Talk: Wastewater infrastructure, Earthea Nance

March 23, 2017 - 11:45 am to 1:15 pm
Field Auditorium, Environment Hall, Duke West Campus


Innovation, Participation, and Discourse in Brazil’s Sanitation Sector


Earthea Nance

Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy

Texas Southern University

Sustainable infrastructure planning is critical in all places.  But in the developing world, the lack of basic water and sanitation services for over three billion people still contributes to disease, death, low productivity, and poor school attendance (especially for girls).  Brazil is a critical case for examining the role of innovation, community participation, and discourse in transforming the sanitation sector on a large scale.  Known locally as condominial sewers, the new technology is making sanitation services more inclusive.  In this presentation, the author will shed light on the driving discourses of development that emerged during the innovation period, and will introduce comparative techniques for evaluating participation and infrastructure performance.

An event of the In Conditions of Fresh Water project and exhibition by Duke visiting artist (in the Nicholas School) Torkwase Dyson and lawyer/Nicholas School environmental science PhD candidate Danielle Purifoy.

Dyson and Purifoy’s community partners for In Conditions of Fresh Water: the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise and the West End Revitalization Association. Duke University sponsors and supporters: Center for Documentary Studies, Council for the Arts, Nicholas School of the Environment, Department of African and African American Studies, Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic.