John develops Aquaya’s research programs on sanitation markets, economics, and outcomes in urban and rural areas. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he oversees research on enabling environments for safe and sustainable urban water and sanitation service provision, economics for container-based sanitation in Kenya, pathogen exposure pathways affecting young children in Madagascar, and financially sustainable rural water and sanitation service provision in Ghana.
Previously, John was a postdoctoral research associate and doctoral student within the Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, he studied the global sustainability and suitability of resource recovery from sanitation chains, working within an interdisciplinary engineering, economics, agriculture, and social-ecological systems perspective. In particular, he focused on resource-limited contexts such as informal settlements in Kampala, Uganda. John also worked in Uganda for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer, helping to develop water, sanitation, and school infrastructure programs with Brick by Brick Uganda.
John holds a PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MS in environmental engineering from the University of South Florida, and a BS in civil and environmental engineering from Bucknell University.