Biogas from toilet waste in Nepal

Dr Jen Dickie and her PhD student Natalie Boyd Williams travelled to Nepal in August to interview users of domestic toilet-linked anaerobic digesters.  It is estimated that 2.5 billion people, mostly in Asia, use traditional biomass fuels such as wood, animal dung (dung cakes) and crop residue. Each year, close to 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices…

Six lessons from fieldwork in Malawi

I recently got back to Scotland after spending 5 months in Blantyre, Malawi, doing data collection for my PhD. It was great to get out in the field and start gathering data and talking to people, after months of sitting at a desk in Stirling. That said, fieldwork can easily throw up unexpected challenges, and feel overwhelming and hard to manage…