Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

AWMC Seminar Program: Dr Kumi Abeysuriya

New paradigms for sustainable sanitation: challenges and opportunities
Abstract: This talk will highlight key drivers for needing to transition to sustainable sanitation practices urgently, in both developed and developing countries. The urine diversion pilot research conducted at ISF (2010-2012) will be discussed in some detail, to illustrate the multi-dimensional aspects and challenges of adopting alternative sanitation models. The complex issues regarding sanitation in typical developing countries will be discussed briefly to challenge the audience to think about new sanitation paradigms that might allow multiple objectives to be fulfilled.

Bio: Dr. Kumi Abeysuriya is a Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, where she has worked on projects to influence policy, including research relating to distributed and decentralized urban water, wastewater and energy. Formerly a physicist, Kumi completed a transdisciplinary PhD at the Institute on improving the sustainability of urban sanitation for developing Asian countries, drawing on sector information from her country of origin, Sri Lanka. She has a keen interest in international development research to enable developing countries to leap frog to sustainable water and sanitation services.

Event Details
Date & Time: 
Friday, 10 February 2017
9am - 9:30am
Venue: AIBN Building 75, Level 1 Seminar Room

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