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Khumbo Michael Kalulu

University of Malawi

Country: Malawi

Institution: University of Malawi

Area of Research: Improving resource efficiency in treatment of faecal sludge from unplanned settlements of in the cities of Malawi


I am a water and sanitation professional with over 15 years’ experience in academic, government and NGO settings. Currently, I am a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sanitation in the Department of Environmental Health at Polytechnic, University of Malawi. I lecture in water and sanitation modules in MSc programmes in the faculties of Engineering and Applied Sciences in the University of Malawi. The content of these modules ranges from technical aspects (designing of water, sanitation and wastewater treatment systems), and economic, environmental and public health considerations; and social aspects (the approaches to reach out and engage the communities) for the systems. I hold a BSc in Civil Engineering obtained from University of Malawi, a Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management obtained from University of Dar es Salaam (specializing in Water and Sanitation) and a Master of Business Administration from ESAMI/Maastricht. I did PhD in Applied Sciences (Environmental Sanitation) with University of Malawi focusing on development of an intensified decentralised faecal sludge treatment (DEFAST) system for treatment of faecal sludge from informal settlements in the cities of Malawi. My post PhD aspirations are to research on affordable water and sanitation systems to ensure that the urban poor have access to safely managed water and sanitation. I am experienced in conducting formative research, baseline surveys, mid-term evaluations, end-term evaluations, audits and context analyses in water supply, sanitation, hygiene, occupations safety and health, environmental and social impact assessment and climate change. These assignments have been done on behalf of government, NGOs and private institutions.