Dr Sally Cawood

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Global Challenges Research Fellow, Dr Sally Cawood, will be leading a project with WaterAid to improve the lives of sanitation workers in India and Bangladesh.

About Dr Sally Cawood's research:

"Over the next two years, I will be working with the non-governmental organization (NGO) WaterAid to explore the lives, and livelihoods of sanitation workers involved in sewer, drain, latrine, septic tank cleaning and emptying in towns and cities across India and Bangladesh.

"Part of a global movement to recognise the rights of sanitation workers, the project will focus on potential pathways out of hazardous forms of sanitation work, and ways in which workers navigate insecurity and hazards in their daily lives".

"The fellowship is a fantastic opportunity to work directly with meaningful partners, such as WaterAid, on important global challenges. It also enables me to work with interdisciplinary teams in USP, SPERI, SIID and Engineering, and embed myself in a University that prides itself on excellence. I am delighted to be awarded this fellowship, and see it as a critical step for me to continue developing as a reflexive, impact and partner-oriented academic. I can’t wait to get started!

"Within the fellowship, I’m most looking forward to visiting WaterAid in Delhi and Dhaka. During these visits, I will work directly with colleagues to build detailed insights into the lives and priorities of sanitation workers. I’m also looking forward to co-writing conference presentations, papers and blogs with colleagues, so watch this space!"

Email: s.cawood@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Sally Cawood