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Cecilia Alda Vidal

Postgraduate Student

Cecilia holds a MSc in Water Management (UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education), an MA in International Development and Cooperation (University of Granada), and a BSc in Environmental Sciences (URJC). She has over five years’ experience working in issues related to water and sanitation in development contexts with international donors and NGOs. Her countries of work include Mozambique, Malawi, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Bangladesh.

As part of her collaboration with the research project: Uncovering Hidden Dynamics in Slum Environments (UNHIDE) leaded by UNESCO-IHE, she has conducted research on gendered small scale water provision in Maputo (Mozambique) and everyday practices of water infrastructure operation and maintenance in Lilongwe, Malawi.

She is currently a doctoral student in Human Geography at the University of Manchester’s School of Environment, Education and Development. Her PhD research investigates urban transformation in the context of global South cities from an everyday life perspective. Her research project will explore uneven trajectories of urban sanitation infrastructures development and everyday practices of sanitation and hygiene in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Research interests: water and sanitation, urban infrastructures, everyday practices, feminism, global South urbanism.

Supervisors: Alison Browne and Deljana Iossifova

Selected documents

Rusca, M., Alda-Vidal, C., Hordijk, M. & Kral, N. (2017) Bathing without water: stories of everyday hygiene practices and risk perception in urban low-income areas. The case of Lilongwe, Malawi, Environment and Urbanization.


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Alda-Vidal, C., Kooy, M. & Rusca, M. (2017) Mapping operation and maintenance: an everyday urbanism analysis of inequalities within piped water supply in Lilongwe, Malawi, Urban Geography.


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