Carmen Anthonj

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As Assistant Professor of GeoHealth in the Department of Earth Observation Science, with a background in Medical Geography, I conduct research and lecture on the various links between global health and water security in areas of water abundance and water scarcity in rural, urban and indigenous communities in low- and middle-income countries, looking at health promotion (i) through water (e.g. safe drinking water and sanitation) and (ii) from water (e.g. flooding, extreme weather events). I am particularly interested in using of local community knowledge and health risk perceptions to inform health-related decision-making.

I work at the intersection of global health and water security. My research and teaching focus on

  • water-related infectious disease exposure and prevention;
  • health service provision in areas of water abundance and water scarcity;
  • local knowledge, risk perception and behaviour in the context of water and health;
  • the cultural context of water, disease and health.

I investigated diverse water-related health issues with international organizations and governments globally. Past research projects include water-related infectious disease exposure, related health risk perceptions, health-promoting and health-seeking behaviours among farmers and pastoralists in wetlands in semi-arid Kenya; the impact of flooding on people living with HIV/AIDS and on health service provision in Northern Namibia; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) issues in a protracted emergency setting in arid Northeast Nigeria; WASH and the impact of extreme weather events on households, schools and healthcare facilities in Small Island Developing States in the South Pacific; and the WASH situation, cultural context, and obstacles to health improvement among ethnic minority populations in Europe.

I combine qualitative research with quantitative data and have been using mixed methods with a focus on social science approaches to understand and address complex geographies of health issues in data-scarce and difficult-to-access settings.

Prior to joining ITC, I conducted postdoctoral studies at the Water Institute, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, leading research on water, sanitation, hygiene (SDG 6) and health monitoring in households, schools and healthcare facilities in the context of extreme weather events in Fiji, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, funded by UNICEF and in close collaboration with the governments of the three countries (2018-2020). I gained my PhD at the GeoHealth Centre at the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, University of Bonn, where I investigated water-related health risks and disease exposures that wetland users, including farmers and nomadic pastoralists, in East Africa are facing, their risk perceptions and their health-related behaviours (2013-2017).

Throughout my career, I conducted consulting projects on water and health with the United Nations (UNICEF, WHO), and with adelphi, GIZ and others.  

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Bonn

Nov 2013Jun 2017

Award Date: 10 Oct 2017

Master, University of Bonn

Apr 2007Aug 2012

Award Date: 22 Aug 2012

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Edinburgh, UK

Apr 2020Aug 2020

Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNC, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Mar 2018Jul 2020

Consultant at World Health Organization Nigeria, World Health Organization

Nov 2017Mar 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Federal Environmental Agency, Germany

Oct 2017Dec 2017

Consultant at adelphi consult GmbH, Germany

Mar 2017Jul 2017

Associate Researcher at Institute for Hygiene and Public Health, University of Bonn, Germany

Nov 2013Jul 2017

Consultant at Working Group on Peace & Development, Germany

Mar 2013Jul 2013

Intern at Médecins Sans Frontières, Germany

Mar 2011Jun 2011

Intern at Mekong River Commission (MRC), and German Corporation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jul 2010Nov 2010

Intern at Ministry of Health and Social Services of Namibia and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Eenhana, Namibia

Feb 2010May 2010

Research Assistant at United Nations University Department for Environment & Human Security, Germany

Feb 2010May 2010

Research Assistant at Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany

Sep 2009Aug 2013

Intern at Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), Germany

Feb 2008May 2008

Keywords

  • G Geography (General)
  • Medical geography
  • Development research
  • GN Anthropology
  • Human Geography
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Health system research
  • Health risk assessment
  • Public health policy

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