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40th WEDC International Conference – papers now online

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Welcome to our new cohort of international students starting today on our Water and Waste Engineering and Water and Environmental Management MSc programmes.

Urban sanitation – publications attracting much interest

With the resurgence of interest in urban sanitation with respect to domestic, peri-domestic and city-wide planning, implementation and management, we have noticed that our publications on urban land tenure and sanitation are attracting a lot of interest. Read them here !

Scott, P., Cotton, A. P., & Sohail, M. (2015). Using tenure to build a “sanitation cityscape”: narrowing decisions for targeted sanitation interventions. Environment and Urbanization, Vol 27(2), 1-18.

Scott, P., Cotton, A. P., Sohail, M. (2013) Tenure security and household investment decisions for urban sanitation: the case of Dakar, Senegal, Habitat International, 40, pp.58-64. 

NEW PUBLICATION: 'Disaster Risk Reduction for the Built Environment'

Lee Bosher and Ksenia Chmutina

Between 2010 and 2015 the world experienced 530 disaster events that affected 140 million people, killed 78 thousand people and caused US$151bn in damages, figures that are testament to the massive (and increasingly) negative impacts that disasters have globally.

This book from Wileys by WEDC staff Lee Bosher and Ksenia Chmutina of the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University provides a multi-facetted introduction to how a wide range of risk reduction options can be mainstreamed into formal and informal construction decision making processes, so that Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) can become part of the ‘developmental DNA’.

The contents highlight the positive roles that practitioners such as civil and structural engineers, urban planners and designers, and architects (to name just a few) can undertake to ensure that disaster risk is addressed when (re)developing the built environment.

The book does not set out prescriptive (‘context blind’) solutions to complex problems because such solutions can invariably generate new problems. Instead it raises awareness, and in doing so, inspires a broad range of people to consider DRR in their work or everyday practices.

This highly-illustrated text book provides a broad range of examples, case studies and thinking points that can help the reader to consider how DRR approaches might be adapted for differing contexts.

This publication will be available from June.

ISBN: 978-1-118-92149-4

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NEW: WEDC notes on WASH for smartphones and tablets

This collection of illustrated mobile notes on aspects of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in low- and middle-income countries has been designed for people on the move.

Composed especially for smartphones and tablets, they can be read online or downloaded free of charge.

The link takes you to the list of currently available titles including the WHO Technical Notes on Drinking-water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Emergencies.

Bookmark the link on your phone as the list updates periodically when new notes are added to the collection.

NEW: Water sampling and analysis – A series of four films


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