PhD: Migration, sexual and gender-based violence and access to water and sanitation

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Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Project Description

The mass displacement of people poses formidable challenges for the management of water and sanitation in refugee camps. Water-borne disease outbreaks (cholera, bloody diarrhoea, typhoid, and hepatitis E) have been a major concern. Women face additional challenges due to their vulnerability to sexual and gender-based violence while collecting water and using toilets. However, the extent to which equitable and sustainable access to water and sanitation is influenced by gender remains poorly understood. Research in this area could contribute to greater understanding of 1) the role of water governance, accountability and advocacy and its intersection with gender in refugee camps 2) the specific vulnerabilities of diverse groups of women, including the ways in which gender intersects with other dimensions of identity, literacy, linguistic ability and social support to influence access to water and sanitation 3) the scope for devising analytical and practical tools which can support women in this area.

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Funding Notes

Scholarships will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately £15,009 for the 36 month duration of the project and is available to applicants from the UK, EU and overseas.