Published on March 2, 2013 at 7:19 AM
International experts are speaking at a series of seminars in Greenwich to examine the global issues around water management and sustainability.
More than 780 million people in the world today do not have access to reliable sources of drinking water, and 2.5 billion lack decent sanitation. This causes serious threats to health. The complex relationship between water service provision and public health is therefore the focus of the first Greenwich Water Talk, to be held on 7th March at the Greenwich Campus.
Four world-leading scholars will give keynote speeches looking at the relationship between water policy and health from different perspectives: disease prevention, environmental engineering, sociology and political economy.
The speakers include David Hall, Director of the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich Business School. Other speakers are: Professor Sandy Cairncross, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Professor Léo Heller, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil; and Professor José Esteban Castro, Newcastle University.
Emanuele Lobina, Principal Lecturer in PSIRU, says: "The relationship between water policy and public health is key to water sustainability. Throughout the years, our keynote speakers have been leading scholarly debate and producing tangible policy impact. I am delighted that I will introduce such a line-up of speakers and I very much look forward to the discussion that will follow".