Ms Cecilia Alda-Vidal

Research Associate

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Cecilia is a PhD Student in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. Her PhD project explores the everydayness of wastewater and sanitation infrastructures in Lilongwe, Malawi. She takes an everyday life approach to learn from the ordinary interactions of people with urban infrastructures, their experiences and practices. The project seeks to understand how inequalities in access to sanitary infrastructures are produced and the impact of those inequalities on the day-to-day sanitation and hygiene routines of the residents of Lilongwe’s Low Income Areas. Her research builds on global South urbanisms, feminist political ecology and postdevelopmental analyses of sanitation and hygiene.

Cecilia holds a MSc in Water Management (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education), an MA in International Development and Cooperation (University of Granada), and a BSc in Environmental Sciences (URJC). Prior to commencing her PhD she has worked and conducted research in different water and sanitation projects in development contexts. Her countries of work include Mozambique, Malawi, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Bangladesh.

Supervisors: Dr. Alison Browne and Dr. Deljana Iossifova


  • everyday practices , feminism , global South urbanism, urban infrastructures , water, sanitation and hygiene

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