Sustainable Development

The ESHH lab works on topics related to sustainable development through research projects covering:

  • Sustainable livelihood strategies
  • Water and sanitation infrastructure
  • Air and water pollution
  • Rural energy

Our sustainable development research portfolio aims to improve the health, well-being, and living environments of communities in low and middle income countries. Our research utilises participatory methodologies and is guided by targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals.



rq-ppProfessor Richard Quilliam
Professor of Environment and Health


oliverDr David Oliver
Associate Professor


me.jpgDr Heather Price


jen dickieDr Jennifer Dickie


profile-picture-4.jpgHeather Purshouse
PhD Student



Natalie Boyd Williams
PhD Student




Opportunities and barriers for recovering value from faecal sludge in African cities

The role of human excreta in building sustainable rural futures

Value-added marketing of mangrove oysters as an alternative livelihoods strategy for female gatherers in Sierra Leone

The temporal dynamics of water access and quality in the slums of Blantyre, Malawi


Selected Publications

Price, H., Adams, E., Quilliam, R. (2019). The difference a day can make: the temporal dynamics of drinking water access and quality in urban slums. Science of the Total Environment, 671, 818-826DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.03.355

Adams, E., Price, H., Stoler, J. (2019) Urban slums, drinking water and health: trends and lessons from sub-Saharan Africa. In: Handbook of Global Urban Health, Routledge (in press).

Bahaj, A., Blunden, L., Kanani, C., James, P., Kiva, I., Matthews, Z., Price, H.,Essendi, H., Falkingham, J., George, G. (2019). The Impact of an Electrical Mini-grid on the Development of a Rural Community in Kenya. Energies. 12(5): 778. DOI: 10.3390/en12050778