Institutions for Urban Poor's Access to Ecosystem Services: A Comparison of Green and Water Structures in Bangladesh and Tanzania

Lead PI
Dr Manoj Roy
Institution
University of Lancaster
Start Date
1 September, 2013
End Date
30 November, 2016
Project Code
NE/L001616/1

Background:

Bangladesh and Tanzania are two rapidly urbanising, least-developed countries, with their populations living in low-income settlements relying on two key ecosystems for essential services: urban green and water structures.

These provide shelter, fuel, food, safe drinking water, drainage, and flood/pollution prevention. However, they are also the source of 'disservices' such as harmful bacteria which can lead to chronic ill-health.

In these low-income countries where state authority is weak, co-production (providing public services through collaboration between state agencies and citizen groups) and community collective action can together serve as building blocks for institutional effectiveness.

Our research will focus on Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Der es Salaam (Tanzania) to identify policy-relevant design principles and operational practices needed to produce ecosystem services which promote sustainable improvements in the wellbeing of the urban poor. The similarities between these two cities will enable findings to be generalised, while their contrasts will allow us to develop a robust conceptual framework and test emerging hypotheses.

We have also adopted a multi-disciplinary, multi-context approach, bringing together a team of leading Bangladeshi, Tanzanian and UK researchers, and it will train and engage 20 promising young Bangladeshi and Tanzanian researchers. 

 

 

 

Name Role Organisation Country
Dr Manoj Roy Lead Principal Investigator The University of Lancaster United Kingdom
Professor Clive Agnew Co Investigator The University of Manchester United Kingdom
Professor Adisa Azapagic Co Investigator The University of Manchester United Kingdom
Professor David Hulme Co Investigator The University of Manchester United Kingdom
Dr Ferdous Jahan Co Investigator BRAC University Bangladesh
Professor Ferdous Jahan Co Investigator University of Dhaka Bangladesh
Dr Shemdoe Riziki Co Investigator Ardhi University Tanzania, United Republic of
Dr James Rothwell Co Investigator The University of Manchester United Kingdom
Professor Tahmeed Ahmed Researcher International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) Bangladesh
Ms Hasin Jahan Researcher WaterAid Bangladesh Bangladesh
Professor Mengiseny Kaseva Researcher Ardhi University Tanzania, United Republic of
Professor Md Abdur Mollah Researcher University of Dhaka Bangladesh
Dr Ishita Mostafa Researcher International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) Bangladesh
Dr Neema Ngware Researcher Ardhi University Tanzania, United Republic of
Mr Mizanur Rahman Researcher Institute of Water Modelling Bangladesh
Dr Onesmo Zakaria Sigalla Researcher MO Resources Ltd Tanzania, United Republic of
Dr Betty Waized Researcher Sokoine University of Agriculture Tanzania, United Republic of