminar will cover key challenges in access to, and management of urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure and services in India and Bangladesh. After a brief introduction, the first part of the seminar will focus on Sally’s PhD research in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the role of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in managing water and sanitation infrastructure in low-income, informal (slum) settlements. The second part will then focus on Sally’s current post-doctoral research on (female) sanitation workers in India and Bangladesh, with WaterAid. Sally will outline how men and women involved in cleaning and emptying latrines, septic tanks, drains and sewers fill the infrastructure and service gaps in many towns and cities, with negative implications for health, dignity and broader wellbeing. The seminar will include time for questions and discussion, so please share your thoughts!

About the Speaker

Dr Sally Cawood is a Global Challenges Fellow at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, UK. Sally completed her PhD at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. Sally’s research areas include; urban water, sanitation and hygiene; gender and participation; CBOs and urban social movements; housing and land tenure insecurity and labour rights. Sally is currently leading a Global Challenges Research Funded project on paid and unpaid work in urban sanitation, with WaterAid UK, India and Bangladesh.