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Wells Robert Utembe

University of Malawi

Country: Malawi

Institution: University of Malawi

Area of Research: Health risk assessment exposure to children in Blantyre, Malawi.


Wells is a Cohort 1 CARTA fellow from the University of Malawi, Department of Physics and Biochemical Sciences. He was registered for his PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). His work focuses on the 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).
He holds a Masters degree in environmental science from the University of Putra Malaysia and a BSc (Hons) degree in Chemistry from the University of Malawi. He joined the teaching staff of the University of Malawi (Malawi Polytechnic) in 2000, where he has taught courses such 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.

He believes that the 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.