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dr. C. Anthonj (Carmen)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of GeoHealth in the Department of Earth Observation Science at the Faculty ITC, University of Twente. My research focuses on water- and health-related infrastructure, knowledge and behaviour.

I consider water and health challenges, such as water-related infectious disease exposure and provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, from a broader nexus perspective. That includes, for example, implications of inequality, extreme weather events, education and cultural context. I am interested in local knowledge, perspectives and perceptions of water- and health-related challenges and in understanding how such local and contextualized knowledge can be used to inform public health planning, decision-making and interventions.

I conduct empirical mixed methods research from local to global level, across different sectors and with different stakeholders, and collaborate with international organizations, governments and research institutes globally. My regional focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa (esp. Kenya, Namibia), South Pacific (esp. Fiji, Solomon Islands) and Latin America (esp. Brazil, Peru).

Expertise

Medicine & Life Sciences
Hygiene
Sanitation
Wetlands
Social Sciences
Hygiene
Water
Wetland
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Hygiene
Sanitation

Research

My research focuses on water- and health-related infrastructure, knowledge and behaviour. I consider water and health challenges, such as 

  • water-related infectious disease exposure and prevention;
  • provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH);
  • impact of flooding on WASH, disease exposure and healthcare service provision

from a broader nexus perspective. That includes, for example, implications of inequality, extreme weather events, education and cultural context. I am interested in local knowledge, perspectives and perceptions of water- and health-related challenges and in understanding how such local and contextualized knowledge can be used to inform public health planning, decision-making and interventions.

Publications

Recent
Anthonj, C., & Höser, C. (2022). Webbasierte räumliche Analyse und Kommunikation von Infektionsgeschehen. Geographische Rundschau, 74(5), 18-22.
Mattos, K. J., Mulhern, R., Naughton, C. C. , Anthonj, C., Brown, J., Brocklehurst, C., Brooks, C., Declos, A., Escobedo Garcia, N. E., MacDonald Gibson, J., Linden, K., Lindsay, C. A., Newby, J., Sinclair, R., & Smith, A. (2021). Reaching those left behind: knowledge gaps, challenges, and approaches to achieving SDG 6 in high-income countries. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 11(5), 849-858. https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2021.057
Anthonj, C. , Amer, S. , & Pfeffer, K. (2021). How multidisciplinary student groups at ITC at the University of Twente address global GeoHealth challenges with local actions. Newsletter Arbeitskreis Medizinische Geographie und Geographische Gesundheitsforschung in der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geographie, 2021(1), 7-10.
Other Contributions

Selected publications

Anthonj, C., Githinji, S., Höser, C., Stein, A., Blanford, J., Grossi, V., 2021. Kenyan school book knowledge for water, sanitation, hygiene and health education interventions: Disconnect, integration or opportunitiesInternational Journal for Hygiene and Environmental Health 235, 113756. 

Manga, M., Camargo-Valero, M.A., Anthonj, C., Evans, B.E., 2021. Fate of faecal pathogen indicators during faecal sludge composting with different bulking agents in tropical climate. International Journal for Hygiene and Environmental Health 232, 113670. 

Anthonj, C., Setty, K.S., Ezbakhe, F., Manga, M., Hoeser, C., 2020. A systematic review of water, sanitation, hygiene and environmental health among Roma communities in Europe: Situation analysis, cultural context, and obstacles to improvement. International Journal for Hygiene and Environmental Health 226 (113506). 

Cori, L., Bianchi, F., Cadum, E., Anthonj, C., 2020. Risk Perception and COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(9), 3114.

Anthonj, C., Tracy, J.W., Fleming, L., Shields, K.F., Tikoisuva, W.M., Kelly, E.R., Thakkar, M.B., Cronk, R.D., Overmars, M., Bartram, J., 2020. Geographical inequalities in drinking water in the Solomon IslandsScience of the Total Environment 712, 135241.

Fleming, L., Anthonj, C., Thakkar, M.B., Tikoisuva, W.M., Cronk, R. Kelly, E., Shields, K.F., Manga, M., Howard, G., Overmars, M., Bartram, J., 2019. Urban and rural sanitation and hygiene in the Solomon Islands: resilient to extreme weather events? Science of the Total Environment 683, 331-340.

Anthonj, C., Falkenberg, T., 2019. Thirst World? Linking Water and Health in the Context of Development. Book chapter in: Blue Space, Health and Wellbeing: Hydrophilia Unbounded. Routledge. 167-189.

Anthonj, C., Diekkrüger, B., Borgemeister, C., Kistemann, T., 2019. Health risk perceptions and local knowledge of water-related infectious disease exposure among Kenyan wetland communitiesInternational Journal for Hygiene and Environmental Health 222 (1), 34-48.

Anthonj, C., Fleming, L., Cronk, R., Godfrey, S., Ambelu, A., Bevan, J., Sozzi, E., Bartram, J., 2018. Improving monitoring and water point functionality in rural Ethiopia. Water 10 (11), 1591.

Anthonj, C., Githinji, S., Kistemann, T., 2018. The impact of water on health and ill-health in a sub- Saharan African wetland:  Exploring both sides of the coin. Science of the Total Environment 624, 1411-1420.

Anthonj, C., Rechenburg, A., Höser, C., Kistemann, T., 2017. Contracting Infectious Diseases in Sub-Saharan African Wetlands: A Question of Use? A Review. International Journal for Hygiene and Environmental Health 220, 1110-1123

Anthonj, C., Rechenburg, A., Kistemann, T., 2016. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Wetlands. The Case of Ewaso Narok Swamp, Kenya. International Journal for Hygiene and Environmental Health 219 (7), 606-616.

Anthonj, C., Nkongolo, O.T., Schmitz, P., Hango, J.N., Kistemann, T., 2015. The Impact of Flooding on People living with HIV: a case study from Ohangwena Region, NamibiaGlobal Health Action 8, 26441.

 

 

 

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Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

Courses in the current academic year are added at the moment they are finalised in the Osiris system. Therefore it is possible that the list is not yet complete for the whole academic year.
 

Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

In the press

2021

Carmen Anthonj studies the links between water and health
https://www.utwente.nl/en/research/researchers/featured-scientists/anthonj 


Research story: Water security, global health and policymaking
https://www.itc.nl/news/2021/12/300734/research-story-water-security-global-health-and-policymaking 

Research story: Why we have to learn about WASH in schools
https://www.itc.nl/news/2021/9/93214/research-story-why-we-have-to-learn-about-wash-in-schools#covid-19-and-wash-in-schools-implications-challenges-and-solutions 

Addressing global GeoHealth challenges with local actions at ITC
https://www.itc.nl/news/2021/6/1097984/addressing-global-geohealth-challenges-with-local-actions-at-itc

2020

The time and space of water and health: an interview with Carmen Anthonj, PhD
https://www.cawst.org/blog/bydate/2020/10/the-time-and-space-of-water-and-health/

Roofs, rain and life: How to incentivize and implement rainwater harvesting https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/roofs-rain-and-life-how-incentivize-and-implement-rainwater-harvesting

Roofs, rain and life: Rainwater harvesting for safe water supply and sustainable co-benefits
https://blogs.worldbank.org/water/roofs-rain-and-life-rainwater-harvesting-safe-water-supply-and-sustainable-co-benefits

2019

Water Institute uses data to strengthen WaSH systems in Pacific Island countries
https://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/water-institute-uses-data-to-strengthen-wash-systems-in-pacific-island-countries 


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University of Twente
Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC (building no. 75), room 2-134
Hengelosestraat 99
7514AE  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
ITC  2-134
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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