Wells Robert Utembe

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Wells Robert Utembe is a Cohort 1 CARTA fellow from the University of Malawi, Department of Physics and Biochemical Sciences. He is registered for his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health. His PhD research topic is: Health risk assessment exposure to children in Blantyre, Malawi.

Mr. Wells Utembe is currently finalizing his PhD studies in population and public health at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he is based at the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). His work focuses on effects of chemicals on humans and the environment, and he has conducted research and published on pesticides, nanomaterials, lead, toxicological risk assessment and environmental impact assessment (EIA).

Mr. Utembe holds a Masters degree in environmental science from University Putra Malaysia and a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from University of Malawi. Mr. Utembe joined the teaching staff of the University of Malawi (Malawi Polytechnic) in 2000, where he has provided lectures in such courses as EIA, water treatment, environmental chemistry, material sciences and chemistry. At the Malawi Polytechnic he has also undertaken research and provided consultancy services in climate change, EIA and environmental auditing.

Mr. Utembe believes that responsible use of chemicals and natural resources, and adequate consideration of impacts of major projects to surrounding communities and environment play important roles in sustainable development.