Towards Sustainable Sanitation in India and Brazil (TOSSIB)

A collaborative project with partners at the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Aberdeen, TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and Universidade Federal de Vicosa (Brazil). Funded by the Royal Society’s Challenge-Led Grants scheme (£499,993 FEC).

Duration: 03/2019 – 09/2021

The Project

There is a lack of systematic and integrated evidence on the sustainability outcomes of transitions in sanitation systems. Such outcomes can depend on factors as diverse as context-specific resource availability, everyday practices and local value, belief and norm systems.

The overall aim of this project is to contribute to improved human well-being as the overarching goal of the Sustainable Development agenda. It will define and advance a systems approach for sanitation and the study of sustainability outcomes across different sanitation systems, geographical contexts (India, Brazil) and temporal scales using multiple analytical approaches and state-of-the-art modelling. Scenario building will support decision makers in uncovering plausible futures.

The project will enhance our understanding of complex human-environment interactions and their sustainability outcomes. It aligns with the GCRF agenda for enabling change in addressing multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): reducing inequalities in promoting sustainable sanitation for low-income areas (SDG10, SDG12); supporting the development of sanitation infrastructures that are culturally appropriate, more inclusive, economically viable and less wasteful (SDG6, SDG11); helping to reduce common health risks associated with the lack of sanitation (SDG3); and progressing the improvement of living standards for the poor (SDG11).


Dr Deljana IOSSIFOVA (Lead and PI UK), Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester. Ulysses SENGUPTA, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Director of Complexity Planning and Urbanism (CPU) at the Manchester School of Architecture (Manchester Metropolitan University). Dr Nir OREN, Reader in the Agents, Reasoning and Knowledge (ARK) group of the Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen. Dr Murilo da Silva BAPTISTA, Reader at the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology, University of Aberdeen.

Prof Amita BHIDE (PI India), Dean, School of Habitat Studies, TATA Institute of Social Sciences.

Prof Norma Felicidade Lopes da Silva VALENCIO (PI Brazil), Senior Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos.  Dr Ana Paula BALTAZAR, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Director of MOM (Morar de Outras Maneiras), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Dr Ana Augusta Passos REZENDE, Professor of Civil Engineering at Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV).

Members of the Advisory Board

Dr Alexandros GASPARATOS, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at IR3S, University of Tokyo. Paula LUCCI, Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI, London). Dr Jose SIRI, Senior Science Lead for Cities and Health, Wellcome Trust.

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