Toilet Talk: Sanitation and Biopoolitics in Nepal and the Philippines
Free Public Lecture
Lecture Theatre 2
207 Bouverie Street
207-221 Bouverie Street
T: 8344 9395
Building toilets and the sustained use of toilets are critical for population health. Perhaps due to the ‘great distaste’ surrounding poo, however, there has been more limited focus on sanitation and defecation as compared to safe drinking water and other hygiene behaviours. This talk explores spaces where population health imperatives – i.e. reduction of faecal-oral disease transmission – intersect with complex factors that compel and constrain improved sanitation and elimination of open defecation.
Drawing on evaluative research of water and sanitation interventions led by Red Cross societies in Nepal (2014) and the Philippines (2016/17), Celia will discuss technologies, proximate social pressures, and biopoolitical factors that influence hygiene and toilet adoption in remote rural villages (Nepal) and school-based institutional settings (Philippines).
Dr Celia McMichael, School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
Dr Celia McMichael
School of Geography, The University of Melbourne
Celia McMichael is a Lecturer in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne. She teaches subjects including 'Cells to Societies' and 'Health Geography'. Celia conducts research focused on health geography, international health, migrant and refugee health, and climate changerelated migration and displacement. She has worked in Nepal, Fiji, Angola, Peru and Sri Lanka. Celia is currently working on research projects focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene behaviour change in ruralpoor communities (Nepal and Philippines) in collaboration with Australian Red Cross, refugee resettlement in Australia, and climate change related migration and relocation in Fiji. Celia has experience in academic research, applied research consultancies and work in the international development sector (with World Health Organisation, Health Organisations, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, NonGovernment Organisations and United Nation agencies).