Toilet Talk: Sanitation and Biopoolitics in Nepal and the Philippines
Free Public Lecture
Lecture Theatre 2
207 Bouverie Street
207-221 Bouverie Street
T: (03) 8344 9395
Building toilets and the sustained use of toilets are critical for population health. Perhaps due to the ‘great distaste’ surrounding poo, however, there has been more limited focus on sanitation and defecation as compared to safe drinking water and other hygiene behaviours. This talk explores spaces where population health imperatives – i.e. reduction of faecal-oral disease transmission – intersect with complex factors that compel and constrain improved sanitation and elimination of open defecation.
Drawing on evaluative research of water and sanitation interventions led by Red Cross societies in Nepal (2014) and the Philippines (2016/17), Celia will discuss technologies, proximate social pressures, and biopoolitical factors that influence hygiene and toilet adoption in remote rural villages (Nepal) and school-based institutional settings (Philippines).