Sustainability of sanitation behaviour change in low- and middle-income countries

An estimated 2.4 billion people globally still lack access to an improved sanitation facility. A sanitation target was included but not achieved in the MDGs, and the subsequent SDGs include an ambitious target to eliminate open defecation worldwide and ensure the entire world population has access to adequate sanitation by 2030. This project will focus specifically on factors and processes underlying the sustainability of sanitation behaviour change in low- and middle-income countries. It will adopt a contextually-sensitive perspective to investigate sanitation dynamics within a broader WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) nexus. It has the ambition of bridging two distinct perspectives in current sanitation research, including the focus on micro-level behavioural and infrastructural determinants (predominant in public-health research) and on structural political-economy and political-ecology drivers of sanitation change (as in recent critical sanitation research). The research will consist of both field research that follows up on our previous work in India and Ethiopia and desk research, including work on project proposals and reviews. Candidates with strong interdisciplinary capabilities eager to combine social- and environmental-science approaches and methodologies are particularly welcome.

  • Type: STARS
  • Supervisor: Josef Novotný
  • Programme: Social Geography and Regional Science
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: October 1, 2019
  • Application deadline: 16th March 2019 (consulting with the tutor in advance is strongly recommended)
  • Funding: 20.500 CZK (800 EUR) + (additional 2.000 CZK once the doctoral examination is successfully passed). The scholarship is guaranteed for the four years of the PhD study period.